Sussex Central co-salutatorian aims to ‘make a change in the world’

GEORGETOWN — Some things are penciled in.

But Andrew Evan, co-salutatorian for Sussex Central High School’s Class of 2017, doesn’t have his future mapped out in ink.

“I barely know what is going to happen to me in the next four years,” he says.

Andrew Evan

Next academic stop for the 17-year-old from Dagsboro: The College of William & Mary in colonial Williamsburg, VA.

At Sussex Central, Andrew participated in cross country, track and field, Business Professionals of America (he attended several national BPA conferences), Math League, National Honor Society and the Sussex Central TV crew.

Academically, he finished in a statistical deadlock with classmate Luis Garcia Osorio for the second-highest grade point average in the Golden Knight Class of 2017.

Andrew is the son of Teri and Jeff Evans. He has two sisters, one older, one younger.

This week’s Person to Meet: Andrew Evan.

What’s your major at William & Mary?

“I am planning on majoring in computer science right now and then hoping to possibly double major in either psychology or film/media studies.”

Any challenge during your high school days at SCHS?

“One of the things I remember as a freshman is I was always one of the smallest kids. I was like by far the shortest kid in the hallway.”

“And now I’m still like middle of the road, just trying to find my way almost like in school and in life, trying to figure out what I want to do with my life, trying to figure out which class to go to. All these different decisions I had to make. It really allowed me to become more of an individual as opposed to like having my parents holding my hand. Essentially, I felt like that was happening through middle school, so I had to overcome doing homework without their help, doing assignments without them saying, ‘Hey, make sure you do your homework.’”

Was there a favorite extra-curricular activity at Sussex Central?

‘The most impactful one was cross country. I love that sport. That also led to me doing track and field.”

Is there a fondest memory?

“One memory I will probably never forget from high school was during my junior year in cross country, we were running against Caesar Rodney. They are one of the top teams in the whole state and definitely the conference in cross country. Just as the gun was about to go off and we were about to start it started pouring. You couldn’t even see like five feet in front of you. So, we go off and we are running and in the end, we ended up beating CR. It was like the first time CR lost in like 100 and some meets. It was a big accomplishment for us because we had kind of been the bottom of the barrel in the conference for like 10-plus years. So, beating CR who was one of the best teams in the whole state was awesome. And it being in the rain, there was a photo in the yearbook of me last year. I have my arms raised and I am all soaked. I was one of my favorite photos ever.”

Andrew Evan, left, and Luis Garcia Osorio were Sussex Central High School’s co-salutatorians.

Do you plan to continue cross country at William & Mary?

“I am hoping to run club. When I went there, there was some people were talking about the club teams they offer. And it’s a beautiful campus so it will be fun to run around there.”

What’s your long-range future hope?

“I really hope one day to eventually be successful and have people know my name. I don’t know what it’s going to be. Maybe it’s TV. Maybe it’s some type of study I did. Just something to make a change in the world.”

Closing thoughts?

“My dad was always there to support me along the way. My mom, too, and my family, like grandparents and sisters they were always there as a backbone. And from school, the principals and administration, Dr. Layfield, they all helped me get through. They gave me advice and helped give me many opportunities at the school. And the different teachers … who really got me interested in the subjects they were teaching.”

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