Class of 2017


Congratulations to all of our wonderful seniors!
Credit: Prescott Breitling '19, Jacob Parker '19, Daniel Wood '19 and Mr. Hayes.

Click on each name to learn more including college plans.

List of 26 items.

  • Harrison Angell


    First year at FCDS:
    2nd grade

    My favorite FCDS memory is when our middle school soccer team won the conference championship. We were the lowest ranked seed, but we beat Calvary, Wesleyan, and Greensboro Day to make it to the championship game and we won. It was by far my favorite FCDS memory and one of the best experiences of my life.

    College: North Carolina State University
  • Mereck Barnes


    First year at FCDS:
    9th grade

    My favorite teacher would have to be Mrs. Lopez. She has been my Spanish teacher and my advisor. She is always so nice and helpful to me. She has always provided me with a safe space for learning.

    College: Meredith College
  • Cameron Barnhardt


    First year at FCDS: 9th grade

    I am most looking forward to new beginnings and lifelong friendships.

    College: Elon University
  • Maggie Barnhardt


    First year at FCDS: 9th grade

    I can't wait to meet many new friends and possibly be in a sorority where I can develop lifelong friendships and bonds! Also, I am looking forward to being away from home and I am ready for a great and challenging experience at Elon.

    College: Elon University
  • Markey Battle


    First year at FCDS: Pre-K

    Tamara Harrington is my favorite teacher. All of the English teachers are so amazing, but Mrs. Harrington is so passionate about her class and the kids she teaches. She connects with her students on a personal level and she does not see them as students but as friends. Mrs. Harrington has always been the one I would run to if I needed help and she really helped me grow all throughout high school.

    College: Liberty University
  • Samy Bencherif


    First year at FCDS: 6th grade

    College: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Sutton Blanchard


    First year at FCDS: 8th grade

    College: University of Virginia
  • Jack Brinkley


    First year at FCDS: 7th grade

    College: Franklin and Marshall College
  • Kelsey Brown


    First year at FCDS: 11th grade

    I'm looking forward to playing softball at my dream college for the next four years and making new friends.

    College: East Tennessee State University
  • Lawson Brown


    First year at FCDS: 6th grade

    College: North Carolina State University
  • Audrey Buck


    First year at FCDS:
    Pre-K

    I am most looking forward to meeting new people and being exposed to different kinds of cultures and perspectives.

    College: Wake Forest University
  • Ben Burnett


    First year at FCDS:
    7th grade

    My favorite FCDS memory is going up to Biltmore every year and singing there for our Christmas Concert. It's a really special thing singing in that space and in front of a bunch of random people. It's just really awesome.

    College: Duke University
  • Molly Burnett


    First year at FCDS: 8th grade

    College: Middlebury College
  • Catherine Cavenaugh


    First year at FCDS: 3rd grade

    College: North Carolina State University
  • Elizabeth Ciener


    First year at FCDS: 10th grade

    I am most looking forward to meeting new people as well as moving away to somewhere new and exciting. I am also excited about going to college football games and joining greek life.

    College: The University of Alabama
  • Carter Cook


    First year at FCDS: 9th grade

    College: North Carolina State University
  • Julia Cullinan


    First year at FCDS: 9th grade

    College: The University of Richmond
  • Joseph Curran


    First year at FCDS: 3rd grade

    College: Queens University of Charlotte
  • Lauren Do


    First year at FCDS: Pre-K

    I'm looking forward to a fresh start in college.

    College: Davidson College
  • Nicole Ellis


    First year at FCDS: 1st grade

    My favorite teachers are Mr. McBride or Dr. Devanny because they inspired my love of history.

    College: Auburn University
  • Meredith Dockery


    First year at FCDS: 9th grade

    College: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Blythe Drucker


    First year at FCDS: Pre-K

    One of my favorite teachers is Mrs. Harrington. She has been an amazing advisor, and I have enjoyed the classes she teaches. They were always filled with interesting discussions in which she motivated us to be attentive readers and thinkers.

    College: Barnard College
  • Colten Eller


    First year at FCDS: Pre-K

    The thing I'm looking forward the most to in college is probably being able to sleep more because I have to get up so early to go to school now.

    College: North Carolina State University
  • Nicholas Emken


    First year at FCDS: 1st grade

    College: College of William and Mary
  • Emily Evans


    First year at FCDS: Kindergarten

    My favorite class is AP English with Mrs. Harrington.

    College: George Washington University
  • Sarah Everhart


    First year at FCDS: Pre-K

    My favorite teacher is Mr. Manna because he keeps the class interesting and he's really funny.

    College: Wingate University

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  • Jared Faulk


    First year at FCDS: 7th grade

    My highlight is performing in two plays and three musicals. I found my love of acting here, and Mr. Truhel, Mr. Hicks, and Mrs. Harvey have been tremendously instrumental in growing me as an actor. I seriously cannot thank them (and the school) enough for the opportunities I've had here.

    College: North Carolina State University
  • Chris Ferrell


    First year at FCDS: 6th grade

    One of my favorite memories at FCDS was first coming here and seeing the open community and quickly making friends.

    United States Army
  • Garrett Fowler


    First year at FCDS: K and 7

    My favorite FCDS memory is playing basketball with my favorite teacher and all of my friends and having a great time.

    College: Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Brynn Freeman


    First year at FCDS: 6th grade

    College: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Paarvv Goel


    First year at FCDS: 11th grade

    College: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Daniel Gray


    First year at FCDS: 10th grade

    Winning the state championship for men's lacrosse in May 2016.

    College: College of Charleston
  • Mackenzie Hungate


    First year at FCDS: 9th grade

    College: North Carolina State University
  • Lena Johnson


    First year at FCDS: 1st grade

    I have had multiple "favorite teachers." First, I am ever appreciative towards Mrs. Harrington for helping me find my writing voice and helping me when class was difficult. Also, I enjoyed Mr. Kildahl for his help with paving my road to college and his help with my applications for college.

    College: Boston University
  • Scott Joy


    First year at FCDS: 4th grade

    College: Northeastern University
  • Jacob Jung


    First year at FCDS: 1st grade

    College: Davidson College
  • Macy Justice


    First year at FCDS: 11th grade

    My favorite teacher/class was Mr. McBride's AP US History. The class sparked my interest in the political science component of history, and I felt the class was structured like a college class, further preparing me for my future.

    College: University of Mary Washington
  • Roby Kilby


    First year at FCDS: 2nd grade

    College: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Gabby Kozlowski


    First year at FCDS: 2nd grade

    FCDS has prepared me for what's ahead because it has provided me with many opportunities to become a well-rounded student and now I can continue to build on this foundation in college. Not only am I an athlete, but I am also a musician and a better student than I was before entering high school. I can't wait to use all these tools in college.

    College: High Point University
  • Rahul Krishnaswamy


    First year at FCDS: 10th grade

    College: Duke University
  • Olivia Li


    First year at FCDS: 11th grade

    College: Boston University
  • Jackie Liu


    First year at FCDS: 10th grade

    I am most looking forward to diversity in college, which can help me to explore more cultures and experience different perspectives.

    College: Ohio State University
  • Brandon Mack


    First year at FCDS: Kindergarten

    I loved going on the Orchestra trip to New York City my freshman year. I had so much fun with my friends exploring the city, eating amazing food, and watching Broadway shows.

    College: Elon University
  • Turner Malmo


    First year at FCDS: 
    10th grade

    College: Washington and Lee
  • Brandon Mayhan


    First year at FCDS: 11th grade

    College: Chowan University
  • Zander McCall


    First year at FCDS: 9th grade

    College: Methodist University
  • Caroline McNeer


    First year at FCDS:
    9th grade

    One of my favorite teachers is Dr. Trawinski; I take her AP Biology class, and although this class is extremely difficult, she makes the class fun and entertaining. She is very accepting of students' needs and lets us play Biology Jeopardy and Kahoot! This class takes a lot of time and effort, but having her as the teacher makes the class worth it.

    College: Kenyon College
  • Ben Merrick


    First year at FCDS: 6th grade

    College: University of Notre Dame
  • Ivan Milicevic


    First year at FCDS: 11th grade

    I have been here for two years and I met so many new people. I love the experience I got from all of the people in this school. I would not change it for anything.

    College: Appalachian State University
  • Jason Oh


    First year at FCDS: 9th grade

    I am looking forward to meeting new people in Washington, D.C. and finding my dream job.

    College: American University
  • Tyler Owens


    First year at FCDS: 4th grade

    College: East Carolina University
  • Victoria Parker


    First year at FCDS: Pre-K

    My favorite FCDS memory is our fall advisor lunch my junior year. My advisor group went to the Loop and then afterward a group of us went to the pet store and purchased a fish for Mrs. Harrington's classroom. We named the fish Hester Finn, and we kept her in the classroom all year.

    College: Wake Forest University

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  • Ryan Parsons


    First year at FCDS: 4th grade

    My favorite teacher is Steve Manna or I call him Coach. He has mentored me through high school because he has told me that I look like him when he was in high school. He was my JV golf coach and he is one of the best golf coaches I have had since playing golf here beginning in 6th grade. That is why I have so much respect for him and for what he does.

    College: Elon University
  • Chris Perry


    First year at FCDS: 7th grade

    My favorite memories are getting into my top choice college and winning the lacrosse and soccer championships in 8th grade. My favorite teacher is Mr. Manna. He knows why. I am looking forward to taking my education to the next level.

    College: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Banks Pickett


    First year at FCDS: 10th grade

    Mrs. Harrington is my favorite teacher because she introduced me to American literature and taught me a lot about writing. Her class is fun and engaging while productive and thoughtful at the same time.

    College: University of Virginia
  • Laura Plant


    First year at FCDS: 8th grade

    College: College of Charleston
  • Trevor Poppe


    First year at FCDS: 7th grade

    College: University of Florida
  • Jacob Pruitt


    First year at FCDS: 3rd grade

    My favorite classes at FCDS definitely have to be the three engineering classes taught by Mr. Trotter. These classes have taught me to think creatively and that solutions to problems might not always be evident, but they can be fixed. Mr. Trotter has been a true mentor and I cannot thank him enough for all he has done for me. He has taught me very valuable life lessons which I will always remember and live by.

    College: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Collin Requarth


    First year at FCDS: 1st grade

    College: North Carolina State University
  • Mimi Roberson


    First year at FCDS: 5th grade

    College: Furman University
  • Lilly Sessions


    First year at FCDS: 1st grade

    College: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Matthew Sides


    First year at FCDS: Pre-K

    I am most looking forward to meeting new people, living in a new setting, and having more freedom to choose classes.

    College: Furman University
  • Helen Staren


    First year at FCDS: 12th grade

    My favorite class this year has been Honors Chamber Singers with Mr. Hicks! He encouraged me to join the class when I joined the cast of "Little Shop of Horrors" and his class has become such a creative outlet for me during the hectic school day. I look up to him as a person and teacher so much. I am so appreciative of his words of wisdom, smiles, and support throughout this whole year.

    College: Arizona State University
  • Julianne Strauch


    First year at FCDS: 8th grade

    My time at FCDS has instilled in me the study skills and the responsibility needed to succeed in college. More than that, the teachers here have truly gotten me excited about learning.

    College: Dartmouth College
  • David Sun



    First year at FCDS: 10th grade

    FCDS has given me a good head start for my life in college. My college counselor helped with the application process and all of my classes have been very useful in preparing me for college.

    College: Stony Brook University
  • Will Swaim


    First year at FCDS: Pre-K

    My favorite teacher is Mr. Trotter. He is the one who helped sparked my interest for engineering. I also see him as a mentor, as he has been my adviser for all of high school.

    College: Clemson University
  • Charles Terry


    First year at FCDS: 6th grade

    College: North Carolina State University
  • Charlotte Thomas


    First year at FCDS: 12th grade

    College: Duke University
  • Dean Tickle


    First year at FCDS: 10th grade

    My favorite class is actually the series of three engineering courses. Mr. Trotter is in a class of his own and I am honored to have had the opportunity to be his student for my three years at FCDS.

    College: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Adrianna Torrieri


    First year at FCDS: 6th grade

    I am most looking forward to meeting new people and being exposed to different kinds of cultures and perspectives.

    College: North Carolina State University
  • Ranae Tuttle


    First year at FCDS: 5th grade

    My favorite class is Orchestra. I have been in Orchestra since I arrived at FCDS and I am now going to college for it. Mr. Craven is one of the best teachers this school has.

    College: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Rita Wang


    First year at FCDS: 9th grade

    College: School of Visual Arts
  • Ryan Wang


    First year at FCDS: 9th grade

    College: Rutgers University
  • Jacob Watson


    First year at FCDS: 12th grade

    FCDS is a good school and I'm looking forward to graduating.

    College: Appalachian State University
  • Hudson Weaver


    First year at FCDS: 7th grade

    College: North Carolina State University
  • Jonathan Winbush


    First year at FCDS: 6th grade

    College: Appalachian State University