Pinellas MYcroSchool for Integrated Academics & Technologies announced its top graduates last week, too late for the Tampa Bay Times annual sections on Pinellas County's valedictorians and salutatorians. But here they are now, weighing in on their high school years and what they plan for their next step.
MYcroSchool is a St. Petersburg charter school serving students who need to get back on track to graduation. "Rather than viewing students at-risk of failure, MYcroSchools consider students at-promise of success," the school's website says. "Graduates emerge prepared for careers, the military, and/or more education."
As with other graduates from around the county, we asked the MYcroSchool students to tell us more about themselves — their plans for college, the people who influenced them outside school, the teachers they wanted to thank and how high school changed them. We also asked them to describe themselves in three words and tell us about the best thing they learned in high school.
Martin V. Humphery II, 19
PARENT: Renee Williams
COLLEGE: St. Petersburg College
INFLUENCED BY: My best friend, Caitlan, because she always encouraged me to not give up on my education.
SHOUT-OUT: To Ms. Faye, because she would not let me forget what I needed to get done in order to graduate.
HOW I CHANGED: My attitude improved. I became more humble and responsible since freshman year.
THREE WORDS: Goofy, mature, positive
BEST THING I LEARNED: How to block out distractions and stay focused on my goals and the steps needed to achieve them.
Tatyana Raquel Conway, 19
PARENTS: Kimberley and Dana Webb
COLLEGE: St. Petersburg College or the University of South Florida
INFLUENCED BY: My mom because she pushed me to strive for success.
SHOUT-OUT: Ms. Cook and Ms. Faye for never giving up on me and pushing me until I finished.
HOW I CHANGED: I am more sensible and responsible.
THREE WORDS: Determined, strong, outgoing
BEST THING I LEARNED: I learned to not stray away from my goals.