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WINSTON-SAIEM/FORSYTH COUNTY SCHOOLS GRADOATIS
BY KIM UNDERWOOD
As graduation from Carver High
School nears, Alexis Sides finds herself
thinking about the future.
"It keeps me up at night thinking about
what the future holds and the great experi
ences i am
going to get
about the person
she will become
and the kind of
people she will
meet along the
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president of the
student body, a
regular on the
honor roll and a
"I have been
a dancer with
band for four years," she said. "The band
went everywhere the football team went."
As president of the student body, she
meets with Principal Travis Taylor to talk
, about some of the issues on students'
minds. At first, she said, she was a little
nervous. That soon changed.
"I did note her uneasiness during our
first encounters and asked her to relax and
feel confident in representing the voice of
her peers," said Taylor. "She fully
embraced this concept and has fought hard
to alter the dress code, extend student priv
ileges and increase school spirit.
"Alexis is wonderful student, full of
potential with boundless possibilities.
When Alexis pairs her energy with her
ambition, there is little that she cannot
achieve. I expect great and legendary
things from her."
Sides gets everyone's day going each
morning by reading the announcements.
She also participates in the Crosby
Scholars program and in a mentoring pro
gram in which Carver students go to Cook
"Alexis has and continues to overcome
many obstacles in her life," said counselor
Renae Irving. "In spite of all her chal
lenges, she maintains good grades and is
very active in school activities. She is a
very bright young lady and focused on her
Dance teacher Jemecia Vaughn said:
"Gifted and well
rounded are just a
few words that
come to mind
when I think of
Alexis. Many see
her talents and
abilities as a
leader, but 1
believe her great
est strength is her
ability to be
in the face of
carries a confi
dence yet is mod
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low the crowd, she has a drive and deter
mination to Utilize her talents to the best of
At Mineral Springs Middle, Sides
played basketball, volleyball and Softball.
She also acted in a production of the musi
"I like to act," she said.
Science is one of Sides' strengths and
next year, she plans to go to N.C. A&T
State University to major in sports medi
"I want to work with people who have
sports injuries to help them get back on
track," said Alexis. "I want to go for my
master's so that I can be a physical thera
Although that is her official plan, she
loves dancing so much that she can also
envision it as a career.
As she thinks about the future, she
wonders what path she will end up taking.
The Carver graduation ceremony is
scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at the
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial
BY KIM UNDERWOOD
Aisha Barnes likes to work. She has a
consistently positive attitude and a natural
Barnes, who is legally blind, already
works part-time for Industries for the
Blind. After she graduates from Carter
High School, she will work there full-time.
"Aisha is an outstanding student and
strives for excellence in everything she
does," said school counselor Daya Patton.
"Aisha is a natural leader and encourager
among her peers. Aisha has a great sense
of humor and is pleasure to be around.
Aisha's strong work ethic, demonstrated
leadership skills and ability to overcome
challenges will help her to be successful in
her postsecondary career.
"Aisha evidences a maturity and work
ethic that is remarkable for any high school
student. She has chosen to forego many of
the social or fun activities associated with
being a senior at Carter in order to hold a
full-time job at Industries for the Blind.
She is committed to making a successful
transition into her adult life and is a role
model for her peers. She has benefited
from the support of her teachers and par
ents. She is a shining example of what a
hard-working Wildcat can grow up to be."
Barnes enjoys being around people and
"Aisha has limited vision, but she will
be the first to complete the assignment and
help the others who have not completed
it," said Carter teacher Lizzie Faucette.
"She is a people person," said her
mother Stephanie Drummond. "She is
good at talking with people. At school,
they call her Little Miss Sociable."
At Carter, Barnes has been participat
ing in a program called Best Buddies in
which a student at Carter is paired with a
student at Wake Forest University. Best
Buddies may have lunch together at Carter
or head out into the world for an adventure.
Barnes' Best Buddy is Wake Forest
student Melissa Olney.
"Aisha has such a contagious positive
attitude, a love for her family, friends, and
her job and a high level of self-esteem,"
said Olney. "She inspires all of us to be our
best selves and to enjoy each and every
day to its fullest!"
Barnes has been a cheerleader at Carter
for three years and played volleyball for
one year. She participates in the Special
"Aisha recognizes her physical chal
lenges but she is determined that she will
be the 'winner,'" said Faucette. "Aisha has
asthma, but she will run the race and win
She enjoys art, and outside of school,
she enjoys shopping for clothes.
"She likes accessories, too," said
"I bought so many earrings that my
mom told me that I couldn't buy any
more," said Barnes. ^
Aisha went to Lowrance Middle
School before coming to Carter. Her
younger brother, Quinton is a first-grader
at Ward Elementary School.
Barnes enjoys her job at Industries for
"I like to work," she said.
The graduation ceremony for Carter is
scheduled for Friday, June 5 at Carter High
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