Sara Hailu, a senior at Levine Middle College High School, is The Charlotte Post Foundation’s Senior of the Year.
Sara Hailu is the best of the best high school seniors in Mecklenburg County.
Hailu, The Charlotte Post Foundation’s Top Senior of the Year, is a student at Levine Middle College High School. The daughter of Ethiopian immigrants, Hailu was surprised to learn of her selection as the senior with the best combination of academics, extracurricular activity and community involvement.
“I’m really grateful to The Charlotte Post for giving me this title,” she said. “It’s an honor that I did not expect. It’s a daunting honor, I think. For me, being a Top Senior means really representing the community I come from. It means being the best I can be, not just to earn accolades, but really to be fulfilled so I can better those who came before me and those who will come after me and just show how grateful I am and show that nothing is possible without the help of others.”
Hailu and Hopewell High School senior Catherine Hill, the senior of the year runner up, will be honored Sept. 16 at the annual Charlotte Post Best banquet at the Marriott Center City.
Hailu, who has a 5.15 grade point average, sees education as the cornerstone to the American dream. Her academic proficiency has earned her acceptance letters from her top college choices, Princeton and Harvard universities. Hailu’s professional goal is to become a medical statistician, which combines her enthusiasm for math and science.
“Math has always been one of my passions,” she said. “It’s always come a little easier to me than some other subjects. I think that’s because as a young child, my mom [Zena Tamir] always stressed the importance of math, so it’s something I truly enjoyed since I was a little girl.”
Hill, who has a 4.95 grade point average, earned senior runner up. Hill, who is active in the campus Junior ROTC program, listed Howard and Hampton universities as her top colleges. In her Top Senior essay “What does an inclusive society mean to you?” Hill wrote about the need to work beyond barriers.
“The world we face is filled with billions of people from all walks of life and beliefs,” she said. “It is my opinion that an inclusive society accepts each of these individuals for their differences and celebrates their existence. That society is one in which lends the promise that all members would be treated fairly regardless of their race, gender, orientation, or status.”