Behind the mask: Senior: Lexie-Anne Rodkey

Nominated by Dr. Burns and known by many of the teachers in the school, Lexie Anne Rodkey is constantly doing something to benefit others and is involved with just about every club in the school. In order to celebrate her success over the last four years and highlight the things that she does outside of school, we asked to her answer a few questions. Here’s what she said:

What’s something you want people to know about you?

I am proud to serve as a minister to the sick and to serve as a minister through my church. I voluntarily wake up at 7 a.m. each Sunday. It is hard, I’ll admit it. But I have to remind myself that it was even harder to get the opportunity. Being a part of this ministry is very emotionally taxing. For four hours each Sunday, we visit elderly people who are bedridden or too sick to come to church, a position truly close to my heart. As I stepped into this role, I was faced with a difficult task: I had to prove that, though I was young, I was young and mature, confident and sincere, a listener and a leader. The sparkle in my visitees’ eyes wouldn’t have been possible had I not been a trailblazer for my age-group to get involved. Defying odds and expectations used to be my obstacle. Now it’s just my goal.

2. What do you like most about Cherokee

What I like most about Cherokee High is by the time you graduate you are not only prepared for your future academically but socially. Cherokee provides its students with an understanding of real-world problems, and the confidence that you too can make a difference in someone’s life. As I look back on all the lessons I’ve learned, I realized the most impactful lessons didn’t come from a textbook, but from experience. It’s rare to find so much diversity, culture, and history in one place – especially when that place is a high school. As we embark on new adventures after high school the Warrior Family will always provide encouragement and a sense of home.

3. What are you involved in at school and around the community?

I am involved in many clubs and organizations at Cherokee:

  • Cherokee High School Student Delegate to the School Board
  • SGA Senior Class Vice President
  • Alpha Gamma President
  • Beta Club President
  • Micro-Finance Club Vice President
  • Environmental Action Club Co-President
  • Varsity Gymnastics Team 2021 Co-Captain
  • Varsity Women’s Flag Football Social Media Manager and Photography
  • NHS member
  • Student Athlete Leadership Team
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • Investment Club

4. What’s your favorite subject?

Computer Science is my favorite subject due to my interest and passion for how technology influences our society. Technology affects the way the world communicates, learns, and connects with one another. Not only does Computer Science expand my knowledge of the growing industry but it combines all the skills from English are essential in a designing a program, math equations, are required in most program languages, government can spark ideas for programs our society needs, and the scientific method is essential in testing your programs. My experience at Cherokee in programming languages such as Python and HTML have prepared me for college and possible internships. Experience in these languages are the stepping stones to success in the business analysis career field.

5. What are your hobbies and internships?

I love to be involved and I aspire to be involved and I aspire to make an impact on the world around me. I am an experienced leader, having held the position of president for several different clubs and having been the captain of multiple gymnastics teams. I possess immense organizational skills and pride myself on having a motivating demeanor, constantly seeking to take advantage of opportunities to meet others and participate in projects that will expose me to new experiences. In my free time I enjoy baking. My friends love when I make cake pops! I enjoy capturing memories through my lens and I can talk about college football- especially Georgia Football- for hours.

6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve given/received?

Best piece of advice was “Always be a Pineapple” meaning, “Stand tall, wear a crown, and stay sweet on the inside.” I am reminded to keep my chin up, be proud of myself, own it, but stay humble and sweet on the inside.

7. What are your plans after graduation?

Following graduation, I will be attending the University of Georgia. I have been accepted into the honors program and intend to earn a certificate in nonprofit leadership. Ultimately, I hope to earn a Master’s Degree for Business Analytics.

Congratulations on all of Lexie-Anne’s success! Good luck at University of Georgia next year, we are all rooting for you to keep doing great things!

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