Ballantyne Magazine

WINTER 2017-2018

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BALLANTYNE WINTER 2017-2018 62 Feature Sara Gaiser Daughter of Donna and Jim Gaiser, Sara Gaiser will complete 17 Advanced Placement courses by graduation. President of the school's math honor society, she attended Governor's School last summer, studying ring theory, knot theory and real number analysis. She also won The President's Volunteer Service Award (gold) based on helping Providence Spring Elementary School with STEM programs. "I would love to become a nuclear engineer," she says, noting her senior project was volunteering at McGuire Nuclear Station to study safety measures. Providence High School Patrick O'Connor Son of Katrina and Joseph O'Connor, Patrick O'Connor has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the junior ROTC program since his freshman year. Now commanding officer, he also captains the junior ROTC marksmanship team, and his high GPA helped his unit's academic team win third place against 13 of the top 66 junior ROTC units in the Piedmont. "Initially I dreamed of going to the Naval Academy or a career in the Navy, but I am also exploring Clemson and Virginia Tech." Patrick also plays for the Charlotte Rush Travel Hockey 18U team at Extreme Ice in Indian Trail.

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