Lindsay Caddell: Focused on service
Lindsay Caddell will immerse herself in the Miami heat for a week this summer, working with her Ben Salem Presbyterian Church youth group doing whatever needs to be done.
She will stay in a local church and work in local communities during the mission trip, one of several she has made as a teenager.
After Hurricane Katrina, her Moore County church youth group worked in a small Mississippi town to replace roofs and repair water-damaged homes.
Service is important to Caddell and something she upholds as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Union Pines High School, where she has excelled in softball, track and in the classroom. From cleaning her school’s courtyard to walking in Relay for Life or donating her hair to cancer patients, she’ll bring that spirit to ECU this fall as an EC Scholar.
"I know it sounds cliché, but I look forward to meeting new people, meeting new friends and a feeling of independence," said Caddell, 18, who is the daughter of Bryan and Janet Caddell of West End. "I look forward to a different way of learning new things."
Caddell described her first guided tour as "the X factor" in deciding to go to ECU. "There was just something about the campus. It was a gut feeling. It has a big campus feel but small enough to not feel overwhelming. I knew I would feel comfortable here," she said.
When she interviewed for the EC Scholars program, she had the same sense from the people she met. "Everyone was very real, very down to earth," Caddell said.
She is ranked first in her class of 263 and is winding down a senior year filled with advanced placement and honors courses in English literature, government, science and math. She attended NC Governor’s School last year for natural science.
Caddell wants to be a nurse, a decision that goes back five years with the birth of her cousin, Zachary, who was premature with complications. He spent weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit and the nurses there took the time to answer questions and get to know the family as well as Zachary. "It inspired me to be that person for someone else, to help ease those fears," Caddell said.
She has been job shadowing at her local hospital this year and looks forward to applying to ECU’s College of Nursing.
She will be spending time with family and close friends this summer, riding horses and taking an annual family vacation to Ocean Isle Beach before heading to Greenville. A cousin just finished her freshman year at ECU, so Caddell is looking forward to seeing her more often.
About EC Scholars
EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community andmultiple service activities.
The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.
The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview. The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.
- Crystal Baity, ECU News Services