Graduate of Achievement: Shayla D.

We are thrilled to recognize Shayla D., a senior at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School, as a Graduate of Achievement!

According to Ms. Joslyn Sandford, Shayla’s Graduate Support Director, she is “a perfect example for student-athletes. She maintains a 3.5 or higher g.p.a. and excels on the track. She has set the path for her younger sisters to follow and they definitely look up to her!”


Experience at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School: Cardinal Ritter is a fun school. It has a lively environment. Everyone has a friend there and you form close relationships with your teachers.

Fondest Memory of School: I like the funny moments I have with my friends. The goofy moments at basketball games, track meets and football games. I am going to miss it. I am looking forward to prom.

Favorite Subject: Science because it has gotten more interesting and hands-on in high school. We are getting ready to dissect something in my Genetics class.

What Access Means to Me: Ms. Joslyn (my Graduate Support Director) is always checking up on me and making sure I am on track. She helped me find tutors and prepare for the ACT. I am now part of the Work-Study program and it is teaching me responsibility and I have fun helping the younger kids. The tuition scholarship is also very helpful.

Aspirations: I would like to study biology or physical therapy. As an athlete, I am interested in the form and function of a body.

Role Model: Brittney, my big cousin. She went to school at Alabama A&M on a full-ride scholarship and graduated. She now has a good job as a nurse, is married, and living the good life. She has always been very focused on what she wants to do.