Seniors applying for the 2014 Hall of Fame at North Augusta High School had to answer “Why do you love NAHS?” Below are the answers supplied by the winners.
“I love NAHS because I am able to receive a great education from teachers who care about the success of students. Whenever I needed help, I could always count on teacher to help me in any way possible. In addition, I have had the opportunity to participate in multiple clubs at NAHS in which I could explore my interests and develop leadership skills needed for my future career. I love NAHS because of the great student body, the dedicated faculty, and the countless opportunities offered.” – Sheena Amin
“North Augusta High School has become a second home to me. It has given me the opportunity to stand out and succeed, as well as, grow into myself. I love this school because of the people that work here, the students that attend school here, and because of the sense of being a part of something bigger and better when you are a North Augusta Yellow Jacket.”- Nicole Fuller
“North Augusta High School holds a special place in my heart. My mother is an alumnus and my father worked as teacher and administrator for seventeen years. Since I was born, I’ve been wearing black and gold, and have been attending North Augusta High athletic games and other school functions. Over the past four years, I’ve had so many great memories as a yellow jacket in the classroom, hallways, practice field, locker room, and cafeteria. I’ll forever remember that North Augusta High had a lot to do with molding me in to the person who I am today. I’m proud to be a yellow jacket and looking forward to the memories that will be made during the home stretch of my high school career.” – Luke Smith
“North Augusta High School is a place where I can be bigger than life. I get to learn, and express myself. With each new school year I have even learned a new way to pronounce my name because even for a teacher my name can be difficult to grasp. When I am in Mrs. Dukes’ room, her students know me better as Sandy from the movie Grease. Here at North Augusta I am an artist. From painting canvases in class, and sidewalks for art shows, to painting our Senior boys on the Bod Squad. And creating this year’s yearbook has made me use all of my talents. I love North Augusta because it has given me the opportunity to be creative, to be a leader, and has prepared me for my goals in the future.” – Bronwyn Bigger
“I love North Augusta High School because it has helped me find a sense of who I am. NAHS has taught me many valuable lessons, and has granted me invaluable experiences. The teachers/faculty, my peers, and my friends have prepared me for greater. How could I not love that? What else do I love about North Augusta High School? I think the question should be ‘What is not to love about North Augusta High School?’ It’d be much simpler and shorter to answer. Like all things nothing is perfect, but my love overshadows any imperfection. I couldn’t imagine attending a different school. Many of my memories, my triumphs and my failures like here within NAHS…and that I love. Coming to love NAHS isn’t something that happened when I began 9th grade. It took time, as with all things, but before I knew it, I felt a sense of unity and pride that comes from being a part of NAHS. Although I’m graduating this year, NAHS:
Is something that will always be a part of me.
It is something that I can always look back on to bring a smile on my face.
It is something I can take with me wherever I go for the rest of my life.
I think it would be crazy not to love North Augusta High School!”- Hyuri McDowell
“There is a plethora of reasons why I love our school, but the underlying reason is because of the people here. From the teachers and staff to the students, there is a friendly and comforting atmosphere in NAHS. The teachers are willing to spend long Friday afternoons helping students, just so the student will understand the lesson. They always greet you with a smile at the door and are eager to interest and develop the minds of the students. The teachers at NAHS have one main goal, to prepare us for life, and they do just that. With going to college next year, I most definitely feel that I am ready to tackle anything that it has to throw at me. The teachers are not only that, but they are friends as well. They will gladly sit down and help you solve any problem you are experiencing.
The friends at NAHS have made the four years here intriguing and lovable. From the whispering across the classroom, to the long study sessions, my classmates shaped not only (my) school career, but my life as well. I have made friends that will be my roommates at Clemson and will last forever. I couldn’t have gotten through high school without them, and I would like to thank them for all they have done to shape my life. These four years of my life have flown by, but I will never forget the memories and experience I have enjoyed in this school.” – Ben Phifer
“I love North Augusta High School because it has provided me with such an outstanding academic experience and even more outstanding memories to accompany it. And what else do we have other than memories? I’ll never forget the lessons I’ve learned about not only math, science, and other school subjects, but life and character from my teachers. I’ll never forget the unity and excitement I experienced on Friday nights in the fall on those not-so-faithful bleachers. Most of all, I won’t forget the people I’ve met and experienced life with in these four years; the teachers that I’ve had the pleasure of learning from, new students I’ve met at school, other people I’ve met while representing NAHS from afar, and the best friends to keep me company throughout the process. NAHS provided me with an amazing education to help me to succeed wherever I choose to go and it has also provided me with the fondest of memories to look back on once I get there.” –Nicholas Barrs
“I hear people say every day that they cannot wait until they get out of this school and this little town, and I try to imagine what could have happened to make them feel that way. Growing up, I was always a part of the NAHS community because my older brother and sister were involved in baseball and softball for the school. At that early age, I saw just how much our community loved our school. I hoped that one day, I could be right in the middle of that warming community. Once I got to the ninth grade and became a part of the high school, I saw the passion the students have for the school. The biggest time of the year for NAHS is when students, faculty, families, and alumni all come together to watch the football games. Win or lose, we support our football team. We take pride in saying that we love them. The fact that we are not a huge city that as more schools than we can count gives us the chance to be a close community. I love our small town and I love our school.” – Kelsey Williams
“I love NAHS because of the student body. The feeling you get from screaming in the student section during a football game under a cloud of baby powder or storming the field after a win is unparalleled. I know I’ll look back fifty years from now and be proud of my graduating class and all that we’ve accomplished. NAHS is more than a school, it’s a community that is unlike any other. I’m proud to be a part of the class of 2014 and I’ll be even more proud when we’re walking across the stage in June.” – Eric White
“I love North Augusta High School because it has given me every opportunity to grow as an individual. It has driven me to be a leader, while molding me into the person I am today, and the person I aspire to be tomorrow. It has given me the knowledge and the confidence to exceed past my highest expectations. It has given me excitement for my future life beyond high school; it has given me memories that will always hold a special place in my heart. When I do come back, whether it be when my own children walk these halls or to watch an intense football game, I will always feel a strong connection with this community and school. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for North Augusta High School. I have loved every moment of growing closer to my student body through club meetings, sporting events, pep rallies and even through the bustling halls in between classes. North Augusta High School is not just a high school; it’s a place for students to grow academically, but more importantly, into a well-rounded member of our future society. I have been influenced greatly by the teachers and faculty and I will be forever grateful for their presence in my life. I will always have a sincere gratitude and a love for North Augusta High School for leaving a mark on my adolescence that I never thought was possible.” –Olivia Oates