Senior Spotlight: Jared Dawson

Piedmont senior, Jared Dawson, is the portrait of a Piedmont graduate.  Earning the Earth Science Honors Highest Average Award in 9th grade, the Spanish III Honors Highest Average Award and Best Actor Award in 10th grade shows that Jared has flexibility and a wide range of talent.  He won First Place in the Secondary Division of the Tar Heel Junior Historian Fall 2018 Magazine Article Contest.  In the Fall of 2018, he became a published author when his winning article was published.  His top GPA earned him a spot as a Junior Marshall.

On where his motivation stems, he said, “I envision where I want to be.  I realize that I must learn to take charge of my actions to set myself up for future success.  I’ve learned how to do what I was told, and take charge where the instructions are not clearly set out before me.  I strive to be independently driven.”  He realizes that his actions as a teenager have big ripples into the rest of his future; thus he has created a strong foundation for success by taking advantage of each day.

He shares, “Of Piedmont’s core values, I have grown the most in community.  When I think of community, I think of the many service opportunities that I’ve enjoyed throughout the years like Special Olympics, Operation Christmas Child, and multiple donation drives that make a difference beyond our school.  Mrs. Whitlock and Mrs. Cook show great leadership in the spirit of serving others. They really show love to those they serve.”

While he has served the community through nine different organizations from an Eagle Scout Project to Least of These Gaston, his biggest service project will begin after graduation.  Jared shares that he going to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for two years following his graduation.  He will find out the destination this summer.  Depending on where he travels, he will possibly learn a new language.

National Honor Society, Boy Scouts of America, Junior Heart Board, Environmental Club, History Club and Swim Team at Wesley Acres have allowed Jared to serve the community and build leadership skills.   He advises freshmen to take it easy. “There’s much more to High School than just work!  Try to find a good balance between not stressing too much about what you have to do, and taking the initiative to do your part in accomplishing your goals. Find ways to reach out to your community and to those around you!”