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Standout Senior 2023: LaCole Mahue

Douglas Byrd graduate believes in a brighter tomorrow


Each year, Cumberland County Schools names a graduating senior at each high school as a Standout Senior. The 17 2023 Standout Seniors are bright, hard-working students who have overcome the odds to graduate and dedicate themselves to serving their community.

To learn more about their plans to attend college, serve in the military or begin their careers, go to www.ccs.k12.nc.us/graduation.

LaCole Mahue will graduate from Douglas Byrd High School. She answered these questions about her education and her future.

  • What accomplishment are you most proud of or what do you want to be remembered for?

I am most proud of my time in the JROTC program and being the first person in my family to graduate in a while.

  • What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to attend college.

  • Please list your extracurricular activities and tell us about your favorite.

ROTC is my favorite extracurricular activity. 

  • Do you have a self-statement or a favorite quote that best describes you and your aspirations for the future?

My favorite self-statement is: “There is always tomorrow.” I stress a lot but sometimes I just have to remember that there is a tomorrow, and I can achieve my goal whenever.

  • How do you feel Cumberland County Schools has prepared you for your future?

I feel like Cumberland County Schools has prepared me well in the core subjects of English, math, science, and social studies. Even so, I would have preferred that as we got older the focus be placed more on life skills than on academic skills.

  • Is there someone on staff in the school system (a teacher, administrator, coach, etc.) who has made a lasting impression on you? What lesson did they teach you that you will always remember?

The staff member who has had a lasting impression on me is Miss Elam. She is always there when I need someone to talk to.

  • What elementary school did you attend?

I attended Cumberland Mills Elementary School.

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