Logan Jackson will tell you the quicker you get your responsibilities knocked out, the sooner you get to do the things you want to do.
That was the secret to success for Jackson, the valedictorian of the East Wake School of Health Sciences, as he balanced an array of student organizational involvement with his own interests in high school.
“But I always put my grades first,” he said. “I have an agenda. I put down check marks and prioritize. It helps to have good advisers and other club officers to help keep things running smoothly.”
Jackson, the son of Tina and Darren Jackson of Knightdale, who he said “have always expected good grades,” will move on to UNC Chapel Hill in the fall. His GPA was 4.9.
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While he always wanted to be a pediatrician, it comes as little surprise Jackson is keeping politics open as an option, since his father is a member of the N.C. General Assembly.
“Recently, I’ve liked politics,” he said. “I think it helped with the election being more around. I’ve always wanted to do what my dad does, like be a representative, but I also think I’d be good at doing work in the background, working in the offices.”
He’s already got some introductory experience, having served as a page for the N.C. House, the N.C. Senate and for Gov. Pat McCrory dating back to his sophomore year.
Despite being more interested in history and politics, Jackson enjoyed the health sciences classes that lined up with the path he entered under the former, small-school format at East Wake.
His favorite class was AP Government, and he also credits math teacher Jackson Glasgow for his appreciation for statistics.
Jackson has had to work hard to free up time to hang out with friends, watch TV or crack open a book. He is currently reading “The Girl on the Train.”
“I’m into movies,” he said, “so if I see a good book that I know is going to be a movie, I read it.”
He is the president of the Health Occupation Students of America Club, the events coordinator of the National Honor Society, and a member of Science Club, Science Honor Society, Beta Club and Spanish Honor Society at East Wake.
He also works a part-time job in Knightdale and is active at his church, Knightdale United Methodist.
Aside from the finish line to his high school career, Jackson is looking forward to a post-graduation trip to Spain and France.