Publishers Pick for June 2014


publishers-pick-june-2014It’s not too often you find double trouble in such a way that it’s double the “Goode News”. We had several submissions for Publishers Pick and this one is just Double the Delight. Many readers are celebrating graduation this month and we at Gaston Alive! Magazine wanted to feature a graduate. In our search we found not one, but two Publisher’s Picks.

Forestview High School Seniors, Madison Lea Jackson and Marissa Layne Jackson, daughters of Jody and Christy Jackson, and granddaughters of Michael & Joyce Jackson and Jill Biddy, are quite the pair. These twin girls have already built impressive résumés and they are delightful young ladies. They have BOTH maintained 13 years of perfect attendance. In addition, they are in the top five of their class, are involved in many clubs, and are members of the Beta Club and Honors Society. They are captains on their volleyball and soccer teams and love being positive role models to their teammates. Marissa won the honor of Senior Class President and Homecoming Queen and Madison won the honor of Prom Queen. They are both very involved in their church, Gastonia First Assembly, and its Kineo Youth Ministry. They also volunteer, work with and tutor kids in the area, and have had the privilege of going on several mission trips.

Publisher-Pick-photo2These are two of the most grateful and humble young ladies you can ever meet. Ask anyone at Forestview High School and they get rave reviews from their peers and staff members. Principal Chad Carper said, “Madison and Marissa are both remarkable leaders due to their incredible work ethic and strong character. Both students have had perfect attendance to school for the past 13 years. They are simply amazing young leaders!”

The twins enjoy spending their free time with their family and hanging out with their friends. They enjoy being active, watching kids, shopping, doing their very best at whatever comes their way and just having fun. They are looking forward to graduating and a very busy summer, which includes beach trips with friends and family, a mission trip, youth camp and preparing for college.
These two have worked very hard to get to this level and their efforts paid off. After acceptance offers from many other universities such as Alabama and UNC Charlotte, and after much anticipation, they have both decided they will attend UNC Chapel Hill in the Fall and will be roommates majoring in Biology. GO TARHEELS!

Congratulations to Madison and Marissa for being the Publisher’s Pick for June. We wish much success to both of you and keep up the great work!