Southeast Bulloch High School Valedictorian Ashley Crowe is following in her mother’s footsteps. Her mother, Lisa Crowe, now a teacher at Southeast Bulloch Middle School, was SEB’s salutatorian in 1987.
“My mom always encourages my younger sister Cierra and me to do well in school.
Crowe is entering Shorter University’s pre-medicine program and plans to become a chiropractor.
“I took anatomy in high school, and I loved it,” said Crowe. “Learning about bones and muscles fascinated me, but I didn’t want to work in a traditional healthcare setting. I’m excited and ready to see what God will do with my life.”
Crowe has a strong faith and always wanted to go to a Baptist college, like Shorter.
“Ashley is one of only 30 students in Georgia selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Georgia Baptist Convention,” said Rev. Tony Pagliarullo, minister to youth at Statesboro First Baptist Church.
Her SAT scores coupled with her high grade-point average also qualified her for Shorter’s Scholars Program and a reduced tuition rate.
“I’m learning to trust that the Lord will provide and make a way.”
“Ashley has a strong moral compass, a big heart, and an incredible work ethic,” said SEB Director of Bands Matt Olsen.
Crowe has been active in the school’s award-winning band, “The Swarm” throughout high school playing the alto saxophone that she began learning in sixth grade.
“My mom played the same instrument, and she still has hers,” said Crowe.
Olsen and Pagliarullo both noted that Crowe is quick to perform assigned tasks and serve others.
“You never have to ask Ashley to help someone in need as she has usually found the person before you and has already begun working with them,” said Olsen.
Crowe has served as vice-president of her senior class and a member of the Communities Mobilizing for Change in Alcohol Council.
“Ashley is a model student who leads by example,” said Dr. Trey Robertson, principal at Southeast Bulloch. “She has a personal drive and sense of purpose that is not seen in many 18 year olds.”
Crowe is the daughter of Barry and Lisa Crowe of Brooklet.
"After winning the highest grade point average in fifth grade at Brooklet Elementary, she was determined to do her best,” said Lisa Crowe. “Her determination comes from her trust and faith in God. We give Him the glory for her accomplishments. She is an amazing gift from God, and we’re so proud of her."