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Duplin Rotary Honors November Students Of The Month

Duplin Rotary Students Stand Together


Duplin Rotary recently recognized Duplin County Schools students as Students of the Month for November. Students along with their guests and rotary club members enjoyed lunch at the Country Squire before sharing their accomplishments and future plans after high school.

Jordan Whaley, senior at East Duplin High School plans to attend East Carolina University and pursue a degree in Nursing. Currently, Jordan is a member of HOSA and is very involved in church. The most influential person in her life has been her grandmother because she always has a great attitude and helps everyone she can. Jordan states, "She is the strongest woman I know."  The thing Jordan likes most about her school is the school spirit. Her favorite teacher is Kirk Kennedy because he makes the class enjoyable and teaches so much more than just Biology.  The qualities Jordan looks for in a friend is being dependable, trustworthy and loyal and in 10 years, Jordan says she would like to be married with kids and finishing up medical school.

Hannah Lee, senior at Duplin Early College High School plans to attend Brigham Young University in the fall and major in Elementary Education.  Hannah loves her community and is very active in church. Hannah says the most influential person in her life is her Aunt Jean because she is always reaching out to serve others. Her favorite teacher at school is Mr. DJ Fussel who teaches civics and economics which is Hannah’s favorite subject. “Mr. Fussel makes learning fun and interesting,” says Hannah.  The qualities Hannah looks for in a friend is someone who is positive and encourages others. In 10 years, Hannah says she would like to have a job in her field and just be happy.

Abril Dominquez Eriza is a senior at North Duplin Jr/Sr High School. She has been involved in many clubs and organizations at NDJS while also serving as an interpreter and volunteer in her church.  The most influential person in Abril’s life is her mother because she is brave, kind-hearted and very supportive. Some of Abril’s favorite quotes are “work for a cause, not for applause” and “live life to express, not impress.” Abril says that regardless of what life has thrown at her, she is proud of the young woman she has become.  She plans to attend James Sprunt Community College in the fall and in two years transfer to UNC-Wilmington to pursue a degree in teaching. 

Gracie Chestnutt is a senior at James Kenan High School where she is active in FFA and the Beta Club. She has a passion for agriculture and truly enjoys being part of the Duplin Agribusiness Academy. Growing up, Gracie says that one of the most influential people in her life has been Jewel Brown because she has always been there for her and helped her when she needed it most. Gracie has truly worked hard in her academics and has already begun taking courses at James Sprunt Community College. In the fall, she plans to attend the University of Mount Olive and major in Agriculture Education. Gracie says that in 10 years, she wants to be teaching agriculture in high school.

Rotarian Joann Stroud expressed her appreciation to the students for sharing their accomplishments and future plans with the group and says she always looks forward to the Rotary meeting where Duplin County Schools students are recognized.