At Westminster Catawba Christian School, there are jocks and brains and nerds and socialites, just like at every high school.
This school is a little different than most though - it now boasts a published poet who is barely old enough to drive.
And it took a Bible teacher and a cop to turn Hailey Chesnutt's innermost thoughts - which also helped her deal with her mother's death last year - into something other people might want to read and be inspired by.
Hailey - a 16-year-old who calls herself "a self-proclaimed nerd" and expects to be a professor of English history in Europe someday - will sign the first copies of her book "Beautifully Invisible," Thursday afternoon at the Winthrop University Bookstore. All this from poems that, when first done, were on scratch paper and thrown away.
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"A published poet? Unbelievable," said Hailey. "I'm only in the 10th grade."
Hailey's poems started coming out in middle school and were first seen by the Rev. Steve Kirby, her Bible teacher at Westminster.
Hailey didn't share her most private words with her friends or anybody else at first. Especially since some of the poetry was about the angst and turmoil, the dreams and drama, that teenaged girls go through.
"She was like most kids, she just dropped them off on my desk and asked me to look them over, and - bam - it hit me," said Kirby. "These were not normal middle school poems.
"They grabbed you. I even used a couple in my sermons at Rawlinson Road Baptist Church."
Kirby took the poems that continued to pour out into Hailey's high school years to other teachers and to professors at Winthrop, who agreed that this was not normal middle school - much less high school - poetry.
David Biggers, a lieutenant with the Rock Hill Police Department and leader of the youth group at Hailey's church, also looked at the poetry and found something far more profound than what most kids throw at a youth group leader.
David and Abby Chesnutt, Hailey's parents, encouraged her private poetry.
"She just throws it out there, the rawness of it," said her father. "Hailey doesn't hold back."
Then, last year, Hailey's mother died. Hailey was distraught as teenaged girls certainly are when Mom is gone.
Yet at the funeral, one of Hailey's poems was read, and it stunned the throng of people who were listening when they found out it came from Hailey herself.
Titled "Hope," it reads:
"Hope brings a new day
Hope it's not my last day
And even if it's goodbye it would not be that sad
I've come a long way
From a broken hearted mess
To fulfilled by Your word
Laughter and sunsets put that feeling in your heart
I'm never going to let go of this feeling
Lord, you put it into my soul
I was lost, then You found me
Hiding underneath the covers of my sin
You lifted my heart out of dark and empty places
Now, I bathe in sunlight of Your Glory
Before I was empty, now I am proud to say I'm full"
"People just couldn't believe someone so young had written it," said Biggers, the policeman/youth group leader who along with so many helped Hailey deal with her mother's death.
Hailey had promised her mother that she would pursue her poetry, and with the help of Biggers and Kirby, the poems went from those scraps of paper, then typed on an old-fashioned electric typewriter, to a book featuring about 70 of Hailey's best poems.
"I told my mom I would do this, and I have," Hailey said.
Maybe the greatest thing about the book is the back jacket.
"Hailey Chesnutt is not an award-winning, best-selling Pulitzer Prize winning poet," the jacket blares. "She is simply a 16-year-old high school student from Rock Hill..."
Even published, Hailey is humble.
"I never considered myself a poet, I just wrote down all these things about how I was feeling and what was happening," she said. "It just kind of flowed out."
And make no mistake about it - Hailey is no nerd. She's a coffee-drinking 16-year-old who knows where she wants to go and is writing her way there.
Want to go?
What: Hailey Chesnutt will be signing her book of poetry, "Beautifully Invisible"
When: 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday
Where: Winthrop University Bookstore in the DiGiorgio Campus Center
If you miss her: Hailey has another signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 at Overhead Station, 212 E. Main St., Rock Hill.
How much: The book can be purchased for $14.99 at either location and at the Museum of York County gift shop