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M’racle B., 18 – Funded

Summit Christian Academy senior M’racle B. dreams of becoming a TV or radio personality — and also eventually being involved in some kind of community outreach organization. This Girl on the Rise also happens to be a dancer, so when she attends college, she’d love to minor in Dance while majoring in Broadcast Journalism or Public Relations.

What is something you are most proud of?

I am most proud of helping the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization raise more than $1.5 million for their Annual Auction Event which is one of their biggest events of the year. With being the Voice of Potential for the agency, I have been given many amazing opportunities, but this event was the highlight. I was the emcee and starred in a music video which was shown to people all over the world.

Have you gone through any tough or challenging times? If yes, how did you deal with those challenges?

I have been a dancer for 16 years, classically trained in ballet. I do competitive dancing, along with many other styles of dance. A couple of years ago, I found out I had torn ligaments in both of my ankles which meant I had to stop dancing and go to physical therapy. Finding out that I had to take a break from my passion — something that brings me happiness — was really difficult. But I remained driven and consistent to grow stronger and get back to dancing. Of course, it was a hard and long journey, but once I began to take it seriously and prioritize physical therapy, I was back to dancing in no time. With my persistence, I came out a way stronger dancer than before.

What does it mean to you to be selected as a Girl on the Rise?

I am incredibly blessed and thankful to be selected. This opportunity means the world to me and makes me very excited for my future. Being selected for this amazing program means that I am beginning to plan for my future and that I’m taking the right steps to do so.

What inspired you to want to be involved with Girls on the Rise?

I would say the readiness and excitement I have for my future is what inspired me. Girls on the Rise is such a great wonderful program and really assists girls in taking the first couple of steps toward such a big journey in their life. Reading more about the organization and seeing how many young ladies have benefited tremendously also inspired me and gave me motivation.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals? In other words: Why is the opportunity to visit your prospective colleges important to your journey?

I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to visit my dream universities. Observing student life and getting a glimpse of what to look forward to and expect offers hope and excitement for my future ahead.

What schools will you use the funding to visit, and why?

Howard University, Spelman College, and Florida A&M!