Mansfield ISD Magazine Summer 2016 | Page 14

Lake Ridge High School Senior Graduates at 15 Years Old D onyea Grayson is just like any other high school student. She stays active in school, keeps up with her grades, and likes to hang out with her friends. She’s excited to cross the stage this June on graduation day, but she won’t be able to drive herself to the event. In fact, she can’t drive anywhere at all by herself because she’s only 15 years old. “My friends forget that I’m this young,” said Grayson. “I started high school when I was 12, but I’m lucky that I had my older brother there with me so that he can sort of protect me.” As a child, Grayson skipped two grade levels. She’s used to being the youngest in her class and said that it pushed her to be a stronger person and work even harder. “It helped build my character because early on, it was hard for the kids to accept me since I was younger,” the 15-year-old recalled. “I pushed myself to prove to my Pre-K to Grade 12 Reading Writing Math teachers and classmates that I did belong in that class.” Grayson is involved in many organizations at Lake Ridge High School. She was on the Academic Decathlon team, cheerleading squad, and a member of the National Senior Donyea Grayson said she’s Honor Society. excited about the opportunities She’s heading off to the that lie ahead of her. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the fall with hopes of majoring in psychology and eventually going to law school. “I essentially gave up two years of childhood for two years of adulthood,” said Grayson, who expressed excitement for her future. “I would do it all again because it shaped me to be who I am today.” Grammar Study Skills Better grades start at GradePower Learning Homework SAT/ACT Prep School doesn’t always have to be a struggle. In fact, some kids love it—and not just because of friends or good grades. They love it because they’re willing to try, and because they feel confident in their ability to learn. All kids can love school. It just takes GradePower to show them how. So Why Wait Until The First Report Card? Better confidence. Better motivation. Better grades. Enroll Today! Mansfield 111 W. Debbie Ln. Ste. 103 Mansfield, Texas 76063 12 Mansfield School & Family Join in the conversation! 817.458.4822 [email protected]