West Lincoln High School had two co-salutatorians this year, Alexzia Hallman and Luke Stewart.
Hallman told us more about herself last week; and next week, she’ll turn 18.
“I have lived in Lincolnton my whole life,” the daughter of Jeffrey and Amie Hallman informed.
She has a younger brother, Zaiden Hallman. Hallman said her favorite subjects at WLHS were history, English and art. She cited several of her teachers for the effect they had on her school days.
“Mr. John Markley, my AP (advanced-placement) world history and AP European history teacher, made a huge impact on me in high school and always pushed me to give 100 percent, using his famous quote, ‘Pressure makes diamonds,’” she said.
Hallman said English teacher Deborah Cornwell taught her important life lessons.
Cornwell, she added, “grew my passion for literature and writing.”
Hallman was a member of the cheerleading squad for WLHS. Cheering on the Rebels football team is among her favorite memories. She was also homecoming queen and a member of the competitive dance team at the Alternative Steps Dance Studio.
Moreover, she continued, there were “the memories made during my time spent with my friends and teachers. I was honored to be voted as class president and student council vice president by my senior class. I also enjoyed spending time volunteering and participating with various clubs, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Interact and Beta clubs, the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.”
Come August, it’s off to Raleigh for Hallman. She plans to major in architecture and minor in art and design at North Carolina State University.
“With these degrees,” she said, “I hope to become a commercial or residential architect. In the future, I want to continue to use my artistic talent to create and sell drawings and paintings.
“I would like to tell my fellow members of the class of 2021 to go into the next stage of your life––whether that means college, the military or the work force––with confidence and determination to become the best version of yourself, while remembering the memories and impact that West Lincoln High School created,” Hallman added. “Always remember you are welcome back home, because: ‘Once a Rebel, always a Rebel.’”