On Thursday, March 20, the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine honored four Mitchell High School students who have been named Seniors of the Month. Introduced by School Counselor, Grant Sparks, they are: Daniel Bomar and Kelly McKinney for February, and Davis McKinney and KellynSlotnick for March.
Davis McKinney has demonstrated his interest in government throughout his four years at Mitchell High and currently is Student Body president. Last summer he was a Page in the US Senate with Senator Kay Hagan. Davis is also interested in acting and most recently was a cast member of “Grease.” He finds acting to be challenging, rewarding, and a lot of work. Although he claims not to be very successful, Davis participates in wrestling and is a member of the team that won the state championship. He hopes to attend UNC-CH, the College of William and Mary, or the University of Mississippi.
Kellyn Slotnick is focusing on a career in health care. She has taken lots of health classes and upon graduation, will have her Certified Nursing Assistant license. She has volunteered in 4H and at Mitchell House and the Brian Center. She says that visiting those patients brightens her day. She hopes to become a Physical Therapist and has already been accepted at East Tennessee State University.
Kelly McKinney is dedicated to her studies while being enthusiastically involved with extracurricular activities. She is a member of the FFA and currently serves as treasurer. She has been a member of the marching and concert band for four years and has played the saxophone since the 6thgrade. Kelly is a member of the National Art Honor Society and is also involved with the school drama club. She mostly worked behind the scenes until this year when she was on stage in “Grease.” Kelly has demonstrated her love of horses by volunteering at Springmaid Mountain where she has been a stable hand and served as a back trail guide. This experience, she says, has made a difference in her life. She would like to attend the Agriculture Institute at NCSU or begin college at Mayland and transfer to NCSU. Her goal is to be an agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor.
Daniel Bomar plans to be a history teacher and his graduation project, mentored by his teacher, Ed Duncan, was centered on teaching. He credits Mr. Duncan, who is also his wrestling coach, for his success in that sport. He recently won the Individual State Title and his team won the Team State Championship. His passion for wrestling began at the age of eight and he finds the sport to be challenging, inspiring, and a total team effort. He added that his focus on both sports and academic studies gives him a balance in school. Daniel has been accepted at Gardner Webb and is waiting to hear from Mars Hill and Liberty. His plans include a major in history and to continue wrestling at college.
Pictured are: Rotarian Elaine Percival with Daniel Bomar, Davis McKinney,Kellyn Slotnick, Counselor Grant Sparks (in back) and Kelly McKinney