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Pine Lake Prep Student Wins Spectrum Scholar Award

By Awards, News

Ella Wilkinson, a senior at Pine Lake Prep, is a new recipient of the Spectrum High School Scholar Award. Ella plans to use the $1,000 award for college next year at Virginia Tech. A triple threat in sports (basketball, softball, and lacrosse), Ella hopes to study industrial design in college. Congratulations, Ella!

Spectrum describes Scholar Award eligibility this way:

Nominees must be high school seniors at public or private high schools in North Carolina. They must be involved in varsity athletics or have an excellent academic record, and be involved in extracurricular activities, such as band, newspaper, or yearbook, and be active in their local community, either through their school or volunteering on their own time.

Senator Vickie Sawyer presents PLP student Ella Wilkinson with the Spectrum High School Scholar Award. Photo/video credit: Spectrum News.

Here’s what Ella told Spectrum News, which featured her in a recent news story, about her future aspirations and plans:

I think every job needs to have a purpose, and so my purpose is helping others while incorporating other parts like the environment and just making sure that people are being able to get the products that they need … My friends would probably say I’m creative and definitely driven. I care a lot about what I do and like to do it well.

… When I leave Pine Lake, I hope that I can inspire others to kind of be able to do it… all sports, social life and getting good grades and focusing on school because that’s really important to me, and that’s what I have used to help me want to follow my dreams and creating my own sustainable products.

Pine Lake Prep is a public charter school (and Coalition member school) located in Mooresville, North Carolina. The school serves students in grades K-12, and is headed by Andrew Moceri, a member of the Coalition’s Board of Directors.