Cadenhead, 17, son of Tim and Lisa Cadenhead of Paulding County, is on track to be the Class of 2013’s valedictorian. His 3.98 grade point average is not all that makes him stand out; he is also the vice president of the National Honor Society, which he has been a part of since the club’s beginnings at the school, as well as a member of the baseball and basketball teams.
Cadenhead’s plans are to attend Middle Georgia State College to study to become a helicopter pilot.
“I’ve always liked flying,” he said. “I like the feeling you get.”
His goal is to earn his associate’s degree, while putting in 60 hours of flight time to graduate. Cadenhead said he wants to become a medical helicopter pilot once he has enough experience to do the job.
Cadenhead is a versatile athlete. He can fill three key positions on the baseball team as a pitcher, first basemen or an outfielder. Also, he is a dual threat on the court being able to play either center or power forward.
He describes himself as studious, friendly, shy and having a relaxed personality.
“I’d like to say funny [as well],” Cadenhead said.
As a member of Grace Baptist Church Cadenhead is active with his youth group. He said he looks forward to helping with the Awana program, a children’s ministry, starring in the fall. Cadenhead enjoys working with the youth, and even will spend time watching the nursery at the church.
On top of all of his studies, sports and church activities Cadenhead finds the time to put in volunteer hours. The school requires students to have service hours, each class with different levels. The seniors have to work 10 hours each semester.
“I do a little bit more than that,” Cadenhead said.
He works about 17 hours each semester. Some of his hours have been spent at Warehouse of Hope in Douglasville, a nonprofit food and clothing ministry.
“If you’re going to do something you should do it right,” he said.
Principal Felecia Mays nominated Cadenhead because of his humility and his leadership.
“He leads and doesn’t even look to be a leader,” she said.
Mays described his leadership ability like Jesus. She said people want to follow Cadenhead based on the way he lives not because he tells them to.