Senior Spotlight: Tony Lieu

Tony Lieu
Tony Lieu

By D’asia Jackson

Tony Lieu is a 17 year old student who has attended Garinger High School for four years.

Throughout that time at Garinger he has accomplished and overcome a lot. The result of all his success and accomplishments is shown in his college acceptance letters to two North Carolina colleges: North Carolina State and University of North Carolina.

Tony says he expects to receive more in due time. I sat down with tony in an interview to talk about his plans after high school. Tony told me that he is excited about college and ready to go on to be successful in life. I asked him about certain schools, scholarships, and even his FAFSA.

Tony said he’s excited about getting into UNC  Chapel Hill. He also said that he’s applying for a scholarship known to many Tarheels as the Carolina Covenant, which entitles recipients to a full ride.

Qualifications for the scholarship include being from a low income family but having a amazing academic profile, in which Tony says he’s “good so far.”

Tony has a 4.5 G.P.A and says he’s worked very hard to accomplish everything. He doesn’t plan on stopping. When asked if he has applied to any other schools he said he’s waiting on Duke but won’t be “too disappointed “if he does not get in.

Tony summarized his years at Garinger in this way:

“It’s been very challenging, fun, and a thing to remember,” adding that he hopes that his class has helped to “change the face of Garingerand how people view it. ”

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Coffee with the superintendent

photo by Emnit Dejene Dr. Heath Morrison (center) speaking at Garinger High School on February 11th.
Dr. Heath Morrison (center) speaking at Garinger High School on February 11th. Photo by Emnit Dejene

By Emnit Dejene and Lejla Ademovic  ⁄  The Rambler

Dr. Heath Morrison visited our very own Garinger High School  Feb. 11 to speak with parents, staff, and students about weather, budget and teacher salary issues. He stated that it was very important for him to communicate with the public as well as get different perspectives on changes that they believe should be made.

He confirmed that the city, county and district leaders are communicating and collaborating more than they have been in the past, therefore more changes will be accomplished.

Dr. Morrison also assured parents that he will do the right thing when it comes to weather cancellations.

“Having to decide whether to close school because of the weather is the worst part of my job,” he said.

He understands that having too many school cancellations may result in some days of spring break being taken away but “I must do the right thing to ensure the safety of staff and students.” He also explained that having 180 school days is a state law so having make up days is necessary.

This time of year, Dr. Morrison and his staff are putting together the budget, which includes negotiations to boost teacher salary. As openly discussed, teachers are not getting paid enough, which is causing them to leave; therefore, he said that pushing for a higher salary to “support quality teachers” is important.

By supporting teachers who are willing to make a change, this district is on its way to growing, and Dr. Morrison is behind it all. Even though sometimes words are lost in translation, Dr. Morrison said that he tries to think of himself as a colleague rather than a boss to the principals in the district.