Andrew lauded for work inside, outside classrooms
SILER CITY — There’s volunteering just for the sake of students being able to stick that on college applications.
And then there’s Mentors for Middle.
“As a freshman orientation leader my junior year, I noticed that some of the freshmen seemed particularly anxious about high school,” Jordan-Matthews High School senior Lindley Andrew said. “I knew these students needed more than a simple four-hour orientation, and that something had to be done to make their transition into high school a smooth one.”
It gets at why Andrew is the Spectrum News Scholar Athlete of the Week.
She saw a need and met it, creating Mentors for Middle to help eighth-graders make the move to ninth grade. Never mind that Andrew had to manage her own academics, which entailed a lot — students like her who earn coveted spots at Governor’s School of North Carolina don’t mail it in, don’t do only enough to get by. Governor’s School is a residential program for intellectually gifted high school students in this state.
Plus, Andrew played tennis for Jordan-Matthews. And she had leading roles in the school’s theatrical productions. There she was the other night pulling a shift at the Jordan-Matthews concession stand during basketball games.
Student-athlete. Student-actress. Student-advocate.
“She has set the bar high for my standards and expectations of future students and players,” Jordan-Matthews educator Caroline Hudson said. “I know wherever she chooses to go, she will be a strong asset to that community. I know whatever she chooses to do, she will be successful.”
In late November, North Carolina Rep. Robert Reives and Charter Communications representatives Mia Bailey and Joe Prater made trips to Jordan-Matthews to present Andrew with the Spectrum News award, which comes with a $1,000 scholarship and recognizes high school seniors who are involved in varsity athletics, demonstrate academic excellence, participate in extracurricular activities and are active in their local communities.
Andrew is No. 2 in her graduating class. Off the tennis courts and onto the stage, there she was hitting her marks as the wife of the baker in “Into the Woods” and as Sebastian the crab in “The Little Mermaid” when the Jordan-Matthews theater program put on those shows. She has plenty of bright lights on her yet possesses a heart to make sure other students are positioned for success with help from Mentors for Middle.
“I knew that starting this program would come with a tremendous amount of responsibility and work, but I also knew that the benefits of the program would outweigh the stress,” Andrew said. “My role as the creator and spearhead of Mentors for Middle wasn’t easy; there were days where I would be scrambling to complete my own schoolwork on top of making informational handouts for the mentees, in addition to ensuring that all of my fellow mentors had rides to and from the middle schools. But even through the stress of it all, I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with the rising freshmen and never once questioned the worth of this program.”
Published Dec. 4, 2019