SALUTE TO GRADUATE TRIBUTES: Connecticut high school graduating senior Mikayla N. Wilson to further her education at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NJKV)
BLESSED LIKE THAT
Mikayla N. Wilson isn’t just blessed, mind you.
“I’m beyond blessed,” the Hartford, Connecticut-area graduating senior said in a Facebook post around noon EST on Sunday.
To grasp a thorough concept of why Wilson thought it necessary to install a spirited post to her social media timeline over the weekend, look no further than her latest memorable milestone, one that, much to her delight, was subsequently met by a slew of congratulatory shout outs and well-wishes.
The Connecticut River Academy senior announced she will be attending Johnson & Wales University this fall, a private institution that has a main campus in Providence, Rhode Island and is comprised of student enrollment of roughly 7,357. Established in 1914, Johnson & Wales currently has four branches.
According to Wilson, who boasts lofty aspirations of becoming a Clinical Psychologist, she will be attending JWU’s North Carolina campus that is based in Charlotte and was founded in 2004.
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“In honor of decision day, I am blessed to announce that I will be attending Johnson & Wales University in North Carolina majoring in Psychology,” Wilson said before her gallery of Facebook followers.
The entire family was happy with Wilson’s decision, most notably her mother, Tamara Mitchell-Davis, an accomplished Connecticut businesswoman whom, for years, has instilled in her daughter the importance of acquiring a quality education.
“I am so proud of her,” Mitchell-Davis said of Wilson has made throughout the years in kicking off Making Headline News’ Annual Salute To Graduate Tributes for 2022. “I know she will do well in whatever she puts her mind to. She adjusts well, takes initiative, is a leader, and the epitome of a goal getter. In addition to staying on top of her school work, she found the time to volunteer with community feeding events, prom dress giveaway events, and the walk and fight against juvenile diabetes and breast cancer.”
MOMMY’S ‘SOCIAL BUTTERFLY’
Interestingly enough, Wilson made good use of her time during this unprecedented global pandemic, which led to a nationwide shelter-in-place for a considerable part of 2020.
At just 15 years of age, Wilson deemed it essential to start Kay’s Sweet Treats, her rising business venture that offers an all-star list of delectable, sweet treats, most notably chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered pretzels, and cake pops.
“Due to being quarantined, I found myself bored each day after completing my homework assignments,” Wilson, during a May 2020 interview with Making Headline News, said, explaining the awe-inspiring developments that ultimately fueled her desire to start a business.”
Besides emerging as a young, resourceful entrepreneur in her own right, Wilson has become a fixture at Connecticut River Academy, a magnet high school for grades 9 through 12 that has been located at Goodwin University since 2005, a small, Hartford-based four-year college.
An honor student, Wilson has spent virtually her entire high tenure taking college-level courses, all the while assuming the role as captain for the (Bulkeley Bulldogs’) cheer squad. She chose Johnson & Wales University over Clark Atlanta University, the University of Hartford, American International College, Barry University, and Southern Connecticut State University, among others.
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Now that Wilson is just weeks away from earning her high school diploma, her mother, in all likelihood, will be reaching for the nearest Kleenex once she hears her daughter’s name over the loudspeakers.
“She knows I am her No. 1 cheerleader, so I am sure that as I watch her walk across the stage to get her high school diploma, the tears will be flowing,” Mitchell-Davis said. “This is a significant moment and realization that my baby girl is growing up and ready to spread her wings.”
“Thinking about her heading to college and being away from home will feel different and will take some getting used to,” Mitchell-Davis continued. She is the social butterfly of the family. I am looking forward to watching her blaze trails and smash glass ceilings because she is already driven, focused, and ready to see different, be different, learn different, and live differently. We love you Mikayla and know that God will take care of you.”
In Jesus Name.
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