6/25/12 Eastern High junior hopes to follow in teacher’s footsteps

Eastern High junior hopes to follow in teacher’s footsteps
By Christian Hornaday Times-News correspondent  The Times-News 6/25/12     
Reprinted with permission.

   MEBANE — Rising Eastern Alamance High School junior Stephen Yarbrough exhibits what it means to be a Student of the Month.


   “Stephen starts every day with a smile and greeting for everyone that crosses his path,” said Hayes Teague, Eastern’s dropout prevention coordinator, who nominated Yarbrough for June’s Student of the Month.

“His positive attitude toward school and helping others is to be commended. He loves to participate in many activities at school, including working with our boys varsity basketball team and coaches and film our games at home and on the road.”

   Teague said Yarbrough is respectful and kind to not only his peers but other teachers, too.

   “Stephen also is very talented in woodworking hobbies. He has made me a beautiful pen made out of different types of wood and his craftsmanship is to be appreciated. He works with our teacher, Mr. Butch Adams, in the mornings and often they stop by and Stephen always asks ‘You doing OK? And how was your weekend?’ and we communicate about what he and his family have done and talk of ongoing construction projects going on at Lowe’s and Home Depot.”

   Adams has inspired Yarbrough to be a high school carpentry teacher. When asked why he treated people so kindly, Stephen simply said “I like to treat others the way I want to be treated.”

   Stephen is the son of Barry and Vickie Yarbrough of Mebane and he has two older brothers, Josh and Kevin.

  “It is such a privilege to have Stephen as an Eastern Eagle and I want to thank him and his parents for their dedication to making our school a better place. I am very proud of Stephen and look forward to his next adventures here at Eastern Alamance High School,” Teague added.

   Christian Hornaday is a junior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.