2014 North Carolina Award Recipients

Student Readiness Award Recipient: Cierra Coleman

Photo of Cierra Coleman Cierra Coleman, North Carolina Student Readiness Award recipient, uses her leadership inside and outside the classroom to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Cierra began gaining leadership experience in ninth grade when she was first elected class president. She held the office for four consecutive years, and worked closely with staff and students to establish a school-wide student council group.

“I am very passionate about the things we do for our school and our community,” Cierra said.

In addition to her leadership in the school council, Cierra is a member of the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs Educational Talent Search program and the North Carolina Native American Youth Organization, She also volunteers regularly in her community.

“Cierra is extremely intelligent, but she is also not afraid to work for her success,” wrote Bobby Vaughan, her principal. A leader by example, Cierra shows her classmates that they can be successful in the classroom and still lead an active extracurricular life.

The importance of education was instilled in Cierra from a very young age. Cierra’s family motivated her to push herself academically and to always strive for success. “I understand what a good education can do for my life, and I want to make my life the best it can possibly be,” said Cierra. With a 4.0 grade point average, numerous honor classes, and experience serving her community, Cierra has demonstrated a commitment to college and career readiness.

An aspiring orthodontist, Cierra will study biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After that, she hopes to attend the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.