‘Create memories’: Holly Pond’s Alexis Pitts looks back on high school years

Holly Pond’s Alexis Pitts. (Courtesy of Alexis Pitts)

HOLLY POND, Ala. — In this interview, I talked to Holly Pond senior Alexis Pitts, and she shared some of her favorite memories she made during her time in several school clubs, including the FCCLA.

“I was in the FFA, FCCLA, Beta Club, and SGA. The experience I had was great. I made many friends with people I had the same clubs with. I learned so many leadership skills and how to work well with others. It was great being able to share that experience with other people who had the same interests as me,” Pitts said. “My favorite club memory was when Mrs. Burke, the FCCLA teacher, took me and some of my classmates on a field trip to the Alabama State Leadership Conference this past year and we got to stay in this amazing hotel. I had the best time getting to do things I had never done before. I will remember all the memories and the friendships that I made along the way.”

Alexis talked about all of the high school memories that she made during her time at Holly Pond, plus what made it a special school to go to.

“My favorite high school memories were winning fair queen my junior year and getting to represent Holly Pond my senior year, getting to participate in the football and basketball homecoming activities, and being surrounded by amazing friends along the way,” Pitts said. “I think what made Holly Pond a special place to go to is that the faculty knows every one of the students that attend Holly Pond and with that, there’s a better connection between the faculty and students. I felt like you were able to connect with the faculty and talk to them. The faculty listens well to what the students have to say, and they take the students’ advice to better the experience at Holly Pond.”

She talked about what she will remember the most and she will deeply miss being a Bronco next year.

“I will definitely remember the friends and the memories that I have made along the way. I will take with me everything that I have learned, the people I’ve met, and the friendships I’ve made along the way,” she said. “I will definitely miss the teachers and the staff and how much they care. I will also miss getting to participate in the school’s pageant each year and getting to see my friends every day.”

Alexis gave some advice to the upcoming freshmen in August and talked about she looked up to the most, plus being a role model for the younger students, and the best advice that someone ever gave her.

“The advice I’d give to the students that will be starting high school in August is create memories, do things you would’ve never thought you would do. You only get to go through high school once and you need to make the most out of it,” she said. “I looked up to most of the faculty and I tried to be a role model for the younger students to give them someone to look up to. The best advice that someone has given me was that later on in life, you don’t remember or talk to all the people you went to school with, so don’t let one person get you down with words that they say because it won’t matter in the long run.”

Alexis talked about what school she will be going to and what her major will be. She received some scholarships and feels blessed to have received them.

“I will be going to school at Wallace State Community College, and I will be majoring in diagnostic imaging to become a radiational therapist,” she said. “I got the Gary and June Easterwood scholarship and the Cullman Savings Bank Mike Duke scholarship. Getting those scholarships means a lot to me. College can be expensive, and anything helps. But it means the most to me because it shows me that people truly care about kids getting their degrees and helping out in any way that they can.”

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