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UCPS Graduate Spotlight - Jacob Starnes

Senior Jacob Starnes was recently featured on the UCPS website as a Senior Spotlight:  

Adopted from China at the age of seven, Piedmont High senior Jacob Starnes works hard at everything he does. 

While in high school he was a member of the BETA Club and National Honor Society. With a heart for community service, he volunteers at food banks and has become involved with raising funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital after his sister Lily battled an illness. 

With a 4.28 GPA, Jacob still finds the time to hold down a job at a fast-food restaurant. Jacob is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field, as a radiologist or physician assistant. 

Outside of school, he is involved in his church as a youth leader and a soccer coach. Jacob was adopted by Jeff Starnes, a former Piedmont Middle School teacher. 

On his plans for the future: I plan to go to Appalachian State University and major in cellular biology. I also plan to participate in the Army ROTC at App State and join the military as an officer after graduating from college. 

On how Piedmont High prepared him for the future: Piedmont High School has prepared me for rigorous college courses by taking AP level classes. My civics and economics classes have taught me about how to fill out tax forms, write checks and manage money in the real world. Also, Piedmont has taught me about interacting with others and teamwork which is a very important skill for any job I will have in the future. 

On advice for current students: My advice to underclassmen would be to take AP level courses to prepare them for college. But, also enjoy yourselves and have fun in high school because it flys by fast and you only go through it once. 

On his fondest high school memory: My fondest memory of high school is going to Williamsburg with my AP U.S. History class, and seeing how life was back in colonial times and seeing the historic buildings.