GRADUATION 2022: Comets basketball cheerleader headed to DCC to study dental hygiene | Education

Sage Edmonds, a Comets basketball cheerleader at Halifax County High School, is headed to Danville Community College to study dental hygiene after her high school graduation.

The Halifax resident said she has “been ready” to walk across the stage Saturday and receive her high school diploma, but she also has fond memories of her time at Halifax County High. Cheering for the Comets basketball team all four years of high school has been a highlight for her.

“I like going out there and cheering and hyping everybody up. It’s fun,” Edmonds explained.

No high school experience would be complete without going to the senior prom. For Edmonds, attending the prom “Red Carpet and Roses Gala,” was her most memorable moment of her senior year. She donned a navy blue strapless dress complete with blue diamonds on the top and tulle on the bottom and danced the night away.

“I liked getting dressed up and the dancing and hanging out with my friends,” Edmonds shared.

Edmonds had a couple of favorite classes in high school: human anatomy and physiology, taught by DeAnne Martin, and journalism, taught by Kelly Weatherford.

Edmonds enjoyed Weatherford’s journalism class because it gave her the opportunity to go beyond the bounds of the classroom.

“We went around the school taking pictures for the yearbook and filmed for the Comet News,” Edmonds recalled.

Martin’s human anatomy and physiology class helped Edmonds prepare for her future career as a dental hygienist.

“I like science,” Edmonds stated. “The class was challenging and I enjoyed learning different things about the human body. It kept my mind going.”

Along with taking the science class, Edmonds also shadowed at Dr. Kwag Kim’s dental office in the 10th grade, which helped solidify her decision to pursue a career in dental hygiene.

Edmonds also was a member of HOSA, a club for healthcare professionals, while in high school. She is a member of the local chapter of the NAACP, as well.

Edmonds received three college scholarships: the Rev. Dr. Roger J. Ford Scholarship from the Halifax County/ South Boston branch of the NAACP, the Dr. Jesse J. Bates Scholarship in memory of the late doctor who served at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital for 50 years, and a Race Clothing Scholarship.

The soon-to-be high school graduate admitted high school could be stressful at times, because there was “a lot going on,” but she made it to graduation and is headed on the right path thanks to the support of her parents, Lisa and Ronald Edmonds, and her grandparents, William and Carolyn Penick.

“They always pushed me to make sure I was on top of everything,” Edmonds declared.

When asked about her thoughts heading into high school graduation and starting the dental hygiene program at DCC shortly thereafter, the Comets cheerleader had a sunny outlook, gushing, “I’m excited.”


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