I believe students deserve a say in their education. That's why I joined Stand for Children in 10th grade and started going to school board meetings, writing local government leaders, and organizing other students in the community to get involved, too.
Last month, I graduated salutatorian from my high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and this fall, I'll be attending Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama on a full presidential academic scholarship. My plan is to study political science and criminal justice, go to law school, then become a district attorney. My goal is to bring justice to people who are deprived of it.
I see what happens when students and families are excluded from the conversation. I know I have that voice that can go across the whole world, and I am going to keep standing up, speaking up and making a difference for children and families.
I'm grateful for the leadership and advocacy experience I gained with Stand, and I'm glad to know students who come after me can benefit from the same opportunities — with your support.