Gracie Bowling

Date: 
2016 Scholars
High School: 
Watauga High School
City, State: 
Boone, NC
Major: 
Interdisciplinary Studies, Spanish


Hi. Hello. I’m Grace. Or Gracie. You pick.

I’m a native of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region, and my favorite places in the world are tucked deep inside valleys, high on ridgetops, and along creek sides under poplars, birches, and pines. I grew up splashing through rivers and running up, down, and across mountains, and not much has changed since then.

I’m a collector of scribbled notes and books and a lover of flour, nutmeg and cardamom, yeast, and maple syrup. I can’t think of anything more thrilling and challenging and grounding as kneading bread and rolling out pastry dough.

After I graduated from high school, I lived in La Paz, Bolivia for eight months, working in a hospital and for a healthcare organization collecting data for a study on health and nutrition of children in a rural and impoverished area. I learned to speak Spanish. I learned to live by myself and for myself. I learned to find and cherish many families.

I am so honored to be a part of the Wilson Scholar Program and to join a group of people who are chasing down their dreams and reveling in their passions. To learn and grow alongside thinkers and doers who inspire and challenge is a gift I value highly.