Hunter Juday is a 19-year-old education major sophomore who lives in Stevens country. She has a little sister, Chole, and lives with her mom and dad.
Hunter is a professional dancer and has been since she was in high school. She’s been dancing since she was 7 and now is a dance choreographer. She has been choreographing since she was a sophomore in high school. She teaches all ages ranging from 18 months to 18 years male and females both.
Her dance competitions range from ending at 11 o’clock to only lasting three hours. These competitions will take different routines such as solos, duos, trios and group dances. Hunter will compete in these recitals as well as watch the ones she has helped for their solo, duo, trio or group dances.
She’s studying education to become a teacher for high schools. She wants to teach at her high school but still teach dance on the side.
“I wanted to be a high school baseball coach,” says Zach Swindell, a second year student at Piedmont College, about his difficulty in securing his desired major. He first attended a junior college before making the switch to Piedmont College, and during his previous college years he delved into a physical education major due to his wanting to teach the upcoming youth about the importance of physical activity. However, upon realizing Piedmont College didn’t offer said major, he decided to give a sports communication major a try. Zach Swindell was intimidated at first, but with a positive attitude and a wonderful atmosphere, he easily fell in love with it.
Zach Swindell, born in Newnan, Georgia, has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember. Sports, in general, have always been a major part of his life, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Coming from a gargantuan high school, he says that joining the Piedmont College baseball team is like a breath of fresh air, stating that “Being a part of a small family like that gives me the opportunity to make a lot of life long friends. I do believe that the people I meet here now will be with me for life.”
When asked what he would tell students going into his major, he lead with a hearty smile and said “Enjoy it! How can you dread something you love doing?”
Growing up a young boy and a camera went together like two peas in a pod. Fast forward to Freshman Sage Shirley, an 18-year-old mass communications major, currently owns his own photography business.
“Literally since I was born I’ve had a camera in front of my face, but I don’t want to be confined to that one thing.”
Shirley plans on being more than just a photographer and although he doesn’t know where his major will lead him; he’s opens to any opportunity. Shirley went to DreamHack this past fall and took pictures for them. The pictures he took ended up being used for marketing purposes of the event internationally.
When asked about where he planned to be after college Shirley responded, “hopefully employed.”
Jessekah struggled in her early years of high school but later on in her sophomore year she found herself, made friends, and accepted who she was.
Jessekah is a 18 year old freshman at Piedmont College. She went to high school at Duluth High School, where she adopted the nickname “Baby.” She stated, ” I was the youngest one in my class and I was the shortest, so that nickname stuck.”
Jessekah was choosing between Piedmont and Harvard to further her education. Piedmont won the battle against the prestigious school. The mass communications major stated “I’ve always wanted to be on CNN… but i knew I wanted to do journalism and writing.” Jessekah plans on graduating from Piedmont College with her mass communications degree and hopefully working for CNN one day.
Piedmont freshman Anna Watson is one of many new female lacrosse players here on campus. Leaving home to become a Lioness has been both a dream and a challenge.
Three generations of Anna’s family live in the same house, complete with a 9 year old chow/husky mix -that keeps grandpa young and vibrant. “He gets in my grandpa’s way a lot.”
When Anna left to come to college she wasn’t sure what her goals were other than to further her education and play lacrosse. “I don’t really know what I want to do when I graduate yet.” But one thing she is certain of, “I love the team that I have.”
Anna currently resides in the dorms and misses home and her boyfriend of two and a half years.
Discovering ones self can happen at many times in life. That is exactly what is happening to 20-year-old Piedmont College student Keaton Benfield.
Keaton Benfield is an English major with all the dreams and passions of an aspiring writer. He realizes that he is constantly changing while on his journey. “I’m not the same person I was when I started here” Keaton said.
“I’ve learned so much and had to deal with the stress of dealing with problems that your not familiar with. So that helps you grow, but it also tells you what your annoyed with and what your strengthens an weaknesses are.”
Keaton is in his third year at Piedmont and is well into his English Major studies, but in discovering things about himself, he found a passion for journalism. “I would start writing a book, but realize it’s just like someone else’s, but I also like journalism and giving information to people who wouldn’t have it” Keaton said. He is now studying Mass Communications as well as English.
Keaton has won two awards or significant note. He won a Young Georgia Authors award in high school, and Keaton presented a research paper in New Orleans. Keaton excels at whatever he sets his sights on, and he is always finding the next step in a new exciting direction.
Growing up, Emily Pierce always wanted to be a Language Arts educator for young children, and by the end of her high school years from Parkview High, Pierce was certain of her calling to be a teacher. Going in to Piedmont College as an English Education major, she thought she could do no wrong, but the farther Pierce got into her education major, the more she realized teaching wasn’t for her. Despite not wanting to be a teacher anymore, Pierce still had a passion for helping and educating people and keeping others informed.
At the crossroads of her decision, she discovered Social Justice – or more, social justice found her. She was the guinea pig for the Lillian Smith Scholarship Program here at Piedmont and during her time here and she was given the opportunity to intern at a Reforming Arts for women at the Lee Arrendale State prison, which she states was an eyeing experience for her. Currently in her senior year here at Piedmont College, Pierce is working on a presentation on Lillian Smith and her book Killers of the Dream, which isn’t widely known.
Pierce still pursues English as her main focus and plans to
graduate this year with a B.A. in English, and as for her plans after college,
Pierce hopes to attend UGA’s graduate program to continue her love of English
and study more on Lillian Smith’s life and works.