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Freshman Profile: A Future in Healthcare

08.13.2014

HPU’s largest cohort of 1,470 new students represents a wide variety of academic achievement, service, backgrounds, cultures and geographic locations. Below is a snapshot of a student whose background in gymnastics and athletic training will serve him well as he begins his academic journey at HPU. With a growing demand for graduates in the exercise science field, HPU prepares students like Stewart for the healthcare careers of tomorrow.

Name: Nicholas “Stewart” Pritchard

High school attended: Early/middle college at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, N.C.

Accomplishments:  In addition to being a Presidential Scholar, Pritchard has won dozens of national and international gymnastics competition medals, scholarships and awards. At the USA Trampoline and Tumbling national championships recently held in Kentucky, Pritchard placed 1st in double mini and 6th in trampoline. Additionally, Pritchard has placed 3rd on double mini at the Frivolten Cup in Sweden, 2nd on double mini and 5th on trampoline at the David Ward Hunt Cup in England, and was 8th on double mini at the 2013 World Age Group games in Sofia Bulgaria. Not only does Pritchard excel in gym competitions, but he understands the value of giving back as well. As an Eagle Scout, he frequently volunteers at multiple charities with Boy Scouts of America, and helps aspiring gymnasts reach their potential as a gymnastics coach at Tumblebees Ultimate Gym in Greensboro, N.C.

Major: Exercise Science, anticipating taking the Pre-Med track as well

Why you chose HPU: “I chose to come to High Point University because I was astounded by the campus – especially the Human Biomechanics & Physiology Laboratory on campus. I know I will have a great college experience here.”

What you’re looking forward to at HPU: “I’m looking forward to exploring my academic interests at High Point and the great student life on campus.”

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