Triumphing over adversity earns CHS senior Youth of the Month Award

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 04:11 PM.

"It really kicked my butt, but oh yeah, I can do this," Jackie said.

Helping people

She’s been involved with FSU SSTRIDES, or Science Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity and Excellence, a medical and sciences outreach program, since eighth grade.

"Helping people — whether it is medical or just hearing someone out — it fills me up," Jackie said.

Jackie told Exchange Club members her good grades come from her own initiative.

"My mom's never been the one to keep after me with, 'Hey, you got your grades up?'" Jackie said. "I have always been the one to do it myself. I told myself, "I gotta do this.'"

Vying for a $500 Exchange Club college scholarship, Jackie and five other Crestview students similarly honored during the school year must write an essay to be judged by the Exchange Club, member Sharlene Cox said. Students will be judged not only by the essay, but by involvement in school activities, academics and sports.

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