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Jessica Lamour

Jessica Lamour

Entering School for Advanced Studies (SAS) as the fourth Lamour (4th in my family  to attend), I was cognizant of the rigor, pressure, and challenge to come. I readily accepted this challenge knowing that in the end, graduating with my Associates in Arts degree, it would all be worth it. I thought I was ready for it all. However, to my surprise, what I was not ready for was the unassailable passion, diversity, and opportunity that SAS immediately exposed me to.  Milton Berle once stated that “if opportunity doesn't knock, build a door”; in attending SAS the students, teachers, counselors, secretaries, and the administration were all vital building blocks to my door of success.

Here excellence is not only spoken about but also carried out as it is radiated throughout our student body. At SAS I was surrounded by teachers, who would with pleasure write me a recommendation letter upon my discovery of a scholarship -even if I asked hours before it was due! These are our teachers; teachers who genuinely want you to succeed so much so that your urgency would ultimately transform into their emergency.  They became more than just our AP teachers; they were our friends, mentors, and cheerleaders. As a White Tiger I was surrounded by other White Tigers who although they came from diverse backgrounds, ultimately shared the same coat as me. This coat of brilliance, perseverance, and distinction made us a family; a family who never sought to be better than one another but rather greater together.

In attending SAS rare opportunities transformed into realistic opportunities. Before coming to this school, I would have never imagined that I would perform live on WLRN at the Miami-Dade School Board meeting, become a Mayor’s Shining Scholar, or even a Silver Knight nominee! But hey that is what happens at SAS, your greatest self is destined for augmentation.

Thank you SAS, I couldn’t have imagined my last two years of high school being as eventful and unforgettable anywhere else but here.

Jessica Lamour
SAS North Campus, Class of 2017
Emory University, Class of 2021

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