To say Legacy High School senior Breonna Clark is a dedicated student would be an understatement.
When Clark, from Northglenn, began attending public school in eighth grade, she began taking advanced classes, enrolled in Front Range Community College as a sophomore and since her junior year, she’s also been taking classes at the Bollman Technical Education Center, a school that provides technology programs and academic classes to high school students in the Adams 12 Five Star School District.
Over the years she’s also been busy volunteering in her community as a cheerleading coach and was a peer counselor at Silver Hills Middle School and at Legacy.
Her commitment to her education and community was not unnoticed. Clarke was recently nominated by counselors at Bollman Technical Education Center for the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship, which recognizes high school seniors for their leadership, community involvement and academic achievement.
She was selected for a $1,000 scholarship and was named one of the 10 finalists competing for one of two $5,000 scholarships.
“I was excited and surprised when I was chosen for the scholarship,” Clark said. “I wasn’t selected for one for the $5,000 scholarship, but I will still be recognized at a banquet coming up.”
Clark is studying graphic design at Bollman and Front Range. She said she fell in love with graphic design after taking a class at Bollman. Now she plans on making a career in the technique.
“I love the ability to do my own stuff and be free and creative with graphic design,” she said. “I’m able to take things in a totally different way than another person would. I enjoy what I’m doing, and I would rather do something I enjoy than something I hate for the rest of my life.”
Clark plans on attending Full Sail University in Florida after graduation. Because of her early college prep, she’ll enter the graphic design program with around 21 credits. This puts her in a position to graduate within two years, when a typical student would need three.
“I love double page spreads, and l love pamphlets, so I want to work of a magazine company or something similar, electronic-wise,” she said.
Education has always been a priority in Clark’s life. Because of her years a home school student, Clark said the transition to a public school was tough and she missed out on a social life early on in public school. But now her experience in a public school has transformed her into a leader.
“Two years ago if you would have asked me if I was a leader I would have said no,” she said. “But what I think helped me become a leader was being thrown into a reality I wasn’t used to and having the opportunity to help other students.”