Justin Whitehead graduated from Lumberton High School as the Salutatorian for the Class of 2018.
Now that graduation is over, he will start preparing to attend Texas A&M University to study Electrical Engineering and he may want to try to minor in Computer Science.
His parents are pleased with his choice to attend A&M. “My mom is overjoyed. She graduated from A&M,” said Whitehead.
He stayed busy during his years at LHS participating in National Honor Society (President his senior year), band (first three years), Engineering Team, UIL (Calculator, General Math, Science), and outside of school he was a tae kwon do instructor.
Some of his fondest memories of high school were the two times his teams competed in the engineering competitions. “The first year I was the only junior to be on the team, everyone else was seniors. This year I got to kind be the leader of it. It was really cool to be introduced to it and win the first place prize at the competition, then get to lead it and once again come in and win the first place prize.”
There were two teachers who left a lasting impression on him, Susan Letourneau and Charlie Davis. He only took Davis’ class one time during his sophomore year and “To this day, I go to his class to eat lunch,” he said. Whitehead describes Davis as a teacher who really connects with students and builds friendships with them.
Of Letourneau, he says, “She’s an amazing teacher. She’s really helped me throughout these years.”
His sage advice for incoming freshmen: “I would say don’t look at school as something you have to do. Don’t look at school where you go and just try to get that grade. One thing that really kept me going, is when I take a class I try to take interest in it. One thing that Ms. Letourneau said about it is that I want to learn for the sake of learning, for the sake of being able to use it outside of school; not just to get a 100 on the next worksheet or get an ’A’ on the test. Don’t feel like you’re forced to come here. Take an interest in it. You’re going to be here anyway, might as well enjoy it.”