About the Students


After graduation from Bertie County High School, Stevie became the first member of his family to go to college. He is currently studying animal behavior at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, and made the Dean’s List his freshman year. He still comes home from college every weekend to tend to his farm. “If it weren’t for Matt and Emily, I never would have gone to college.” After graduation, Stevie plans to move to Florida to become a professional wrestler. He also plans to continue working on his farm.


Erick is studying Information and Computer Technologies at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. After taking a year off from sports, he plans to tryout for the football team next year. Erick is also a volunteer fireman and plans to become a full-time firefighter when he graduates from college. “I think about Studio H a lot,” he said recently. “It’s the best class I ever took. We were like a family, getting things done together.”


Jamesha would like to become an OB-GYN doctor when she gets older. She is currently taking classes at a local junior college.


Cameron currently works full-time for Domino’s Pizza. He is also taking classes to become a full-time firefighter. “I need to find a job I love, and I know that firefighting is going to be a great fit for me.”


Rody works for Avoca Farms in Merry Hill, NC. He also stays busy with his dogs and his truck.


Kerron graduated second in his class from Bertie County High School. He is currently a sophomore at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, where he is on scholarship and studying engineering. He plans to become a designer and builder after college.


Anthony works for a logging company in North Carolina. He drives a truck and pulls fallen timber out of the forest. He also stays busy hunting and fishing, and doing volunteer work with his church.


Colin was the valedictorian of his senior class, narrowly beating out Kerron for the honor. He’s currently at North Carolina State University studying Environmental Technologies Management with a minor in Environmental Technologies. “Emily and Matt inspired me to sacrifice luxury in life for purpose. Before I took their class, I really wanted to make a lot of money and buy stuff. Today, finding purpose in what I do is much more important to me and my studies.”


CJ joined the marines after graduation. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and golfing. He aspires to become the kind of soldier that his father is.


One of the quieter students in Studio H, Alexia hopes to become a fashion designer someday and make custom-made clothes. Near the end of the Farmers Market build, she sewed a pair of shorts for Matt's friend “Wando” that said “Wando Rocks” on them.