After a competitive audition process, two PCCS 11th graders have been accepted to the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School program for summer 2021.
Ava Guest for dance, and McKenna Lawler for theater, have earned a spot in this immersive summer experience for gifted and talented high school students. Congratulations, ladies!
When she was 15 years old, Leah Bivens joined the Civil Air Patrol with the Gastonia Composite Squadron. Through this U.S. Air Force auxiliary program, cadets gain confidence and fitness, develop leadership skills, and set goals that will help them lifelong. Now, three years later, she has earned the rank of Cadet 2nd Lieutenant and soars as an outstanding Piedmont senior.
Leah’s goals after graduating Piedmont are to pursue a career in filmmaking. She is considering both UNCC and UNCW for the fall and is excited about the possibilities open to her.
During her years at Piedmont, Leah was inspired by a variety of classes and teachers. One that stands out as a favorite is Mrs. Starnes, her American History teacher. “I love Mrs. Starnes,” Leah recalls. “She made everything she talked about either interesting or wholesome. It really was a gift to have her for a whole year.” In addition, new friendships made through fine arts helped Leah to grow, developing not only her talent, but her overall character. She is thankful for Piedmont’s theater and dance programs that contributed to a well-rounded high school experience.
Piedmont is proud to recognize Leah Bivens as a top Senior Patriot of the class of 2021. She is the portrait of a Piedmont graduate.
What does that mean? U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best High Schools badges are awarded to those whose attendees demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math and reading state assessments, passed a diverse array of college-level exams and graduated in high proportions.