Cassie the Kid

Cassie poses with her sister.

Photograph courtesy of Cassie

 

Cassie has her long blonde hair pulled back in a pony-tail and the turquoise trimmed glasses help to frame her bright eyes as she sits relaxed next to the interviewer. The Quitman High School senior answers the questions as if she was them years ago. She thoughtfully explains,

“My sister raised me because my mother wasn’t around. She’s definitely my mother figure. She is my biggest supporter. Between her and my siblings, she’s my biggest. Honestly, I don’t know where I’d be without her.”

With the help of her sister, her dad, her grandmother, and her stepdad, Cassie is now not only a QHS senior, but also a volunteer fire cadet, a Panther Archer, a National Technical Honor Society, Panther Art Club, and Broadcasting Club member, and she plans to graduate in May of 2020 with 9 dual-enrollment college credit hours.

Cassie has made some good choices, as well.

 

Cassie poses for a selfie.

Photograph courtesy of Cassie

About school, Cassie admits,

“I’ve always liked school. It feels great to be a senior. It’s like just yesterday I started school. I remember what my kindergarten teacher looked like. I went to Lumberton Elementary. Every day you face different challenges and you meet new people and make new friends. I was born in Laurel and lived in Mississippi till I was 6 years old. Then I stayed in Texas till I was 14 or 15. Then I moved back. Mississippi is my home. This is where my roots are at. A lot of my family is here.”

 

Cassie sits at her home place.

Photograph courtesy of Cassie

For Cassie, family and Mississippi means growing up hunting with her daddy.

“I’ve been doing archery (at QHS) for the past three years. The coaches are great. I’ve been hunting since I was 6 or 7 years old. My father would take me, and my first hunt was a deer hunt, but I’ve hunted dove, deer, turkey, and hog. This year I get my hunting license for the first time, and I get to hunt by myself for the first time. I’m going to try bow hunting. I love the peace and quiet and just being one with nature.”

 

Cassie holds her niece.

Photograph courtesy of Cassie

One could make the case that being “one with nature” is how Cassie decided on life after high school. She says,

“I’m going to college. I’ve been accepted into MCC, Jones, and Southern Miss. I plan on applying to more so I will have more options. I either want to be a NICU nurse, or a neonatal nurse. I didn’t start wanting to be a nurse till my 7th niece was born on August 10th. I love babies. I just can’t handle when they get older. They are heathens.”

For the babies, Cassie has some advice.

“Stay a kid as long as you can cause you’re going to miss your childhood.”