Roberson honored by NCHSAAPublished 7:30pm Monday, June 10, 2013
Athletically, Paige Roberson has proven to be the queen of many courts, but outside the lines the Creswell senior has shown to be equally diverse.
The well-rounded Roberson was recently recognized by the NCHSAA when she was named the female recipient of the eighth annual Wilburn C. Clary Medal/Scholarship, making her the first person from eastern North Carolina to receive the honor.
The Wilburn C. Clary Scholarship awards $2,000 to a male and female senior that maintains at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and stars on at least two athletic teams, while demonstrating excellence in extracurricular activities and community service.
“I was surprised that I got it because no one on the east coast has gotten this before,” Roberson said. “I was at softball practice when I found out. My mom (Wendy) came to pick up my last report card and she came out to the field and told me that I got the Wilburn Clary Medal and I was so excited. I started jumping up and down.”
Roberson, who also received scholarship to attend Mid-Atlantic Christian University where she will play volleyball, met the standards the same way she meets a set at the net and spiked it out of this world.
This year the 5’9” Creswell senior was named all-Tideland Conference in volleyball, basketball and softball. How she found time to practice all those sports is a mystery that ranks up there with Stonehenge.
During her free time, Roberson who ranked second in her class academically at Creswell, serves as the president of the Creswell Chapter of Future Farmers of America, is actively involved in the Homeward Bound Youth Program at Zion’s Chapel Church of Christ in Roper, volunteers for the Washington County Senior Citizen Program and also donates her time to the Meals on Wheels program in Plymouth.
On top of that, Roberson has also traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador for missionary work and was so touched by the locals that she plans on going back there for a week this summer to follow up on her work, of course she will have to schedule some vacation time with her boss at Mackey’s Ferry Peanuts, where she works part time.
“Going into college I’m definitely trying to figure out what I like and what I really want to do after school,” Roberson said. “So getting involved and meeting different kinds of people and trying to find out what I really like I feel will help me figure out what I want to do after school.”
So far the game plan is working as Roberson will head to Mid-Atlantic to major in counseling and psychology while minoring in cross-cultural ministries, after which, she hopes to attend graduate school at East Carolna Univeristy for physical therapy.