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Teachers and a ardour for sports activities motivated Glades Central Excessive Faculty valedictorian Patriana Vickers to remain targeted and attain her objectives.
She mentioned time administration was key in turning into profitable, however it wasn’t straightforward.
Vickers mentioned essentially the most difficult facet of her highschool profession was sustaining good grades in her Superior Worldwide Certificates of Training (AICE) courses whereas being concerned with various sports activities.
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“They provided his tutoring earlier than observe, so I made positive I went to tutoring after which went to observe,” she mentioned.
The 17-year-old lives in Pahokee and has a 3.eight GPA and a 4.eight HPA. Vickers can also be a stellar athlete at Glades Central Excessive. Her sports activities embody observe and subject, cross nation, basketball, tennis and flag soccer.
“My best achievement was turning into feminine athlete of the 12 months for Glades Central as a result of there are loads of issues that come into play once they select who that particular person is,” Vickers mentioned.
Her courses final 12 months included AP human geography and AICE U,S. historical past, AICE literature and AICE math.
Vickers’s present course load consists of economics, AICE English language AS Degree, civil engineering and structure.
She volunteers along with her church outreach ministry and the Tri-Metropolis Police Athletic League (PAL), which incorporates Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay. The group focuses on providers corresponding to meals drives, neighborhood cleanups and studying to college students in numerous faculties.
Vickers plans to attend the College of Florida in Gainesville within the fall.
Vickers mentioned she’s going to main in criminology and want to be a police sergeant in the future. She can also be planning to enlist within the U.S. Marines after school and can take part within the ROTC whereas attending UF.
“I knew that I at all times wished to be in uniform serving to my folks (by way of) regulation enforcement as a result of many individuals have a unfavorable perspective (regulation enforcement officers) like ’they’re simply right here to antagonize us,’” she mentioned. “So I determine in the event that they see me come again and be a frontrunner and assist out as a police sergeant, then that may change their perspective.”
Vickers mentioned teachers has at all times been essential to her however she by no means deliberate on being the highest pupil within the class of 2020. She mentioned the purpose was to be within the high 10 %. Vickers labored exhausting in the direction of that purpose and have become valedictorian.
“I made positive I did not put sports activities or the rest earlier than my teachers,” she mentioned. “If I knew I had observe, I would be certain that I did did my work within the morning or I’d put aside time … in order quickly as I received house, I knew I needed to get straight to homework.”
Vickers mentioned her mom, Charlisa Anderson, is a baby growth specialist and he or she realized her work ethic from her.
“She has a schedule and he or she additionally has to deal with her youngsters (at work),” Vickers mentioned. “She takes care of us and he or she additionally takes care of the general public.”
A self-described “overachiever,” Vickers mentioned she at all times needs to do one thing greater and better it doesn’t matter what she has completed.
“I am by no means glad with my accomplishments,” she mentioned. “I at all times really feel like there’s one thing I might do extra. Even when I get the best award there may be, I am occupied with my subsequent plan or my subsequent purpose.”