Written by Will Montgomery

RCS Alum: ‘The sky was the limit’

Roxboro Community School (RCS) alumni Ellison Craft has come a long way since her graduation in 2009.
She currently lives in Kyrgyzstan, where she serves as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She is the Regional Office Manager for the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Craft entered RCS in 2006, when the school was founded. She was a member of the first graduating class, which was comprised of just 13 members.
“Sitting on the stage at graduation means more to me now than it did then,” said Craft. “Starting a school is not for the faint of heart. Graduation was a significant moment for our community.”
When asked why she wanted to attend what was then a start-up school, Craft said she was “attracted to the smaller class size.”
RCS prepared her for college and a career, she said, by challenging her to “always think outside the box. RCS is first and foremost a unique learning environment that always challenged me intellectually and made me think about what I could do to serve others.”
Craft graduated, with distinction from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. Her major was peace, war and defense/history. She minored in Hispanic studies.
She said her memories of RCS include, “Forming great relationships with classmates and teachers. Teachers were great mentors as well as friends. I always felt like the sky was the limit and anything I wanted to do was possible. I was encouraged and counseled by all teachers who gave great advice from their experiences.”
Her life now is not at all like the one she led in Person County, Craft said.
“Life overseas is very different from your normal day in the U.S.,” she explained.

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Written by Will Montgomery

Alumni Aaron Adams Earns Eagle Scout Award

By Hannah Lunsford

 

Roxboro Community School 2013-2014 alumni Aaron Adams recently earned his Eagle award, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

Adams has been a member of Scout Troop 295 for eight years. “Being a part of this particular troop has definitely made me work for my Eagle award,” he said.

In order to receive an Eagle award, a community service project must be completed that benefits the community that the troop is located in. Adams decided to reconstruct an old stairwell for Ca-vel United Methodist Church.

“Before I constructed the stairwell, the basement was only accessible from the outside. The stairwell was not taken care of and was very unsafe. The members of the church wanted nothing to do with the basement because of the inaccessibility. So, I went in and rebuilt the stairwell so they would be able to use the basement,” Adams said.

Between the planning, preparation, and actual process, Adams contributed approximately 300 hours to the community service project. He completed his project on May 15, 2014 and received his Eagle award on May 24.

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