YORK — Jeremy Falls enjoyed singing in the chorus and serving in student government during his years at York Comprehensive High School.
Falls, who was valedictorian of the school’s class of 2014, is eagerly looking forward to his next adventure.
He plans to study architecture in the fall at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He said he chose the school because of its progressive approach to architecture.
“I’ve always loved to create things, ever since I was a young boy,” said Falls, 18. “You see something in your mind, and then you get to see it come to life. It’s really a joy, and that’s what an architect gets to do.”
Falls, the son of Kay Falls of Sharon and Alan Falls of Hickory Grove, said he attributes his high school success to his faith in God.
“It was not what I alone could do, but what works He could do through me,” he said.
Salutatorian was Morgan Danielle Kuczler, 18, the daughter of Bill and Janice Kuczler. She plans to attend Johns Hopkins University.
Kuczler said she plans to study Spanish and biology, with plans to attend medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon.
“You are more likely to get into med school if you major in a different language,” she said. “But I hope to do missionary work, and Spanish has become a very universal language.”
Kuczler said she was able to shadow surgeons in Georgia for about two weeks, including watching surgeries and accompanying doctors on their rounds, which helped her realize that orthopedic surgery is her calling.
At YCHS, Kuczler said she was active in the track and field teams and volleyball.
“The girls that I bonded with, they just became like my sisters,” she said. “I think York has taught me a lot because of how different we area. Every person is their own individual.”
Falls said he worked hard during his high school years, but still had some time for fun. “It was a good blend,” he said.
One of his favorite things about school, he said, was participating in the school choir, which took a trip to New York City this spring.
“Every day you came in and it was more than class,” Falls said of the choral program. “It was a tight-knit family that you walked into every day.”
He added: “It’s hard to describe, because everyone was so into it, and they were there because they wanted to be there. They didn’t have to be there.”
His involvement in student government culminated this year in his service as student body president. The student council did activities like a canned food fundraiser for PATH and collecting Christmas gifts for needy families.
Falls, who enjoyed the academic experience, said he especially enjoyed studying math and history, two subjects that tie in well with his future plans.
Falls said he settled on architecture some time ago. Last summer, he attended a Clemson University architecture camp where his experienced confirmed his career choice.
Falls said he’s anxious to move on, but sad to leave York. “It’s a bittersweet moment,” he said. “You’re excited for what’s ahead, but you’re sad to leave your friends and your alma mater behind.”
Jennifer Becknell • 803-329-4077