11 college acceptances and multiple scholarships For Springfield Renaissance senior student
Eleven college acceptances and several scholarships await the graduating senior at Springfield Renaissance. In SPRINGFIELD — Elizabeth Jordan Mickens, a student at Springfield Renaissance School, overcame the challenges of a worldwide pandemic and distance education to achieve academic achievement.
Mickens is interested in attending Smith, Bard, and Trinity among the many schools that accepted her, including Amherst, Smith, UMass Amherst, UMass Amherst, Rhode Island School of Design, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, Bard College, Marymount Manhattan College, Parsons School of Design, University of the Arts, and Mount Holyoke.
“I am thankful for grit, drive, and (the) determination to be excellent. …Straight A+ and 4.5 GPA helps too. I’m so excited. I am looking forward to being done with high school and moving on with my life.”
— Kathleen Hicks (@KathleenHicks) April 20, 2023
She is the recipient of several local scholarships, including those from New Year Better Us, Arrha Credit Union, MLK Memorial Scholars, and Parent Villages, in addition to acceptances from several prestigious universities.
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Mickens is a finalist for the Coca-Cola, Jackie Robinson, and Jack Kent Cooke awards and has won numerous regional and national honors for his academic achievements.
These include the Big Future from the College Board, AXA Equitable Excellence, Dell Computer Scholars, Hagan Foundation Scholars, Elks MVP Scholars, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Key.
Mickens is the fifth and youngest child of two Springfield teachers. She was inspired to become a coach and mentor herself after receiving guidance from others who had paved the way for her. Mickens was honored with Princeton University’s Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America award last year.
I am grateful for parents who are educators, older siblings to look up to, and my mom who helps me research, find them, and encourages me to apply. I never really thought I would be accepted into a program like that; I am so very excited and grateful for the experience. I think it is a good opportunity to learn from others, use this experience to meet new people and to learn how to deal with mentoring in a new way.
Mickens freely confesses that she struggled through high school, overcoming such challenges as the COVID-19 epidemic shutdowns and online education.
“I am excited but scared since I’ve never really been out of the state for over-the-summer-style camp. I am looking forward to being able to meet new people and enjoy an experience I have never had. … I want to be able to build connections with new people and I think I will be able to do so through this program,” she said.
While Mickens hasn’t decided which university to attend, she is confident that the guidance she receives at the LEDA summer program will help her move closer to her ultimate goal of being a more well-rounded artist.