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Being involved in a variety of extracurriculars throughout her high school career has aided Lewis County High School senior Sarah Flesher in being successful.

“I’ve taken AP language, (literature) and right now I’m in AP 2D art,” she said. “I’ve also taken WVU dual-credit algebra and trig, as well as Fairmont State University’s Earth and Sky class.”

The advanced classes have instilled good study habits in Flesher, she said, in terms of motivating herself to sit down and look at material.

“I can’t expect to go to school and have a teacher to necessarily teach all of it to me,” she said. “There’s a lot you can do individually that kind of will take what you’re learning in the classroom and take it further at home.”

Flesher said a lot of her high school teachers have prepared her for college by encouraging her to read more, plus do more work at home.

“They’ve encouraged us to take control and be in charge of our own education,” she said. “By encouraging us to read more and study more, they’re teaching us we can always do more.”

After graduation, Flesher is looking forward to heading to college to major in graphic design, although she hasn’t chosen a school yet.

“Art is something that I’ve always really loved for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I feel like the design side of it, not just drawing and painting, you can kind of communicate to people a message with your art.”

One of the major advantages of going to Lewis County High School is developing close relationships with her teachers, Flesher said.

“All of my teachers know me by name and care about how well I’m doing in class,” she said. “If I’m slipping or whatever, my teachers notice. They’ll talk to me and offer me more help so both of us are involved in my education.”

Outside the classroom, Flesher has been involved in band, cross country, soccer, track, National Honor Society and 4-H. Flesher mentioned learning a lot of self-discipline as a part of all of these activities.

“When I come to practice, whether it’s band or soccer or whatever, we have a drill we have to do and to get it done,” she said. “It’s the same when I get home. I have homework I have to do, so I have to get that done.”

Lewis County Teach Sherry Carr had Flesher in class for AP Literature and Composition. She has known her for the last three years as both a student and an athlete.

“She is exemplary in both areas, extremely focused with a capacity to get a hard job done with an excellent attitude,” she said. “Sarah is quiet, calling to mind the idea that ‘still waters run deep.’”

Carr said Flesher’s ability to diversify her skill set and adapt to the demands of an ever-changing landscape, whether academically or athletically, has allowed her to have the level of success she has achieved.

“She also happens to be an extremely nice person, in the truest sense of the ideal — humble and kind,” she said. “Knowing her parents as I do, this comes as no surprise.”

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