Yvonna Walker, a sophomore at Mehlville High School in the Mehlville School District who receives services from SSD, has exceeded academic expectations and independently set a course for her future.
Yvonna is a member of the Friends Club, which gives students an opportunity to engage with students that have significant disabilities. “She shows patience, care and enthusiasm for others,” said Stephanie Ochoa, SSD teacher and Rosemary Zander nominator. “She assists the group in various crafts, cooking, and is a positive role model.”
According to Ochoa, Yvonna has overcome many challenges, but she doesn’t let that define her. “That has pushed her to be become a strong, self-determined young woman,” she said.
Yvonna independently completed her application and essay for the nursing program at South Technical High School as well as an application for the summer work employment program. “Her initiative demonstrates Yvonna’s willingness to be responsible for pursuing various interests and obtaining employment or more schooling after graduation,” said Ochoa.
“Yvonna’s warm heart and eagerness to succeed has become an inspiration for others students at Mehlville High School,” Ochoa added.