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Moore County’s Pierce shows diversity inside and outside school

Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

Moore County High School junior Daisy Pierce lists helping family and friends as her top priority. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Moore County High School junior Daisy Pierce lists helping family and friends as her top priority. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Diversity is a word that defines Daisy Pierce quite well.

A junior at Moore County High School, Pierce is a member of the National Honor Society, the MCHS Student Council, the Pep Club and the Moore County softball team. Like many students, she lists her studies as a priority and like many youngsters she says family and friends are at the top of that list as well.

This marks the second year that Pierce has been a member of the National Honor Society.

“It makes me feel smart … I’m honored to be in this type of (organization),” says Pierce.

As part of the National Honor Society, Pierce continues to work on her grades, while also keeping up the responsibilities that the Honor Society requires.

“You have to have so many service hours to stay a member … something that benefits other people, but that you don’t get anything from,” Pierce continues, “so I worked the Junior Pro (Basketball) concessions on Saturdays.”

Pierce says helping others is a priority. If she’s not working on her softball swing, she likes to go to Belvidere where she’s been helping Bonnie and Taylor Hasty work on their house. Bonnie Hasty lost her husband and Taylor’s father Troy to a sudden heart attack in August.

“They’re real close to my dad,” says Pierce. “We have been painting and doing the grout on the tile on the floor … just putting the house together. It just makes me feel good, knowing that I can help other people who need help, rather than being selfish.”

Pierce is the daughter of M.L. Pierce and Jo Jo McBee. She has a younger brother, Mason, and an older sister, Hannah. She also has a stepsister, Andie Jane McBee. Her stepsister is 7, while Mason is in seventh grade and Hannah is a 2014 MCHS graduate who attends Motlow College and works at Miss Mary Bobo’s. Pierce says she’s close to both family and friends and enjoys helping them out.

“It’s definitely interesting. I have to look out for Mason and Hannah is always there for me if I need anything,” Pierce says. “I think (family is) pretty important because we are always there for each other. If something happens, we can talk to each other because we have that bond.”

Showing her diversity, Pierce likes to go to the dirt track races where she helps her cousin Jennifer Deal as well. Deal is a regular driver at Winchester Speedway and Pierce considers herself a crew member.

“I go and help them, her and C.W. Carr.,” says Pierce. “I’m the ‘pit crew.’ I just go and help them unload and help them with the car. “I crawl up under there and change gears and stuff. She only got to race (her Late Model) once, before she smacked the wall. She smacked it pretty hard too. I got it on video.

“We go to Winchester on Saturday night and sometimes to Duck River. Me and Jennifer, we always hang out. We used to go race go karts at her house and she decided to race cars. I am into that, the whole car thing. Hopefully I may be driving the dwarf car next year.”

Pierce says she’s eager to get behind the wheel, despite seeing some of her friends take some pretty hard crashes.

“When I saw Hasty (Deal) wreck that time, it makes you realize that that can happen to you,” admits Pierce. “I hope it doesn’t happen, but I am not afraid if it does. I just want to try it.”

In the meantime, Pierce says she enjoys being in the Pep Club and attends as many games as possible. She also films Moore County’s football games for the team, along with classmate Savannah Stevens on Friday nights in the fall.

Being part of the Student Council since her freshman year has been a big part of her high school life as well. It’s just another way that Pierce says she’s able to help others, whether it be fellow students or Moore County’s faculty and staff.

With half of her junior year in the books, Pierce can’t believe how fast the school year has gone by. When school resumes in January, she has two goals ahead of her.

“I definitely want to keep my grades up. I’m gonna try to move up in the ranking in our class,” she adds. “I at least want to get into the top five of our class before I graduate. I think I am seventh now. And I’d like to make it to state in softball.”

Pierce still has more than a full year of high school before starting college and it may just take that long for her to decide what she wants to do. She did say she’d like to attend Motlow and eventually pursue the pharmaceutical or medical field.

“I don’t know what I want to do yet,” she says. “I want to go to Motlow for two years for sure and maybe figure it out, because I don’t know.”