Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation scholarships have paved the way for many area residents to realize their life goals. For the coming school year, a $2000 award funded by the Northern Neck Association of Realtors will start Northumberland High School graduate Sarah Haynie on the path to a degree, and hopefully a career, in elementary education.
Haynie begins her college career with a head start—hard work and intelligence have allowed her to skip a year of high school, and reach her 2014 graduation at age 16. In addition, she has already completed RCC classes in Spanish, English, and pre-calculus through the college’s dual enrollment agreement with Northumberland. In Fall 2014, she will start attending RCC full time in the Associate of Arts and Sciences transfer degree program, with a specialization in teacher education; after earning this degree, she will use one of RCC’s Guaranteed Admission Agreements to transfer either to the College of William & Mary (her mother’s alma mater), or to Liberty University. “Since I’m only 16,” she says, “it made more sense” to attend RCC, where she can live at home and continue her current employment, rather than going directly to a four-year school. Whether she decides on William & Mary or not, she plans definitely to follow in her mother’s footsteps as an elementary school teacher.
A standout in high school volleyball and softball, Haynie has no immediate plans to keep up these sports at RCC. “I’m too busy for hobbies,” she smiles, citing her two jobs—at the Crazy Crab restaurant in Reedville, and as a two-day-a-week-babysitter—and another which she will soon start, at Kingdom Kids Childcare Center in Burgess. However, she is thinking about trying out for RCC’s softball team after she has completed her first semester.