11th Grade, GA
I am in a dual enrollment program at Middle Georgia College. Basically this means I stay on campus at the institution and take college classes that also count for high school. While keeping a healthy social life, and spending time with my son, I have managed to stay on the Dean's List and in the Top Ten. I took 40 credit hours in my first year and retained a GPA of 3.7. I was third in my class all through high school and I received the highest GPA in Algebra III, World History, and Biology. I am also taking a college level Spanish sequence to enhance my speaking and conjugation abilities. I have taken up to Spanish III in high school, and jumped right into Spanish II in college.
I have been musically active since the 3rd or 4th grade when I joined the Ukulele and Recorder clubs. Since that time my interest in music has only increased. I now play Alto, Tenor, or Baritone saxophone, mellophone, piano and I dabble in guitar. While attending Carver Middle School I was very active in the concert and jazz bands. Due to my dedication and skill I played a saxophone solo in every concert I was involved with. When I became a Hornet in Cook County, Georgia, I jumped right into the marching band and received a saxophone solo my freshman year. I was also in my church's praise band and recently played piano with them again at a youth rally for hundreds of teens. I was invited to the Troy SEUS honor band weekend 3 years in a row.
I have overcome a great obstacle. I had my son, Collin, on May 7th, 2009. I was kicked out of my home and still had to attend school. My family was, and remains, in deep financial need. I have gotten a job at the local Waffle House in an attempt to lighten the load on my family. With school, work and band I do not get to see Collin as much as I desire. At times it gets extremely difficult for me to continue in school when I think about all the moments I missed in his life, but I tell myself missing these few moments now will help me provide a BETTER future for him later. Everyday I miss him more and more, but I just think about the bright future I am here to give him and it eases my heart.