Notable: Started elementary school on an IEP. Graduated from Max Hayes as valedictorian.
High school resume:
Took college courses while in high school
All-star in tennis
Plans for the future: Will attend Ohio State University. Hopes to practice medicine as a cardiologist.
Challenges faced: Juggling college and high school courses in her senior year. Says the struggle made her feel unworthy to be called a valedictorian.
Who deserves the most credit for her success? Her parents and siblings for supporting her even when the going got tough. And school counselor Cynthia Dalveren, who was her “No. 1 supporter” and “cared for me like a mother.”
Quote: “My parents always said the only way to get out of a world full of stereotypes is to go to college. My brother and sister couldn’t go to college. I decided to represent my whole family.”