Senior Spotlight: Hannah McLaughlin

Piedmont senior, Hannah McLaughlin, will be attending Appalachian State University to study communication sciences and disorders.   She received the academic excellence scholarship worth $4000 from Appalachian State University.  She earned a $1000 scholarship by winning 2nd place in the Rotary “4-Way Test” Scholarship Challenge.  East Tennessee State University offered her $60,000.  She is currently waiting for winners to be announced from other scholarships.

For three years, Hannah has served on the Teen Advisory Board at the Gaston County Public Library.  Every month she has met with other selected students to help plan programs for the Children and Teen departments during the school year and for summer reading.  During high school she has been a general volunteer at the library through the Volunteer program.  In the Fall of 2018, Hannah brought her passion for books to Piedmont by starting the Piedmont Readers club. She organized the book club meetings and activities, inspiring 6th through 12th grade students to get excited about reading.  Book club staff sponsor, Mrs. Simeral, shares, “Hannah shows excellent leadership and planning.  I am amazed at her creativity.” Through the National Honor Society, she coordinated the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive for the Guardian ad Litem’s annual food drive. For two years she volunteered at the Special Olympics at North Gaston High School.  Community service holds a special place in Hannah’s heart.

Is she passionate about a fine art? Absolutely, she is a talented vocalist. She attended the Gardner Webb Choral Clinic in the 10th Grade.  She has been in a Gaston School of the Arts choir and theater production.  In the summer of 2018, Hannah was chosen to attend the prestigious Governor’s School for Choral Music.  She performed at the Piano Festival Superiors three years in a row.  Her piano teacher has coordinated for Hannah to be a volunteer performer for residents in the nursing home for six years.  Clearly, Hannah is a dedicated musical student that enjoys sharing music with others.

Hannah is well-rounded earning a list of awards for academic excellence as well as outstanding character.  The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) gave her their Good Citizens Award.  She was chosen to learn about governmental leadership at Tar Heel Girls State.  For the past two years, she has been selected as Best Attorney in Trial by the Teen Court Summit.  This year she was part of the Teen Court team that won best overall in the state.  For her work with Teen Court, Hannah was given the Governor’s Volunteer Award.

Her advise for rising freshman is, “to stay organized and keep to-do lists and calendars. This will make the difference between an A and performing below your capability.”  Hannah is the portrait of a Piedmont graduate.

hannah with books

Hannah Senior Spotlight

hannah volunteer Gaston award