Ds Scholarship

High Five: Pam Pack scholar-athlete looks forward and back – Washington Daily News

Jackson Wilder, a Washington high school student, spent an entire week.

He was accepted into UNC-Chapel Hill and learned that he had reached the final stage of the prestigious Park Scholarship at North Carolina St. The Washington native is also preparing for the 2A East regional swim and is looking forward to the tennis season.

  1. You are ranked first in class one and you have many great options for college. What are the next steps in the PARK scholarship process?

Jackson: It’s an honor to be one of the 112 finalists for this award. So many people have helped me along the way and I really appreciate it. Kids come from all over the country and I’m so excited to get involved. They award 40 scholarships every year and it would be great to have one. I go to Raleigh in two weeks for two interviews, bring dinner and brunch, tour the campus and spend the night with a former winner as a roommate.

  1. You are a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.77 GPA and multiple achievements both in and out of school. How will all of this help you become a Park Scholar?

Jackson: They look at scholarships and it’s the academic, leadership, character, and service part. I’m a swim team captain, I was a cross country co-captain and would be the same for the tennis team. For my Eagle Scout project, I built and maintained a food pantry here on campus for anyone to use, and I’m a teacher at Little Washington Sailing School in the summer. I have had so much fun doing all of these things and have met so many wonderful people.

  1. How will you prepare for your interviews?

Jackson: I’ve been very fortunate to have some of my professors and family and friends help me with mock interviews to try and anticipate some of the questions. I really appreciate all the people who encouraged me through the process. Since I don’t know what they are going to ask, I will just try to relax and be myself. Hopefully that will be enough.

  1. What did you learn from your volunteer activities?

Jackson: Helping others and trying to improve my community is really fun. Kevin Clancy at Little Washington Sailing School became a great guide and I learned a lot about how to get along with people just by watching him. It’s fun watching kids become good sailors in a week. I also believe that children should be given food when they are hungry, which is why I started stocking up on food.

  1. What are your favorite sports memories at WHS?

Jackson: It was great to be part of the first cross-country team to qualify for the state in 24 years last fall. Running as a package was a great experience. I am also looking forward to the regional swimming meet and the chance to qualify for the state. I’m part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay teams, so I hope we do well.

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