Spotlight on RCS Students

Alden Earwood: Small Town Life Soothing

By Carrie Dixon

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Alden Earwood has moved from larger cities such as San Antonio and Buffalo, New York to small towns such as his current home – Roxboro, North Carolina.

Alden said it was not hard to move from a large city to a small town. The differences were simply noise and availability of restaurants and other public places. He said being in smaller towns, where everyone knows each other, provides a soothing sense of camaraderie.

He explained the difficulty he faced trying to make friends while moving. He said that as time progressed he closed up, because making friends only to move six months later wasn’t fun. He became very shy. Moving constantly meant a new school and he had issues making friends, but Alden always attempted to keep an optimistic outlook.

Alden plans to live in Roxboro until he attends college, and then, depending on his interest, he will either stay in Roxboro or move again. He plans to go into medicine, science or robotics as a career path. Although Alden likes to challenge himself academically, he believes that there is always room for improvement. He tries to always do his best.

 

 
RCS students attend ECU Summer Ventures Program 
By Kayla Baker
Bullhorn Editor 
 
Roxboro Community School’s (RCS) Seniors Lance and Trent Yarborough attended East Carolina University’s (ECU) Summer Ventures Program last summer. 
The program is a cost-free enrichment program for academically motivated high school students potentially interested in a career in science or mathematics. Trent had the opportunity to take part in a physics course, a mathematics course, and a programming course – learning how to use software called PHYTHON. Lance was able to participate in an Engineering and Raft Theory course in addition to the programming course as well.
These two RCS students were exceptionally keen as they attended classes Monday through Saturday over the course of a four week period. They explained that they were in each course two hours a day and on the last week they had the option to choose which course they wanted to study in more detail. Both Yarboroughs chose the programming course as their final course, and during the last stage of the Ventures Program, they six hours a day, Monday through Friday, in classes.
On the final day of the Summer Ventures program, the students gave presentations. Each set of students, according to the subject they’d chosen for the more profound study, selected a representative for their group. Trent was chosen as the catalyst for the programming course. He said, “That was a big honor.” 
When asked what they took away from the experience, Trent was quick to say, “The main thing I learned dealt with programming, since that was the longest course I took, but I also learned the interests of other students who are just like me.” 
Lance said, “The Summer Ventures Program is fun and I learned a lot about programming, and that I don’t want to be an engineer.”