Scholar of the Week
Bre’Ana Coleman of Petersburg High School
By Janeal Downs
After her parents separated, salve Bre’Ana Coleman’s mother was forced to work two jobs to provide for her and her three siblings. Because of her mother’s drive for motivation and success, Bre’Ana said she is one of her strongest influences to achieve and succeed in life. With a 4.16 GPA, Bre’Ana considers herself a “go getter”. “Even though my financial stability is my biggest downfall, I will go to the extremes to overcome this bearing factor,” she stated in an essay.
Bre’Ana works her hardest by being a part of numerous extracurricular activities. “From the beginning until this very day of my high school experience, I have participated in the Petersburg High School Marching Band, “ Bre’Ana stated. “Being captain for the dance team has given me a great sense of leadership abilities and also a strong mind.” Bre’Ana is a member of the National Spanish Honor Society and the National Honor Society. She is also the reporter for DECA at her school. With DECA, she is able to participate in numerous community service opportunities, which she said is one of her favorite things to do. She has participated in the Walk for Hunger, Relay for Life, helps at her school store and has volunteered at the nursing home.
Bre’Ana’s other favorite activities include doing hair and babysitting her nieces. Taking care of her nieces, and her interest in science, has influenced her to want to become a pediatric nurse in the future. In college, she plans to major in biology. “Nurturing and taking care of children brings joy to my heart,” Bre’Ana stated. “Understanding how their personalities develop, and the way each child grows differently, brings the curiosities out.” This fall, she will attend Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla. She was attracted to the school for many reasons, including the fact that it is an HBCU and has a very good nursing program. One thing she learned from high school that she will take with her to college is “to never give up, even if the work gets hard, to try your hardest.”
With a goal of one day being a pediatric nurse, Bre’Ana said she will accomplish this goal by any means necessary. She said another big influence in her life is her sister. “She’s always been there for me, she has my back with everything,” Bre’Ana said. “If I need her there to motivate me when I’m down and out, she always lifts me up.”
Bre’Ana said her setbacks and downfalls have shaped her into the person she is today. “I understand the importance of life’s hardships and I like to thank God for all that he has done,” she said. “Without him, I believe I would not be the person that I am today.”