several part-time jobs, and he was the oldest of three children. There I was sitting across from this 15-year-old kid, with no parents present, listening to him confess to all of his past transgressions, begging for a chance to do better, serve as a role model for his younger siblings, and wanting to be in a position as an adult to help support his family. By this point, it was the end of his freshman year and he assured me he had been working on improving his grades and had not been in any kind of trouble since his last interview with our admission’s committee. I told him to get me a copy of his report card and discipline report at the end of the year and we would talk again. He did – his grades came up slightly and he had some tardies on his discipline record, but no major offenses. I brought this information back to the admission’s committee, and the answer was still “no.” I met with him a few weeks later to share the news and we had a repeat of the first meeting: tears and begging. Finally, I told him that if he made it through his entire sophomore year, where he was enrolled, with all A’s and B’s and no infractions on his discipline report – not even a tardy – I would take it back to the admission’s committee for review, feeling confident that he would be admitted. Well, he did it,
and he was admitted the following fall as a junior. For the next two years, he was a model student during the day and working two part-time jobs in the evening and on weekends to pay for his tuition. He graduated and received a full scholarship to a prestigious university. He is the kind of kid you never forget. His determination, self-discipline, drive and perseverance are things to be admired. WGW: Can you tell us something about yourself that would surprise our readers? Something most people wouldn't know about you? PY: This is a tough one. I am pretty much an open book. Having grown up in Carrollton with two parents who have pretty much taught just about everyone in town – I am not sure there is anything unknown. WGW: Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself with our readers? PY: Just how excited I am to be home and at Oak Mountain Academy. I look forward to reconnecting with old friends and serving in the community that shaped me into the person I am today. WGW
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