Cody Staples is the son of a teacher, but that never drove his desire to become valedictorian of his class in East Wake’s School of Arts, Education and Global Studies.
“They didn’t have to pressure me. Ever since middle school that’s been my goal. I came into high school knowing what I wanted to do,” Staples said. The son of Brian and Tammy Staples of Wendell, Cody Staples has found a way to excel at most everything he’s done, whether it was in his classwork, on the wrestling mat or soccer field, where he served as team captains, or holding down the role of president of his youth group at Zebulon Baptist Church. Oh, and he spent the last year as student body president in the School of Arts, too.
Staples will graduate from East Wake with a whopping 5.22 GPA and he’ll double major in Chemistry and Biology at the University of North Carolina next fall. He hopes to parlay that into a seat in medical school. “The sciences have always been the most fascinating subject to me. It’s amazing to me how the body works,” Staples said.
Getting to the top of his class has been a matter of consistency, he says. “I didn’t miss any assignments and I studied hard for my tests and quizzes when I was supposed to.”
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Staples is admittedly quick to speak his mind and he’s never had trouble making friends and enjoying a social life, but he always understood the purpose of high school. “I used high school as a way to get to the next level,” Staples said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have a good life and a good family, but all the outside pressures have been there. In the end, it’s what you make of it.”