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Cheatham County Central High School valedictorian Kiah Fisher plans to attend Lipscomb University in the fall. RANDY MOOMAW

Kiah Fisher is Cheatham County Central High School’s valedictorian from the Class of 2020. 

She plans to begin her freshman year through honors college at Lipscomb University.

“As of now, I am not completely sure as to what my career goals consist of,” Fisher said. “So, I am keeping an open mind about my future.”

She cites two facets of her CCCHS education as being especially rewarding.

“I am a strong believer in the opportunities provided through Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Student Organizations (CTSOs),” she said. “I have had the amazingopportunity to serve on Tennessee HOSA’s State Executive Council for the past year, and I have seen first-hand the passion that all types of CTE students have for their future aspirations. If there is one thing that I am most appreciative of in my high school experience, it has been CTE.”

Fisher also sees a number of challenges that students face; something that have been enhanced by the disruption of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“In my opinion, the toughest challenge facing high school students is uncertainty,” she said. “Looking toward your future, causes enough worry as is; but with COVID-19 added into thisquestion, the uncertainty of your future becomes even more terrifying. No one knows exactly what is going to happen in any situation; so, I believe that having a strong support system in your friends, family, and even teachers or coaches, is vital for high school students, especially at this time.”

She added that for herself personally, the pandemic has been especially hard to process. 

“I had looked forward to everything I was supposed to experience this year for the past four years, only to have it taken away,” she said.

Fisher cited one of her teachers, Mrs. Kelly Lewis, as among the bright spots of her CCCHS education.

“She has been my health science teacher for three years and my HOSA chapter advisor for four years,” said Fisher. “Mrs. Kelly always goes above and beyond in everything she does, and she cares for her students more openly and lovingly than any other teacher I believe I have ever had. She is an outstanding role model, and all of her students love and appreciate her more than she will ever know.”

Fisher also recognized several key role models in her life that have helped her find her way to bringing her very best to light in life.

“My mother, Andrea Pewitt, is the biggest role model in my life,” she said. “My step-father, Todd Pewitt, has taught me to always be confident in my actions and decisions. My brother,Bryant Fisher, has always shown me how to be strong, even when times are hard. My six-year-old sister, Gracelynn Pewitt, has taught me how to stay patient and keeps me smiling all of the time.”

Fisher also brought to light hobbies and passions that help to direct and define her journey of persistent pursuit of joy and the engagement of high hopes.

“My favorite hobby is definitely traveling,” she said. “I am so thankful for all of the opportunities I have had to experience new places and meet new people. My biggest passion in life is serving others in whatever way I can.”

Fisher also admits that the winding down of the school year has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride with sputters and stalls along the way, noting that there have also been highlights of potential and promise in the face of tough times.

“The past few months have been challenging,” Fisher said. “The toughest loss for seniors has been saying goodbye to the life we had for the past four years. Given the current circumstance, there have been a few positive outlooks for all of the students. For starters, we actually learned to appreciate school, which is not something we ever would have said before this year.”

When asked to give a shoutout to members of the junior class who are soon to be seniors at CCCHS, Fisher put things in perspective with encouragement and some sound advice.

“To the Class of 2021, good luck,” she said. “If I have one thing to say to all of you, it’s to enjoy every moment you’re given. Make the most of it and take nothing for granted.”

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