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Duplin Rotary Honors Students of the Month

Rotary Students of the Month
(from l to r) Michael Aquino, Hunter North, Sierra Dixon, and Stephanie Quintanilla stand alongside Rotary President Jessie Dowe. 

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – April 13, 2017- Four Duplin County Schools students were recognized by the Duplin Rotary as Students of the Month for March. Michael Aquino, Sierra Dixon, Hunter North, and Stephanie Quintanilla along with their guests and Rotary members enjoyed a luncheon at the Country Squire Restaurant in Warsaw today before the students shared with the club their accomplishments and plans for the future. Rotary President Jessie Dowe greeted all guests and shared with the students the Rotary Club’s excitement each month in honoring the Students of the Month.

Michael Aquino was selected by Duplin Early College High School as its Rotary Student of the Month. He will graduate in May from James Sprunt Community College with three associate degrees. He plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and earn a degree in nursing.  He would like to attend medical school at either the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Duke University and hopes to one day become a neurosurgeon. He says he has a passion to provide the best quality healthcare for the residents of Duplin County. At DECHS he is involved in the Beta Club. He is also a member of the Student Advisory. He likes his school because everyone is dedicated to helping one another succeed, both academically and in life. He enjoys all of his teachers at DECHS and JSCC, but says Dr. Nick, his JSCC anatomy and physiology instructor inspires him and makes him want to learn. Michael is the son of Amado and Juana Aquino.

Sierra Dixon is James Kenan High School’s Rotary Student of the Month for April. She plans to attend NC Central University and major in sociology and administrative counseling.  She hopes to become a director of student admissions or director of student services at the college level one day. She chose NCCU because when she visited, everyone was friendly and the atmosphere was personable. While at JKHS, she has been involved in the Beta and FCCLA clubs.  She has also served as a college ambassador. She likes teachers Mr. Brad Lloyd and Mrs. Hannah Bell, and says English teacher Mr. Jimmy Newkirk is her favorite. Sierra enjoys her involvement in her church, where she sometimes plays drums. Other than her parents, the person who has had the most influence on her life is her Aunt Shirley.  Instead of daycare, she stayed with her aunt when she was young and her aunt taught her how to do many things at an early age. She also taught her she could do anything she put her mind to. Sierra is the daughter of Donald and Sharnelle Dixon.

East Duplin High School chose Hunter North as the April Student of the Month. Hunter has been accepted to East Carolina University and will be part of the Honors College. He plans to major in pre-med and hopes to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. At EDHS he is a member of the Health Sciences Academy. He likes his school because he is able to take James Sprunt Community College classes without a fee and students can take as many as they would like. He also appreciates the Guidance Department at his school, as the counselors have been very helpful. His favorite teacher is Health Sciences teacher Amanda Jenkins. Hunter says she has shared her experiences as a registered nurse with her classes. He has his basic EMT license and volunteers with Duplin County Emergency Management Services. Hunter is the son of Buddy and Anne North.

Stephanie Quintanilla is North Duplin Jr/Sr High School’s student of the Month. She plans to attend East Carolina University and major in exercise physiology. She plans to continue school to earn a medical degree and become an orthopedic surgeon. At NDJS, she is involved in the Beta Club, and the Student Body Association along with the Health Sciences Academy and HOSA. Her favorite teacher is math teacher Kevin Anderson who, she says, teaches using the best methods.  She earned her certification as a nurse’s aide from James Sprunt Community College and that has helped her understand the medical field. She hopes to come back to Duplin County to practice medicine. Her biggest inspiration is her brother who also attended ECU and played football for the Pirates. Stephanie is the daughter of Omar and Olga Quintanilla.

Rotary President Jessie Dowe introduced each of the students and told them after the program that they are all bright and articulate.  He also shared that they are a blessing to their parents, their schools, and the entire community.

Duplin County Schools is thankful to the Duplin Rotary for sponsoring this student recognition program.