Where Are They Now? Destinee Got In!

Do you remember that first HUGE accomplishment you had after graduating high school? Destinee always will.

“When I got the email I had to reread it. I didn’t know. I mean, I prepared myself, but I had already made up in my mind that it was going to say, ‘Thank you for applying, but…,” she pauses; laughs. “I just couldn’t believe I got in.”

Of course, everyone else could believe that Destinee got into MCC’s associate degree nursing program: Her mom, her sister, Mrs. McCormick, Mrs. Owen, Mrs. Rivers, Mrs. Mayo, Mrs. Tucker, Mrs. King, Mr. Miller, etcetera, etcetera. When Destinee was traveling to California for HOSA nationals and performing with The Big Blue Crew and winning award after award for being amazing, we all knew.

We all saw what this young lady could do.

Destinee’s 2016 Senior Portrait, courtesy of Jamard Wright

Mrs. Rivers laughs, “I remember Mrs. Owen saying that when they went out to nationals in California and would get a break to do something relaxing and entertaining and exploring a place they had never been, Destinee would always ask, ‘Do you mind if I go back to the room to study?'”

Rivers pauses. Then smiles, “Isn’t that amazing?”

Everyone at Quitman School District loves it when amazing works.

For Destinee, being amazing meant having a plan early, making sure the courses she chose matched what she wanted to do, being involved in school, taking her ACT, applying for scholarships, volunteering, competing, and finding enough time to seemingly conquer everything.

During her first year at MCC, Destinee earned a 3.34 GPA while taking Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Microbiology, English Comp I, English Comp II, and Human Growth and Development, and she scored high enough on her HESI exam to be chosen out of 285 students who applied for the college’s 90 spots in it’s associate degree nursing program. Now Destinee is enjoying her summer of working retail, getting fitted for the program’s scrubs and coat, purchasing $943 worth of online books, and beaming with excitement about her immediate future.

Like the beaming we saw during the 2015 Panther Homecoming.

When asked if she has any advice for our current QHS students, Destinee replies, “Take college courses while you’re in high school. Don’t procrastinate on anything. And don’t take 8am classes once you get to college.”