LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Uriah Kane Walton, 18 and a graduate from North Lincoln High School, called me at 3:17 p.m. on Friday. He had just completed his final day of high school at graduation rehearsal, accomplishing his record of perfect school attendance for his academic career.
He followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Asa Walton, and his mom, Jeri Rojas, who also had perfect attendance their K-12 school careers. In his household, this was just an expectation.
When Walton told his friends of his accomplishment, they were shocked.
He said: “It was just something I should’ve done, like a job to me. You’re just supposed to go, so I went.” He noted that on days it was hard, he had his mother pushing him for success and had an added
motivation of doing better than his brother’s record by achieving higher grades.
During high school, Walton was involved in the North Lincoln Band, playing the tuba and trumpet. His academic performance earned him spots in the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. He also was dual enrolled at Gaston College, which he will continue this summer in pursuit of a computer programming certificate.
Rojas said: “He has never thought about not going [to school]. It’s like a job; education is important. Never miss a day to learn something new.” The job mindset has come in handy for Walton already,
as he has a job lined up at Cataler North America upon graduation. His mother is happy he plans to continue attending Gaston College, as the program he is enrolled in is cost-effective and allows him to reach his goals and dreams of being a computer programmer.
She continued, “I’m so proud of him, because he sets his goals and accomplishes them.”
-Melissa Cordell is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Political Science and Women's & Gender Studies. Her primary interests are North Carolina politics, feminist readings of horror films, and spending time her with black cat Salem.
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