Not long into taking photographs of Carlondria does one realize that she is just as kind as she looks. The QHS senior is calm and soft spoken as she explains,
“This is great. I went to College Night. I visited Mississippi State (MSU), Southern Miss (USM), and Jones (JCJC). I remember when I got that email from Mississippi State, and how excited I was when I read that I was accepted.
My mom is freaking out. She just doesn’t want me going that far, but I’m really happy.
I want to go into physical therapy, and they have kinesiology. I want to learn about the body and get into sports medicine.”
The future MSU Bulldog plans to walk on the Starkville campus in August of 2019 with 12 college credit hours from William Carey University through classes at Quitman High School. She also hopes to play soccer there in at least some intramural games. She has been playing Panther Soccer since she was in 9th grade. About her last year of competing as a Panther player, the center back explains,
“We have a lot of new players this year. Right now we’re practicing every Tuesday and Thursday, but once it starts we’ll be practicing every day. We are focused on improvement. Soccer has helped me be a leader. If someone makes a mistake on the field, I can tell them how to improve and what to do. I like meeting new people, and it gets me in shape.”
With a focus on improvement, four college classes, Personal Finance, Government, Economics, Physical Science, Theater I, and Physical Education filling her days, Carlondria is hoping that her three younger siblings will enjoy school as much as she is enjoying it.
She advises them to, “Join clubs. Meet new people. Study, pay attention in class, and take notes.”
When asked how she wants to be remembered at Quitman High School, the Mississippi Scholar replies,
“By meeting new people and making them laugh.”