Mid-January brings with it cool temperatures, college playoffs, and the new winter term. Curious as to how Savannah Howard, the 2017 CKWC scholarship recipient, had fared in the fall term, I met with her to find out. Responding to the question and flashing a big smile, “great” she said, and I knew we had made the right choice!
Choosing a career path at Santa Fe College to prepare her to become a paralegal secretary, Savannah has found her niche. A young woman who seeks out informed advice, she credits Santa Fe College advisors and Cedar Key School guidance efforts with helping to direct and define her course of study.
When asked about feeling prepared for the demands of higher education, her response was a resounding “yes”! Through Cedar Key School, Savannah had taken two Advanced Placement classes, one in language and one history, as well as a class in college prep skills—AVID. Thanks to the rigor or her AP instructors, she learned how to write an essay, analyze information, and form a specific thesis. Accomplishing these skills gave Savannah confidence in her writing ability, and a ‘bring it on’ attitude toward her SF American History class and the required papers and written exams. Something about that first college level “A” confirms a student’s confidence, a parent’s encouragement, and the reassurance that Cedar Key School prepares interested students for success in continued education.
In addition to balancing her time and course load well, Savannah can manage money. To augment the CKWC Scholarship grant, Savannah successfully applied for Bright Futures Scholarship funds. Thanks again to CKS Guidance counselors and others, she confidently seeks scholarships from many sources, not one intimidated by the complicated process and paperwork. Did I mention that she also has a job at 83 West Restaurant in Cedar Key? When asked if she had a message for the ladies of the CKWC, she replied, “Thank you so much, I am very grateful”.