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Spotlight On: Sophie Temple, CCES Class of 2017

by Jamie Bryant, Director of Marketing and PR
Sophie Temple grew up wearing Carolina blue and is fulfilling her lifelong dream by attending the Honors College at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.  She brings her passionate best self to everything she does and we are certain this dynamic student will one day be demanding change— fighting for inclusion and representation for women and girls worldwide.

“I love everything about UNC,” Sophie said. “From the campus to the activism present to the people there.  I couldn’t be more excited to attend in the fall!”  She also applied to UGA, Clemson, Tulane, Sewanee, Wake Forest, and UVA, but UNC’s rich diversity of programming with a robust international focus and its strong commitment to supporting student movements ushered her deeper into Tar Heel country.  Her passion for women’s rights started as a little girl, one who admired the actress, and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson.  When Emma Watson called on people around the globe to join the movement for gender equality, Sophie Temple followed.  Her passion has grown from women’s rights to education equality (in America and all around the world).

Sophie came to CCES in the 6th grade.  She has been a member of the yearbook staff for three years, played field hockey for three years, and has been a part of the Upper School musical every year of high school, whether crewing or acting in it.  This year she was nominated for the DAR Good Citizens Award, and won the upstate region.  She has earned Honor Roll every semester of high school.  Sophie cherishes opportunities to serve others.  Through her involvement in Young Life, serving on a work crew at Windy Gap, and as a junior counselor at Camp Illahee, she has come to appreciate the value of service.  Sophie embodies the selfless qualities of the “servant’s heart”.  This past fall Sophie co-founded an organization at CCES that aims to raise awareness and start a conversation on women’s rights, People On Women’s Rights (POWR).

“Sophie takes the road less traveled and is not afraid to be her own person and her authentic self,” commented her College Counselor, Mrs. Lindsey Waters.  “She is inclusive, genuine, and thoughtful.  It is important to Sophie that others can rely on her and she values loyalty, acceptance, and kindness in those she chooses to spend her time with.”

As the nation’s first public university, Sophie looks forward to being a part of the many traditions at UNC, and we think she might just start a few of her own.


Favorite CCES class you’ve ever taken?  IB English with Mrs. Nelson, I’ve always loved English class but she makes it even more interesting and eventful (plus, Furry Friend Friday!).
What is the best book from your childhood?  The Harry Potter series – I’ve read each book at least 6 times.
Who is your favorite Disney character?  Belle, who values independence and intelligence and compassion, and Peter Pan, who never grows up.
What is your favorite community organization?  Safe Harbor – they provide support to people in abusive relationships and help them get out of that situation and find a way to be on their own.
Tell us one of the things on your bucket list?  The FIRST thing on my bucket list is to give a TEDTalk someday!
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    • Sophie on the UNC campus when she was 8 years old.

    • A re-creation of the picture after she was accepted.

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