Reflections of a Ms. Paula Scholar

At the Consortium's annual Teacher Reception on April 26th, Crystina M., the 2011 Ms. Paula Scholar, spoke before an audience of teachers and administrators, parents and fellow students, Consortium board members and Members of Congress about what being a Ms. Paula Scholar has meant to her. 

2012 Ms. Paula Scholar, Crystina M.
2011 Ms. Paula Scholar, Crystina M.
I would like to start off by saying this has been such a great privilege being able to say that I am the Ms. Paula scholar. Not only has this award allowed me to keep attending Sacred Heart but it has also pushed me to do even better in school. Having this scholarship means so much to me and you will never know how grateful I am to have it.

I was close to leaving Sacred Heart because we couldn’t afford for three of my younger siblings and me to attend it, and then something great happened, I became the Ms. Paula scholar. Thank you so much for all the people in this room that made this possible including Mr. Speaker and Mr. Jackson without you all I wouldn’t have been able to keep attending Sacred Heart school. I would also like to thank some people that have always supported me like my parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, teachers, and my principal, Ms. Margetts.

Although I never met Ms. Paula I’ve heard from a lot of people that she was very smart and kind and had a genuine love for Mr. Speaker and her country. Also, she loved her faith. Ms. Paula believed in education and that kids deserve to stay in school to get a good education. I think that I have a lot in common with Ms. Paula because I’ve been working with Mr. Speaker the whole year and I have loved it. I, too, love my faith and school.

I will always remember the kindness Ms. Paula has shown me from heaven through the support of my friends here on Earth.   

I think that I have a lot in common with Ms. Paula because I’ve been working with Mr. Speaker the whole year and I have loved it. I, too, love my faith and school.

Crystina M., 2011 Ms. Paula Scholar