9/26/11 Student of the month exhibits strength

Student of the month exhibits strength
Braxton Rickert, Times-News correspondent, The Times-News 9/26/11     
Reprinted with permission.


  Adam Smith, September’s Student of the Month, is a model for teens throughout the county.

   Not only is he a straight-A student, but he also participates in multiple sports, multiple clubs and is a firm believer in God. But Adam’s best quality lies in his desire to help other people. He loves to make friends and believes in being friendly to everyone.

   “I try to make as many people’s day as good as possible,” said Smith, a senior at Western Alamance High School.

   And he asks nothing in return for his warm smile and acts of friendship.

   He also is a hard worker, evident in his membership in the Western National Honor Society, the DECA club and the Dream Team. But more than that, he wants to eventually get an engineering degree at North Carolina State University.

   Howard Caudle, Smith’s grandfather, nominated him for Student of the Month. Caudle said it’s Smith’s love of God and dedication to his sports that keeps him inspired and motivated.

   Smith is an active member in his youth group as well as the congregation at Lakeview Community Church. During the past four years, he has played on the soccer, baseball, basketball and football teams. Currently, he is focusing on soccer and baseball.

   But what really keeps him motivated is the love and memory of his late father, Dwayne Smith, who died recently. Adam lives in Burlington with his mom, Constance, and he has a brother, Jeremey, who attends North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

   He uses this strength to help others as well, such as supporting the Cohen family through the loss of Harry, the Williams High School football player who died suddenly this past month.

   Smith believes in doing what you want to your full potential, giving it everything you have. His strength in what he does and what he believes in never falters.

   Braxton Rickert is a senior at River Mill Academy and a Teens & Twenties writer.