Michael Broxton is a nineteen year old citizen of Wayne County who recently graduated from Goldsboro High School. Michael was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and later moved to Alabama, Clayton, and Smithfield, before coming to Goldsboro. He has lived in Wayne County for about five years. Michael has twelve biological siblings and was adopted with his brother. During his time at Goldsboro High School, Michael was the president of the Interact Club and FALA as well as the president for his class during his junior and senior years.
The Interact Club is an organization at Goldsboro High whose motto is “service above self.” Through the Interact Club, Micahel has volunteered in events such as the Walk Out of Darkness, the March for Polo, suicide awareness, and the Guatemalan Water Project. Their club also worked on projects with FALA, where he participated in the Special Olympics, which allowed kids with autism to play different sports.
Michael will be enrolling at UNC-Chapel Hill where he plans to major in psychology and minor in business. He hopes to have his own practice in the future. Michael wants people to know that he is somebody that is always there to help the people around him, so he can make an impact on the world.
He likes how ambitious the people of Wayne County are, and he hopes that people will be provided with opportunities to act on those ambitions. In the future, Michael hopes Wayne County will grow into more of a teen friendly community, with more activities for teenagers to do. He also wants people to know that he is very motivated and ambitious, as well as very driven to succeed. In his free time, Michael enjoys gardening, drawing, cooking, baking, and walking trails and hiking. When Michael became president of the Interact Club, it was a daunting task at first. However, as time progressed, he grew more accustomed to his job and understanding what he and everyone else had to do. Through his volunteering, Michael learned that even though all people are different, they have underlying similarities in their happiness and love. He encourages people to step out of their comfort zones and make their own opportunities. Michael enjoys helping others just to see a smile on their face, and he hopes to continue to help others with his volunteering in the future.
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Humans of Wayne County #3 - Lovens Paul - 10/7/20
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Hiwot Shaw is a senior at Wayne Country Day School. She was adopted from Hosaena, Ethiopia when she was three years old along with her older brother. She has four brothers. She enjoys participating in dance and cross country. Hiwot likes to challenge herself in every aspect of her life. She also loves exploring new things, especially different cultures and foods.
Hiwot became heavily involved in volunteer work during her sophomore year of high school. When she was watching home videos with her family, she was very emotional upon seeing different pictures and clips, and she thought about her biological family. She realized how lucky she was to have a stable life and a good education, and she wished to provide this help to others too. So, she did research and decided to work with H2 Empower, a nonprofit organization where 100% of proceeds go towards improving education in Hosaena, Ethiopia. As her project has grown, Hiwot has become extremely passionate and happy to be able to give back to a cause that is personal to her, and help others in need.
To raise money for her project, Hiwot started fundraisers. She made t-shirts and cookie grams (which brought her close to her grandmother). She sold her t-shirts and cookie grams at her school, along with hosting a pizza fundraiser. At her dance studio, she developed a kid's holiday party. Altogether, Hiwot raised over $3,000, all of which went directly to building a Kindergarten classroom in Hosaena. She was ecstatic and touched to see pictures of the construction sent by H2 Empower. It made her happy to see that she had made a positive impact on the world. She encourages others to find something they are passionate about and use it to give back to their community. She also wants everyone to remember how lucky they are and appreciate what they have in their life.
In the future, the one thing Hiwot knows for sure is that she always wants to find a way to help and give back to others. Hiwot’s three passions are dance, education, and helping others, and she hopes to build a successful future that ties all three of these things together. While she does not know what college she wants to attend yet, she knows she wants to enroll in a school that will help her to continue to make a difference.
Small or big, Hiwot encourages everyone to make a difference in whatever they are passionate about. Hiwot is extremely thankful to have been adopted and have everything that she does, and she will continue to live her life with an open mind and open heart.