Mrs. Tucker’s Early Childhood Education II class has been waiting to play with the sand. It’s a great day to open the box. Photos for Chloe’s senior spotlight are being taken. This is an exciting week for the QHS senior. Her eyes water when she hears that she has earned a spot in the Top 36 of her senior class.
“I just can’t believe this is happening. I can’t wait to get home and tell my mom. We’ve been through so much with surgeries and everything because I had surgery last year. It was basically on my legs. They had to do some work on my legs because I was having problems walking and stuff. I was out of school from December till March. The teachers would send me my work. It was hard trying to do everything and deal with the pain. I honestly thought I wasn’t going to pass my junior year. That’s how stressful it was. That’s why it feels so great to be a senior this year.”
Chloe’s mom sends some highlights in an email.
“Everyone tells me that they don’t know how I do what I do. How I get up and come to school every morning. I’ve gained strength through cerebral palsy. Mine is moderate and mainly affects my legs. I was born three months early. I’ve always put my faith in God. I’ve always leaned on Him when times get tough. He made me like this for a reason. I had to accept that this is the way it is, and there is no changing it. I always go by Philippians 4:13. ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.’ I live by that verse.”
“As an inspiration.” She answers the question.
But Chloe doesn’t want to stop inspiring when she leaves Quitman High School. She plans on choosing inspiration as a career.
“I like working with children and helping them grow academically. We’ve learned in class that teachers always have an impact on students no matter how old they are. I want to work with preschool kids. My little sister is three years old. I fell in love with watching her grow up. I’m already a part of her life, but I wanted to have an impact on her life. I want her to know that I’ll always be there for her, to always follow her dreams, and do what her heart tells her. Finish high School. Go to college.”
Chloe will be commuting to Meridian Community College next year, but before she goes she is available for advice.
The FCCLA member, who will graduate high school with at least six college credit hours, says,
“Never give up and continue with school. Even though it’s hard, you need it to have a good life. Be successful. Follow your dreams. Follow what makes you happy.”