Shyteonnah (Shy) grew up in Los Angeles, California and moved to Las Vegas. She is graduating this month from Edward W Clark High School with a 4.35 GPA. Shy will be the first in her family to attend college and thereby setting an important example for her younger siblings. Science has always come naturally to Shy and that has shaped her desire to major in Biology with the goal of becoming a Pediatrician. She has attended primarily white schools and that experienced has shaped her. She has endured overt racism from students and teachers alike and although her confidence suffered, Shy said she had to “reprogram” herself. She moved “to the front of the class and became unbothered by the possibility of giving wrong answers and judgement” and only concerned herself with the importance of education. We admire Shy’s quiet strength and can’t wait to see what she will accomplish as she traverses the country to attend North Carolina A&T.