Thomas Adams of Clemmons, NC is a graduate of West Forsyth High School. He will be attending Appalachian State University where he plans to study Computer Science. Thomas, whose mother has MS, worked hard in school to achieve honors as an AP Scholar, while helping out with household chores and taking care of his brother. Thomas lettered in football and was a member of Crosby Scholars. He made a difference in his community by participating in his church’s Religious Education Program as a Sunday School Teacher for the Pre-K through 1st grade class. Pamela Lepley, Director of Religious Education says, “Thomas brings a loving spirit to the classroom along with his understanding of the need for movement and physical activity. He is always prepared for the lesson, prompt and dependable in attendance, and communicates clearly with his co-teacher and church staff."
High Point, NC
Lauren Gayle of High Point and her family have been living with her mother’s MS for the past seven years. Lauren has done her part helping around the house with the laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, preparing meals, and taking care of pets. Lauren learned to manage her time in order to stay involved with school, extra-curricular activities, and work. She graduated from Weaver Academy for Visual and Creative Arts in Greensboro, NC where she held an A to A+ average. Lauren was a member of Student Council, National Honors Society, National Art Honors Society, Interact Club, Yearbook, Prom Committee, and Swim Team. She gave back to her community through the Hirsch Wellness Network, Operation Christmas Child, Free to Breathe 5K Run, lifeguarding, and bell ringing for the Salvation Army. Lauren plans to attend the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL to major in Interior Design and minor in Photography. She hopes to eventually design utilitarian environments for the physically challenged or impaired.
Hayes Harvey of Greensboro, NC, is a graduate of Northern Guilford High School. She is one of five sisters so she has a strong support system when it comes to coping with her mother’s MS. Hayes was active in dance and cheerleading and gave back to her community through her involvement as a VBS Crew Leader, Homeless Banquet Server, and participant of Serve Week. In addition, Hayes always puts forth her best effort and strives to push her limits. She is the kind of person everyone wants to work with and be around. Hayes will attend the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in the fall.
William Rogers is a graduate of West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, NC. He played a big role in his family dynamics when his father was diagnosed with MS. He took on a part-time job when he turned 16 in order to help support himself and his family, which took time away from extra-curricular activities. This experience has helped him value money and education in a way he would never have if his father did not have MS. Says William, “Even though my dad’s diagnosis of MS presented multiple challenges for me, I have learned some valuable life lessons through it all.” William will attend East Carolina University and hopes to study Biomedical Engineering.