My name is Shelbie Dalton. I am currently attending Byhalia High School as a junior. I serve as the junior class president and an FFA chapter officer. I see myself as being different from others around me. I always have a positive outlook on things and I value education. I’m a determined person who will do whatever it takes to succeed. I strive to set a good example for my younger brother, younger sister, and my peers. I’m from the small town of Byhalia where everybody knows everybody and success is scarce.
From being in such a small community, I have learned how to focus. Most people think that there is nothing to do in a small town, but for me, that is not the case. I try to keep myself occupied constantly in order to stay focused. I often participate in a variety of community service acts. The National Beta Society, Future Farmers of America (FFA), and Archery are the three clubs that I am associated with. School is my number one priority right next to FFA. These clubs have taught me speaking and leadership skills. Archery is not just a sport that I play for fun. I like to relate it with my goals. By this I mean that each day, I practice, so that I can hit the bull’s eye.
Through this program, I can get a direction on my career. After I graduate high school, I plan to attend college, complete pre-med courses, and apply for medical school. I have not decided on a particular major though, so this experience will give me more information and answer the questions I have about college. Many opportunities like this one don’t come around very often, and I am blessed to have been chosen. I believe that this once in a lifetime opportunity will provide me with a social advantage that is vital to college life. College is a major transformation, and this experience will give me a taste of what it’s like.
In conclusion, I know that this opportunity will better me and my future. I am going to show my small town that it does not matter where you come from, success can happen to anyone who is determined and hardworking.