By Janeal Downs
One thing that Kedejha Pryor has been interested in ever since she was a little girl is cheering. Not only does she enjoy the sport, but she noticed that since going to high school and joining John Marshall’s cheer squad, being a cheerleader has kept her out of a lot of trouble. “A lot of people looked at me as a leader because I was captain a lot of times and I’m captain now,” Kedejha said about her experience. “So it was something that I felt like I needed to do to keep my head focused.” From being a captain and serving in a leadership position, Kedejha has learned how important it is to hear other people’s point of view and how any learning experience can be beneficial for the team.
Kedejha loves cheering so much that she hopes to continue after high school by cheering in college. Her top choice is Virginia State University. Originally, she had a big interest in pursuing a career in nursing. “I hate seeing people down and out, basically sad and hurt, so that’s what influences me to become a RN in the future,” Kedejha wrote in an essay. She would be interested in working with all age groups, but she particularly respects elders. She first experienced caring for others when she helped care for her grandmother. Whether it was helping her eat, get out of bed or go to the restroom, Kedejha was one of the people there to help her grandmother. “I played a big role in that before she passed away,” she said. Though she originally wanted to pursue nursing, if she attends VSU, Kedejha will pursue another degree related to the health field. She is also considering pursuing pharmacy. Other schools she has applied to and is considering include Old Dominion University, Hampton University and Radford University.
Outside of preparing for college and cheering, Kedejha plays softball and has been considering volleyball for her last year of high school. She also works part-time; an experience she said taught her how important it is to put your responsibilities first. In regards to volunteer work, she has gone with her cheer squad to a local recreation center where they have helped the children put together fun and concise cheers. She has also volunteered to work the concession stands at college basketball games.
One of Kedejha’s biggest inspirations in life is her mother. Watching her mother be a hard working woman and the single parent to six children is one of the reasons why she’s an inspiration. As the oldest, Kedejha knows how much her mother is looking forward to her graduating high school, going to college and pursuing her dreams.
With the support of her mother, Kedejha is looking forward to pursuing a career in the health field. “I love to see people smile, I love to be the one who puts a smile on everyone’s face,” she stated. “Or even be the reason they visit the doctor for a checkup or to get shots without hesitation.” Whether she goes into nursing, pharmacy or another direction in the health field, Kedejha said her number one goal is to work hard and be something in life.