Scholar of the Week
La’Vonya Wilkerson of John Marshall High School
By Janeal Downs
Not only does she want to use her gift but she wants to broaden her knowledge of music by being the second person in her household to attend college. La’Vonya’s top choice of college is Old Dominion University in Norfolk. She also has an interest in James Madison University in Harrisonburg, because she has an aunt who also studied arts at JMU. La’Vonya hopes to gain a bachelor’s degree in Performance Arts. A possible career choice she is interested in would be to become a music producer. She said going to college will give her the skills she needs. “Hearing different types of music makes me excited because I’m so passionate about it,” La’Vonya said. “It’s so much I can do with music like tell a story, dance to it, change emotions, and use it as an affect in a movie.”
La’Vonya said her favorite activities include volunteering at church and the Richmond Raceway. She also has participated in community service at Ginter Park where she fed the homeless, Maymount Easter Celebration, and the 10K Run. Some of her achievements include being awarded the Thomas Jefferson award, Honor Roll, and Scholar Roll. She has worked as a peer tutor and with Mayors Youth academy. She ran track, was in Future Business Leaders of America, and also in the National Honor Society.
As a hardworking and supportive woman, La’Vonya said her mother inspires her the most in life. “I see her working hard and doing things that just make me want to work harder and do more things,” La’Vonya said. From the stories she has heard from her mother, who previously received a bachelor’s degree, and her aunt who went to JMU, La’Vonya said she is excited to gain the college experiences and learn new things.