BOONE — Watauga High School graduate Lisandra Mejia was awarded a $1,000 LifeStore Merit scholarship. LifeStore awards these scholarships to a graduating senior based on a combination of academic achievement, financial need and extracurricular activities.
LifeStore Bank and Insurance awards scholarships each year to high school seniors. “LifeStore is proud to be a community partner by supporting local education through events in our schools, partnerships within the classrooms and scholarships,” said Judy Current, director of marketing and strategic growth. Mejia’s parents are Lisandro and Kimberly Mjeia of Zionville. Mejia will attend N.C. State, where she will study agriculture education and horticulture science. She developed a passion for agriculture and horticulture in ninth grade.
“Ms. Olivia Hagler inspired me, guided me and pushed me,” commented Mejia. It’s the inspiration from her agriculture studies at Watauga that inspired her to make plans to become an educator in the agriculture field.
Mejia has been a leader in FFA and participated in a number of local and state competitions and leadership development programs. In FFA she earned top honors in state competition in Parliamentary Procedure and Farm Business Management. She is the editor and vice president of a student led and created website, www.everythingagriculture.org. She is also a certified welder and has been involved in her community and church.