Garrett Saffold, son of Garry and Tracey Saffold, graduated with his high school diploma and his Associate in Arts from Wilkes Community College in spring 2018. Garrett was a homeschool student who began taking college courses through the Career and College Promise program. Garrett is now pursuing a degree in Anthropology at NC State. When Garrett was 12 years old, he developed this love of anthropology by stepping on a sharp object that turned out to be an arrowhead. After finding the artifact, he began researching and learning more about Native American culture. Over the years, Garrett has collected numerous artifacts ranging from arrowheads to native American pottery. He has started an Instagram page @lostandfoundarchaeology documenting his discoveries.
Beyond school, Garrett volunteered at a local elementary school for the “Good News club” and Samaritan’s Purse, is an active member at Mt. Pleasant, and played basketball at Millers Creek Christian School. Garrett states, “Career and College Promise has prepared me beyond measure and is helping me transition to the university. Wilkes Community College has many supports in place like tutoring and library assistance and the instructors have also steered me in the right direction.” WCC is proud of Garrett and his accomplishments.