Gabrielle Sloan-May is one of three juniors at North Rowan High School who will graduate May 25.
Yes, you read that right. Joining Gabrielle on the stage will be classmates Kenneth Bailey and Michael Williams.
Gabrielle moved a lot with her family when she was younger, attending Isenberg and Overton elementary schools, then later North Rowan Middle School. Although she now lives in the Salisbury High district, she says, “Something was pulling me toward North.”
She adds, “I just like the North atmosphere. It’s a small school.”
So she makes the 13-minute commute from Salisbury each day.
She’s more than ready to graduate, she says. “I want to get out of high school.”
She’s been accepted at 10 colleges and universities, including Wingate, N.C. A&T, N.C. Central, Bennett, and Lenoir-Rhyne. She’s received a full scholarship to Belmont Abbey, but her first choice was Howard University.
She wants to major in political science and minor in psychology, and become a civil rights attorney, incorporating two areas of interest. This semester, she’s taking Honors English IV, Spanish III, Honors Pre-Calculus, and Honors Civics.
“I’m used to rigorous classes,” says Gabrielle, who has a 4.1 GPA.
She’ll attend Girls State at Catawba College this summer, and is in the National Honor Society and Key Club at North. She was also elected to the school’s Site Council. She has done volunteer work through Avita Pharmacy, where her mom, Lakesha Sloan, is a pharmacy technician. She’s the granddaughter of Rosetta Sloan, and her brothers, Allen Chance and William Chance, attend Koontz Elementary School.
Her grandmother works at the VA, and has gotten Gabrielle involved there, she says.
Like everyone else who’s graduating, Gabrielle is looking forward to the prom and senior beach week.
“I’m trying to convince my mom to take me to Hawaii,” she says with a grin.