Five of St. Michael’s high school seniors were awarded Duff/Capps scholarships on Sunday, June 2. We congratulate all of our seniors and hope they will always consider St. Michael’s their spiritual home.
Hamp has been active at St. Michael’s since he was a small child. He’s been an acolyte, a member of EYC and is likely most recognizable as an usher, first as a young boy with his late father, John, and has been an official usher since he was in 6th grade. He’s also served on REACH and Belize mission teams. A graduate of Broughton High School, he has been in the a member of the marching band and played lead saxophone. He was manager of the wrestling team. He is also an Eagle Scout.
“St. Michael’s feels like home,” he says. “I’ve been about to find friends who love me dearly, and those friends have helped me through some of my neediest times, such as when my father passed. Hamp is the son of Lyne Dempster, and he will attend UNC Charlotte in the fall.
Josh has also grown up at St. Michael’s and has been an acolyte and a member of EYC, and he, too, has been on REACH and Belize missions. “Everything I’ve learned about my faith has been in those doors,” he says of the church he’s attended since he was born. A graduate of Broughton, he was in the wind ensemble of the marching band and is a Boy Scout. He will attend Wake Tech. Josh is the son of Linda and Lou Dohme.
Noah and his family came to St. Michael’s five years ago, and since that time, he’s served as an acolyte and a member of the EYC. He also serves on the volunteer videography team, recording Adult Formations and is currently working on a welcome video for the church website. “The intellectual nature of the sermons, adult forums and discussions have provided a safe place where I can wrestle with difficult questions, shape what i believe and help my understanding of God’s word.”
A graduate of Enloe High School, Noah is a conference champion swimmer who will be swimming for Dartmouth College in the fall. He’s lead director for Enloe’s morning news program, The Loedown, and he developed media content that helped raise $230,000 for the Autism Society of NC. Noah is the son of Jeff and Danielle Hensley.
A graduate of Holly Springs High School, Katherine was a member of the National Honor Society, varsity swim captain and a member of the New Wave and Sunset Ridge swim teams. Though at times in her years at St. Michael’s she has felt doubt in her faith, she has participated in Bible studies and attended Youth retreats. Recently, a good friend reminded her of all that St. Michael’s and her faith have given her, and she was able to share her rekindled faith with a friend. “I”m so thankful for the friends I’ve made through my time at St. Michael’s and the way they have helped me grow in my faith.”
Katherine, who is the daughter of Ronda and Robert Hurlbert, will attend NSCU in the fall.
A 2018 graduate of Leesville Road High School, James took a gap year to hike the Appalachian Trail. While at Leesville, he was chapter president of the Technical Student Association. As a 5th grader, James became an acolyte and remained so until graduation. He was very active in the Episcopal Youth Community, serving on five REACH mission trips and as an EYC volunteer. “Through both the acolyte program and EYC, I’ve become a responsible, dependable, respectful and better leader,” he says. “The leaders have been amazing role models in teach me how to be a better leader and adult in Christ’s vision. The REACH mission trips were humbling and taught me how to work in a group to achieve a challenging goal.”
James will leave the AT this summer and attend Appalachian State University in the fall. He is the son of Nancy and Grant King.
Joe graduated from Enloe High School, where he was a member of the Happy Accidents (the improv team), the National Art Society (secretary), the Enloe Civil Liberties Alliance and the Art Club (historian). At St. Michael’s, he has served as an acolyte and as a chalice bearer and he has been involved in EYC REACH mission work as well. He sang in the choir until 8th grade. “I still remember Mr. (Bill) Duff teaching me in confirmation class,” he writes. “I have learned how to help people and make the world a better place.
“But I’m not unlike other teenagers. Rare is the Sunday I way up and am excited to go to church. I feel like my faith is not very strong; I’ve had doubts as I’ve gone through high school, and I’m not sure how my beliefs fit with all the aspects of the Episcopal faith. One thing that never changes, though, is that somehow I always feel welcome at St. Michael’s.”
An artist, Joe will attend NC State in the fall. He is the son of Will and Kristen Lingo.
A graduate of Broughton High School, Wooten is an Eagle Scout. He was a varsity golfer for four years, a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Key Club at Broughton. At St. Michael’s, he has been a senior crucifer and served on three REACH mission trips during high school.
“When I moved here in 2008, we joined St. Michael’s, the church my mother had gone to growing up and where my grandparents were active members. This has always made it a very special place for me, and I”m grateful to have gotten to know all the wonderful members over the years. St. Michael’s has also been the place where my faith has grown through service to the church and duty to God as an Eagle Scout. I have no doubt that this solid foundation built through my years at St. Michael’s will serve me well in college and beyond.”
Wooten, who is the son of Jim and Sterling Wheless, will attend UNC Chapel Hill this fall.