Soon Zach Heath will leave high school behind and hopefully head off to N.C. State University. Recently he spoke to members of his church about his faith and his outlook on life.
Q: You were recently asked to speak before the congregation at your church, Zebulon Baptist. What did you talk about and why were you chosen?
“I have been attending Zebulon Baptist most of my life. I didn’t mind speaking – I was a little nervous but not all that much. They asked me if I could speak during ‘Youth Sunday.’ I talked about how, when Jesus was a boy, he was left at the temple because he was obedient to his faith. I spoke on being obedient, and the importance of growing in your faith.”
Q: You have strived to become a well-rounded student with diverse interests. When you are not working on keeping your grades up, what do you like to do?
“At school, I am in the Honors Chorale, the National Honors Society, and I like to play tennis. I have played all four years.”
Q: So are you pretty good in tennis – any scholarships on the horizon?
“I am pretty good in singles – I think I have improved a lot in the four years but no scholarship.”
Q: So you are an athlete, as well as being musically inclined. Do you also play an instrument?
“I like playing the guitar and the piano.”
Q: Are you in a band?
“Some of my friends have a band and they have talked about us playing together some time but because of tennis, I never have time for that. It might be something fun to look into one day.”
Q: What else do you enjoy doing with your friends?
“I have about three best friends and we all enjoy playing just a lot of different sports. If it is nice, we just like to go out and hit a baseball or throw a football. We also play video games.”
Q: What do you prefer – virtual sports, or getting outside and playing sports?
“It just depends on how I am feeling. I have to say I do enjoy getting outside and staying active but sometimes you are just tired and you want to take it easy so we play videogames.”
Q: What is your favorite school subject? And what teacher has been the most helpful to you?
“My favorite subject is math but I have to say Ann Barnes, my Spanish teacher, is my favorite. She is someone I can go to if I ever need help with anything. I went to her for help when I was working on what I was going to say at church.”
Q: Who has been the most influential person in your life and why did they make an impact on you?
“My tennis coach, Jackson Glasgow. I knew him before he became my coach. He is just an all-around good person. He told us that we all make bad mistakes but you can’t let that hold you back, and you need to let the good outweigh the bad. I try to keep that in mind.”
Q: Now that you are about to leave high school, do you have any regrets that you can provide as a lesson to incoming freshmen? What is most on your mind now?
“I can’t say I really have any regrets. I did a good job on keeping my grades up and if I had to give any advice to incoming freshmen, it would be to make sure you do the same thing – you want to keep your grades up. The senior year has been the toughest one. I really worked hard. My biggest concern is getting in the school I want to get into – N.C. State University.”
Q: What about the social aspect of high school life? Do you have a girlfriend or do you think teenagers get too serious too early?
“I don’t have a girlfriend and I do think teenagers can get caught up too much in relationships. They act like they have found some soul mates – they think they are in love and then break-up and they are with someone else. When you’re in high school, there is still a lot of growing up to do.”
Q: What is your favorite off-campus lunch destination?
“A lot of people go to Sheetz and McDonald’s here in Wendell but some also go to Bojangles. If I had time, I would want to go to Chick-Fil-A but there isn’t enough time.”
Q: If you had to pick one bad habit or one character flaw you have, what would it be?
“Probably not to be so judgmental. I am too quick to judge. You truly cannot judge a book by the cover or make an assumption about what they are.”
Correspondent Dena Coward