Lane Adams had one goal when he started high school.
I didn’t enjoy elementary school and middle school. but I knew high school gave me the opportunity to be what I wanted to be. My goal by the time I graduated from high school was that everyone would know my name,” Adams said.
Mission accomplished. The valedictorian of East Wake’s School of Engineering Systems with a 5.3 GPA, Adams has earned his place in East Wake lore for more than just his academics. He was the voice of the morning announcements. He played tennis for four years. He was the president of his senior class. He organized an annual fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation that had teachers lining up to have their heads shaved and students lining up to pay for it.
Shy as a younger child, Adams says he has put himself in situations – like making the announcements or playing the lead in the school musical – where he had to come out of his shell.
While all that was going on, Adams was also focused on his schoolwork. It wasn’t always easy. “You have to be prepared to make sacrifices. If you truly want to be the top of your class, you have to have a loce of learning and you have to know how to maintain,” Adams said. Like fellow valedictorian, Adams’ mother teaches at East Wake and that’s had an impact on him.
“If you asked my mom, she was say she hasn’t had any impact at all. If you asked me, I’d say she’s had a huge impact on me,” Adams said. “She has been open to me wanting to learn. And she’s been receptive to opening experiences up to me so I could learn.”
The son of R.L and Carlene Adams of Wendell, Lane Adams will study Environmental Science at Elon University in the fall. Trips he took as a small child to national parks around the country developed a sense of obligation in Adams to help sustain those natural resources.