Senior Spotlight: Anaiah Crawford

Piedmont senior, Anaiah Crawford, hopes to attend UNCC. She wants to major in biochemistry and minor in business. She says, “I am interested in entrepreneurship because it is one of the focal points of my upbringing. I have many role models who are following their passions while working for themselves.”

Anaiah’s favorite classes in high school are guitar class and chorus class. She says, “They enable me to sing, play guitar, and enjoy life. I have even written songs in guitar class. Mr. White is a phenomenal teacher. He makes our lives easier for those of us with heavy workloads.  Mrs. Painter is also an excellent teacher because she cares about each student. Both teachers create a safe space for students to learn and grow. Singing and playing the guitar are two of my passions and these classes make me genuinely happy.”

Piedmont’s core values are academics, character and community. Anaiah exhibits all of these traits. She is part of a non-profit organization known as Teens Changing Gaston County, which is a philanthropic group. They analyze grant requests and pick which nonprofits receive part of the Community Foundation’s funding. Anaiah is president of the Bible Club and Environmental Club. She also serves the community through Jr. Heart Board, helping coordinate blood drives and educating her peers on heart health. Through her membership in the National Honors Society, she has consistently served the school and community by supporting food drives, collecting socks for the needy and more. Anaiah clearly loves to be involved. She is a member of the Sign Language Club, Piedmont Public Service Club, Prom Committee, Dance Team and Foreign Language Club. Her freshman and senior years, she was part of Piedmont’s musical theater competition cast for the Blumey Awards. She shares, “I am secretary of the Youth at my church. I go to church every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. I am on the Full Gospel Mass choir. We meet every Tuesday to rehearse, and sometimes I sing solos with the choir on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sundays. I feed the children every Wednesday at my church. Since I am Choir director of the community choir, I teach the kids songs on Wednesdays, which we perform every 4th Sunday.”

What has all this involvement earned her? Outside of meaningful friendships and community connection, Anaiah won two awards from the Miss All Natural Pageant. Her academic awards include English, Math, Science, History, and Straight A Honor Roll Awards. Her fellow seniors voted to give her three senior superlatives, “most likely to brighten your day,” the “best smile,” and the “most musically talented.” Anaiah seems to always be wearing her smile.

As she considers rising freshmen who will begin their high school journey next year, she says, “Take honors classes if you can. Don’t procrastinate! You take classes to create sustainability for your future. Your high school GPA is not just a good grade, but your ticket into college, which will impact your whole life. Don’t waste time. Take Career and College Promise classes because you save time as well as money. Join as many clubs as possible!”  Anaiah Crawford is the portrait of a Piedmont graduate.


* Senior Spotlight articles are done on the students with the top 15 GPAs.