David Reagan, 18, will attend the University of Georgia in the fall and has been accepted into the college’s Army ROTC program. He wasn’t involved in the JROTC program in high school but felt like the military was a step in the right direction after earning his four-year degree.
“Army offers a job after college, which is nice to have that job security, and also there’s military tradition in my family,” he said.
His father, North Cobb teacher John Reagan, was a U.S. Marine, and both of his grandfathers were members of the U.S. Air Force.
Reagan hopes the military experience will help him find a job working with an international health care organization like the World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control.
“I am going to be doing Army medicine,” he said.
Medicine became an interest after working on a research project to figure out which health care systems are most effective in treating people with chronic diseases or illnesses globally.
“I want to see how international health care policies can impact a citizen’s health and wellbeing,” he said.
The project was part of a class while he was enrolled in North Cobb’s International Studies magnet school program. The Acworth resident is zoned for Harrison but applied to North Cobb.
“I wanted to get into the international field after high school, so I thought North Cobb would be a good fit,” he said about enrolling at the school. “It’s been everything I hoped and more. I loved it. They really try to make us go beyond what we think we can do academically.”
He never imagined high school would give him as many opportunities as he’s had to take high-level social studies and science classes.
“I probably wouldn’t have done it if they hadn’t challenged me to do so,” he said. “The teachers are there for you whenever you need them.”
The sentiments go both ways.
“David Reagan has all the qualities that make for a successful student: diligence, creativity, aptitude and motivation to name a few, but he also possesses a kindness of spirit that brings an entire school up with him,” said Magnet Program Coordinator David Stephenson.
The coordinator said Reagan brought out the best in other students by listening to them, relating to their individual needs and leading not by decree, but through consensus.
This is specifically reflected in Reagan’s participation in the school’s Link Crew.
“When freshmen come into North Cobb, we try to set the tone for the freshman class, keep them academically focused since the ninth grade year is crucial to GPA throughout your high school career,” Stephenson said.
Reagan was a four-year letterman on the school’s cross country team, and served as captain his senior year, participating in the 1600-meter on the school’s track team between ninth and 11th grade.
“I started (cross country) in eighth grade in a junior cross country program with Harrison High School, and when I got into North Cobb, I started training with them the summer,” he said.
It helped him meet people at North Cobb.
“I didn’t know anyone going in so it was kind of nice knowing people going in,” he said.
Reagan, one of 585 seniors, is graduating from North Cobb this afternoon at Kennesaw State University. He starts at UGA in the fall and is leaning toward a degree in biology.