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Stellar Student: Alice Fugate
by Bobby Tedder
February 26, 2014 11:11 AM | 2649 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alice Selene Fugate
Alice Selene Fugate
Whitefield Academy’s Alice Selene Fugate’s exploits both in and out of the classroom are nothing short of outstanding.

If numbers never lie, then the senior standout — 4.0 GPA; SAT score of 2150 — is poised to finish her prep career in select company.

“I endeavor to stay interested in class, which isn’t difficult because I enjoy learning and pay attention,” Fugate said.

Throw in an impressive full plate of extra-curricular activities and one gets a more complete picture of what happens when determination meets potential.

To hear her tell it, staying grounded in/through her faith is at the center of it all.

“To be successful one must first have a purpose,” said Fugate. “My purpose is Christ, or, at least I try to keep him there.”

The 18-year-old’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. On the contrary, she has picked up a growing list of admirers along the way.

“Alice is very bright and talented — academically, athletically and musically — and yet she is gracious and humble, said Whitefield Upper School Principal Jason Van Bemmel. “She is very well liked by her peers and her teachers, … one of the most genuine and likeable students I have ever known.”

Fugate’s credits beyond the schoolhouse walls read like a laundry list, including being a sprinter on the varsity track and field team, a pianist in the jazz and basketball pep bands and a poet. Throw in membership on Whitefield’s Honor Council and the school’s Ecuador Missions Team for good measure.

Come next fall, Fugate will likely be majoring in English at one of the higher education institutions on her short list: Rhodes College, Washington and Lee University or Davidson College.

At present, though, her high school studies beckon — as does everything else on a hectic schedule she has learned to manage rather swimmingly.

“I have always thrown myself into the work I have on any given night and I work until everything is finished,” said Fugate. “As my workload increased over the years, I learned to stop working and go to sleep, putting things off until I have some more time.

“I had to learn to be okay with not getting everything done in a day. … I am a perfectionist, so I do what I must and keep carrying on.”

The consensus among those who have witnessed Fugate blossom over the years is success at the next level is inevitable.

“Alice is my barometer for class management,” history teacher Jeff Horner said. “Whenever she flashes me the, ‘Are we done with this trail?’ face, I know that it is time to bring the cats back into the corral and move forward with the next topic.

“I will miss her next year, but know she’s ready for the big time.”

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