PROSPERITY — Mid-Carolina High School senior Carlin Fellers followed in his brother Cameron’s footsteps and earned perfect attendance over the course of his entire public school career.
He said credit for the achievement goes to his parents, Clay and Gina Fellers.
“They supported me through all those years of school and made me go sometimes even if I didn’t feel like it,” he said.
But Carlin did more than attend school. He excelled.
The young man ranks third in his class, is a Palmetto Fellow Scholar and earned early acceptance to Clemson University. He plans to attend Clemson in the fall and major in mechanical engineering.
“I was pretty fortunate not to get sick,” he said. “I never had the flu and really only had to push through a few mild fevers along the way.”
He eats a balanced diet and gets eight hours sleep per night. Otherwise, it’s just a lot of “want to” that got him to school each day.
Carlin said it really hit him as a sophomore when his brother earned perfect attendance and his parents mentioned they hoped he would follow in his footsteps.
“This was a team effort and my family is a big part of it,” he said. “Some of my friends really encouraged me, too, once they realized how close I was and how much it meant to me.”
He said senior skip day was the hardest in the short term because he was the only student in his classes but it was worth it in the end.
Carlin is a well-rounded student who played football for four years and soccer for two years at MCHS, playing wide receiver and sweeper.
“I just tried to keep my priorities straight with class and church involvement and the rest took care of itself,” he said.
Carlin is active in his youth group at Zion United Methodist Church, doing community service and attending retreats at Lake Junaluska.
He has helped three to four years with Project Warm doing everything from roofing and siding work to helping his father with electrical work and yard clean up.
Clay Fellers s an electrical engineer with Eden Cooper Power System and his mother, Gina, is an X-ray technician at Lexington Medical Center.
Another way Carlin breaks the mold of the typical high school student is by not having a Facebook account.
He took one AP class (human geography) and took several courses at Piedmont Tech, including Calculus 1-4.
He prefers Twitter to Facebook, enjoys listening to pop/rock and country music and said his favorite food is a toss up between a steak and a “good cheeseburger” ordered from a steak house.
His brother, Cameron, also majored in mechanical engineering at Clemson.
“I plan to keep up this habit while at Clemson. (From what my brother tells me) if you miss a day in college you get far behind since the pace is faster than high school,” Carlin said.