Vicksburg High School
Vicksburg High School
Answering the call to lead.
Sha’Kyria Allen has always known she wants to devote her life to serving others. She began volunteering in middle school and has dedicated countless hours to numerous community organizations, always willing to do whatever is needed most. From spending time talking with nursing home residents, to passing out school supplies to disadvantaged students, to serving on the board of a local non-profit, Sha’Kyria believes that opportunities to work with people from all walks of life are essential to her personal development and growth. “First and foremost, it has taught me a lot about myself and my limits as a leader,” she says. She uses her experiences and the knowledge gained to push back on those limits and set new goals for herself both academically and athletically.
Given her passion for supporting others, it is no surprise that Sha’Kyria excels as a co-captain of her school’s cheer team. She is an All-American Cheerleader and has won first place at the state and national level. She is also a gifted track and field athlete and holds multiple school and district records as well as one state record in the sport. When she is not competing or serving her community, you can find Sha’Kyria studying for her many college-level courses and maintaining a remarkable 4.39 GPA that has earned her induction into multiple honor societies and secured her spot as salutatorian of her class.
While balancing the demands of school, sports, and service has admittedly left her drained at times, she is motivated to overcome these challenges by the keeping her ultimate dream in mind: to one day become a fetal surgeon. She knows that “there is much work for me to do, and one degree is only a piece of my incredible goal.” She also understands that she will continue to face obstacles and be tested along the way. Nevertheless “it is a goal I cannot pass up on,” she explains. Sha’Kyria’s relentless drive and steadfast commitment to achieving the future she envisions and ensuring a positive purpose for her life can be summed in her own inspirational words, “The sky is NOT the limit for me.” She will keep striving to reach higher and go farther to make a meaningful difference in her community today and tomorrow.
“The time I spend helping others has shaped me into a better person.”
~ Sha’Kyria Allen ~