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Student name: Cassidy Thompson
school: John T. Hoggard High School
Best Subject: English
Least Favorite Subject: Mathematics, although I still love this subject.
Favorite quote or saying: “Trust Him with Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before Him, for God is our refuge.” -Psalm 62:8; I also love “Don’t focus on your dreams and forget to live”. -Albus Dumbledore, from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
What drives you crazy? I don’t get irritated easily so there aren’t many things that drive me crazy. I would say what bothers me the most is when people show no compassion for others and put themselves above everyone else.
What makes you happy? I spend time with my family. Just laugh with them, fool around with them and enjoy their company.
Favorite book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Favorite movie: “The Princess Bride”
Favorite colorr: Red
Favorite food: Mac and cheese!
What do you do for fun? I like to spend time with friends, but I also like to read and play instruments! I play piano and cello.
Who do you most admire and why? I admire many people, but most of all I admire my parents. My father is a pastor, so both of my parents have to carry a lot of burdens when they pastor the church. It always amazes me how they show love to people even when they feel tired and overwhelmed. I hope that one day I can be like them, always happily putting the needs of others before my own.
Educational goals: My main goal has always been to go to Duke University for college! I hope to get the most out of my high school that I can – take the hardest classes and be involved in making my school a better place. I want to leave New Hanover School District a better place for future students!
Career goal: I have several career ideas. Now I’m thinking about music education. I am very passionate about music and it would be incredible to share my love of music with others and shape the lives of young children in the process. I also love to write, so I am interested in becoming an author.
For Caress Clegg, Superintendent of Communications for New Hanover County Schools, How does this student’s exemplary behavior illustrate the goals of your school? Cassidy is honest, responsible, accountable and involved. She fulfills her commitments and strives to complete all tasks in the best possible way. She is committed to creating a better education for future students and her peers and was instrumental in the adoption of the New Hanover School District Student Voice Council Policy. By working on this project in collaboration with students from other middle and high schools, she has demonstrated the desire and initiative to be college, career and civic ready.