Stonewall Jackson students ready for more opportunities

Carmen Becerra

QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson High School seniors are ready to take on the world after graduation.

One of them, Carmen Becerra, 17, of Mount Jackson will graduate after compiling a stellar record in academics, extra-curricular activities and community service.

She said she was born in Mexico and moved to the United States when she was 5 years old.  She said her parents are very proud and happy of her accomplishments and that she will be continuing her education at the college level, the first in her family to do so.

“In Mexico, I wouldn’t have the opportunities that I have here,” she said.

Carmen has attended Massanutten Regional Governor’s School for the past two years and has taken Advanced Placement and dual-enrollment courses at the school.

Attending the governor’s school has been one of her most memorable high school experiences, she said, because she wasn’t sure if she would make it into the very competitive program.

“When I actually did get accepted it made me realize that all the hard work that I was doing paid off,” she added.

Carmen is also an officer of the World Languages Club, secretary of the National Honors Society and played soccer.  In addition to her academic achievements, she has also spent much of her time volunteering at Life Care Center in its adopt-a-grandparent program, a food pantry, and concession stands.

For anyone else juggling a lot of activities, she said time management is essential, which has been a struggle for her.

“If you really learn to manage your time you can get a lot of things done,” she said.

Her college plans include attending James Madison University and becoming a member of the honors college there. She said she is entering school with an undecided major, but would like to have a career where she can help people, such as in the medical or social work fields.

“I know I want something that allows me to help people so I can come back and give back to the community,” she added.

Stonewall Jackson Graduation anticipates graduating 117 students at theOne  10 a.m. June 10 commencement ceremony.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com