ASHE COUNTY — According to Edward Arriola, raising two sons as a single parent was not an easy task but with the help of Ashe County Schools, the process was made much easier.
“As a single parent, the school system wrapped their arms around my children and took care of them in a nurturing way,” Arriola said.
Arriola’s two sons, Gregory Scott “Scottie” Arriola and Edward “Eddie” Arriola II both graduated Ashe County High School in 2003. Scottie was elected as ACHS’s first Student Body President and both are life members of the National Beta Club.
Scottie is currently set to begin his senior year this fall at North Carolina State University where he is studying fashion and textile design.
He recently completed a paid internship with Ralph Lauren in New York City after being selected out of 4,000 applicants for the opportunity. During the internship, Scottie was able to assist designers with set design, story boards and buying fabric.
“Coming from Jefferson, North Carolina and going all the way up to Manhattan and working for Ralph Lauren is a big deal,” Arriola said.
Eddie currently works as a system analyst for Southbend located in Fuquay Varina.
Arriola attributes his sons’ successes to the opportunities they had at ACHS. According to Arriola, he believes that his sons education in Ashe County allowed them to excel ahead of their peers academically.
In the last decade, Ashe County Schools have proven to be competitive on a local and national level.
In 2008, Ashe County High School was ranked among the top 1,500 public high schools in the country.
Two teachers have been named North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Carmen Wilson was named Teacher of the Year in 2001-02 and Keanna Triplett was also named earlier this year.
Although Scottie and Eddie currently live in Cary, both plan to eventually move to New York City to pursue careers in their respective interests.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.