Long-Term Planning with Heavin

Heavin poses in a dress she made for prom.

Photograph courtesy of Heavin

Only two months earlier the above dress had been a drawing in Heavin’s notebook, but in April of 2018 the Quitman High School junior wore it to her prom. She explains,

“I started a Facebook page called Uniquely Rosetta named after my grandmother. It’s for my clothing line when I start it. She was my main and most supportive business supporter ever. She would call me at least once a day to tell me she was proud of me and how everything was going in Rockford, Illinois. She was just seeing if I was still doing my clothes and getting good grades. I’m doing what I do now for her, my mother, and father.”

Heavin shares the drawing she created for her prom dress.

Photograph courtesy of Heavin

What Heavin is doing now is being celebrated as Clarke County Career and Technology’s Student of the Year. Culinary Arts I & II teacher, Mrs. Samantha Tucker, describes the second year student in an email.

Heavin is an amazing student and person. She gives 100% in the classroom and in her extracurricular activities, like FCCLA. Heavin has an infectious personality. She spreads cheer through the Career Center on a daily basis with her smile. She has a been a wonderful student and part of our Career Center.   

 

Heavin participates in culinary arts.

Photograph courtesy of Heavin

Heavin smiles when she explains, “We got first place in salad preparation at state. We got second place in food innovations. We qualified to compete in California, but I can’t because I’m going to San Antonio.”

The QHS track star, Alfa Insurance Scholar Athlete of the Month, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and National Technical Honor Society member, as well as the Battalion Commander of the QHS JROTC leaves on June 18th to begin her career in the United States Air Force.

“I wanted to go to school and be a fashion designer, and I got accepted into Southern, UWA, State, William Carey, Jones, and Mississippi College, but I swore into the Air Force on January 3rd. I will be trained as a security force. I’ll be stationed in San Antonio for at least six months because I’ll be completing tech school while I’m there, too.”

Heavin has already completed 4 years of JROTC and 9 dual enrollment college credits while at QHS, and she’ll add 12 more college credits this summer in Air Force Tech School.

 

Heavin poses with her battalion.

The QHS honor student and recipient of a 1/2 tuition scholarship at Jones College, the JROTC Cadet of the Year award, the JROTC IV award, the Daughters of the Revolution award, the white Career Tech cord for scoring advanced both years on her CPAS exams, and the Air Force Community College Recognition Scholarship, smiles even wider when she talks about her future.

“My godbrother and cousin are both in the Army National Guard. They pushed me to go somewhere where it would be better for me, my personality, and the things I want to do. It’s a bougie lifestyle where you can travel the world with money, health benefits, and retirement. I hope to get stationed in London. I’ve applied to MSU for the fashion part of their business program. I’ll retire from the military when I’m 38 (years old). I’m hoping to get my own business then.”

 

Heavin poses with the district track trophy.

Photograph courtesy of Heavin

What advice does this thriving, young lady have for those wanting to do the same?

She says,

“Never try to fit in because it can slow you down. Give it your all.”