GRADUATION 2022: Comets basketball cheerleader went to DCC to study dental hygiene | Education


Sage Edmonds, a Comets basketball cheerleader in Halifax County High School, is heading to Danville Community College to study dental hygiene after graduating from high school.

The Halifax resident said she was “ready” to walk through the stage on Saturday and receive her high school diploma, but she also has fond memories of her time at Halifax County High. Cheering on the Comets basketball team during her four years in high school was a highlight for her.

“I love going out there and cheering and getting everyone excited. It’s fun,” Edmonds explained.

No high school experience would be complete without going to prom. For Edmonds, attending the “Red Carpet and Roses Gala” ball was her most memorable moment of her senior year. She donned a strapless navy dress with blue diamonds on the top and tulle on the bottom and danced the night away.

“I enjoyed dressing up and dancing and hanging out with my friends,” Edmonds explained.

Edmonds had a few favorite classes in high school: human anatomy and physiology, taught by DeAnne Martin, and journalism, taught by Kelly Weatherford.

Edmonds enjoyed Weatherford’s journalism course because it gave him the opportunity to go beyond the confines of the classroom.

“We walked around the school taking pictures for the yearbook and filming for Comet News,” Edmonds recalled.

Martin’s course in human anatomy and physiology helped prepare Edmonds for his future career as a dental hygienist.

“I love science,” Edmonds said. “The course was challenging and I enjoyed learning about different things about the human body. It kept my mind going.

In addition to taking the science course, Edmonds also attended Dr. Kwag Kim’s dental practice in grade 10, which helped solidify her decision to pursue a career in dental hygiene.

Edmonds was also a member of HOSA, a club for medical professionals, while in high school. She is also a member of the local chapter of the NAACP.

Edmonds has received three college scholarships: the Reverend Dr. Roger J. Ford Scholarship from the Halifax/South Boston County Branch of the NAACP, the Dr. Jesse J. Bates Scholarship in Memory of the late physician who served at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital for 50 years and a running gear scholarship.

The future high school graduate admitted that high school could be stressful at times as there was “a lot going on”, but she graduated and is heading on the right path thanks to the support of her parents, Lisa and Ronald Edmonds, and his grandparents, William and Carolyn Penick.

“They always pushed me to make sure I was on top of everything,” Edmonds said.

When asked what she thought before graduating from high school and starting the dental hygiene program at DCC soon after, the Comets cheerleader had a sunny outlook, gushing : “I’m excited.”


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