Meet Jedidiah Coon
“A Life-Ready Eagle Scout Ready for the Workforce”
For Jedidiah “Jed” Coon, life hasn’t always been easy.
He has faced many challenges but has chosen to embrace the chance for opportunity. As a senior at Cape Fear High School, Jed is considered an unaccompanied youth student. Luckily, he was welcomed by a friend’s family who has provided unconditional encouragement and support during his junior and senior years of high school.
Jed has persevered, maintaining As and Bs throughout his senior year. For the past three years, he has been a member of the varsity lacrosse team. He is also in the Key Club. In addition to excelling in the school setting, Jed has maintained employment, working anywhere from 15 to 35 hours per week.
Jed has especially enjoyed lacrosse, leading the team as the team captain. This year, Cape Fear’s team is made up of many young players, which has given Jed an opportunity to be a role model for his teammates.
“Jed’s teachers and coach agree that Jed is hardworking, respectful and a true leader,” said Christy Parker, a teacher at Cape Fear. “Jed sets a positive example for members of his team and often takes the lead in guiding freshman players.”
For Jed, helping others is a must. Even when he is having a rough day, he tries to be intentional about checking on those around him. He hopes others will remember him as someone who is always trying to cheer people up and being a light on dark days.
One of Jed’s greatest accomplishments to date is becoming an Eagle Scout. Jed has been in Boy Scouts since the first grade and has accumulated about 100 hours of community service. For his Eagle Project, he built a gaga ball pit for a non-profit organization that builds parks and helps military families, especially those who have lost a loved one while serving.
After graduating, Jed will attend trade school. He would like to be an electrician or an HVAC technician. As he looks back on his time at Cape Fear, he is thankful for teachers like Angela Spry, who has made a lasting impression on him.
“Angela Spry has taught me so many things about life,” Jed said. “How to forgive and forget, how to take care of myself and how to be responsible. But one thing I will never forget: ‘it takes a lifetime to build trust and an instant to lose it.’”
Jed’s childhood wasn’t always easy, but thanks to the teachers at Cape Fear and a strong support system, Jed is proud of who he is today.
“Through it all, the biggest thing I have learned is to try and keep calm and positive in all situations and worry about the things you can control,” Jed said. “For the things you can't control, flow with them, not against them.”