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!”

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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.

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