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FC: Class of 2011

1: I am Shontyeria Burks, and I'm a senior at Thomasville High School. I'm enjoying my senior year while also attending classes at Alabama Southern community college. My parents are Joe waters and Kishua Burks. I have four siblings. My two brothers are Joe Jr. and Jo'Quan, and my two sisters are Serenity and Sa'Mia. I currently reside in Thomasville, AL. This year has been very exciting for me. I played volleyball, for a short time, and I'm also a Majorette in the Tiger Mighty Marching Band. After graduating, I plan to attend college at the University of Alabama at Birmingham or Spring Hill College in Mobile. My major could be a majority of things including:engineering, nursing, biology, or even forensic science.Hopefully both my dreams will stay big and lead me to success. | Who Am I

2: Before I was... | Before I was there were many, many, many, but the most important were my parents. They put me here, by chance or no, and I'm her to stay. My mother's name is Kishua Burks. She resides in Hattiesburg, Ms. Her parents are Linda Jordan and Elmus Burks. She has two older sisters and one brother. My mother enjoys sewing and is currently attending school for forensic science. I don;t get to see my mother often but I enjoy visiting her. She is the mother of my two sisters. Though our relationship is somewhat long distance my mother has taught me a lot. My father is Joe Waters Sr. He has had me, along with my grandmother, since I was an infant. He is the son of Ollie and Arthur Cowan; I live with these two. His biological father is Charles Bosby. People say I act alot like my dad and maybe thats why I'm so stubborn. He is also the father of my two brothers. My father is a welder that is currently going to school to be an engineer. I love my daddy.

4: I grew up here... | I Grew up in Thomasville, AL on 734 PAul Dr. I played with the neighborhood kids, but I was never aloud the freedom I saw they had. My dad told me I should be happy that I had someone that cared enough to not let me do as others did and that I would thank him one day. I was very much restricted. My neighborhood was not the most respectable or safe, but it taught me lessons the nicest neighborhoods could not. My grandmother has always been my gardian and the person I had the closest attachment with.I am very glad she has raised me and made me the person I am today. My brother Joe came wen I was four years old and changed my life forever.

5: Hide and Seek | When I was a child I enjoyed many games. We played hide and seek, mother may I, freeze tag, and my favorite kick ball. These games were very entertaining. They began with people selecting teams and ended with fights, itching, and sun tans; in my case sun burn. I enjoyed being a kid. Hide and seek consisted of many people hiding and only one person chosen to seek. If you were caught by the seeker you were turned into the seeker at the beginning of the next game. You are safe if you reach the designatedbase before getting caught.

6: School Bells | My kindergarten teacher was Mrs. Donald. I was deathly afraid of her. On the 1st day of school, I Iooked at my desk and my name was spelled wrong. I said, "its looks like my name but that's not how its spelled." She replied that my name was extremely long and that me and one of my best friends, Gladiesha, would never get a job with names so difficult. During this time I was attending school in Coffeeville, Al, and I hated it. I was often sick and going home. My other best friend at the time was named Kayla. | I began to attend TES in the 1st grade. Mrs. Overstreet was my teacher,and I finally began to enjoy school because I was close to my grandmother.I was a fluent reader and I began to excel as a TES student. | My 2nd grade teacher was Mrs. Megginson. I don't remember much about her but I enjoyed her class because my best friend Whitney was there and I loved it. We told stories about us daring each other to jump from high places and her cousin riding the bike down the steps. We always had a blast.

7: Miss Shontyeria | My Third Grade teacher was Mrs. Lewis.I kind of began to understand separation this year. We were divided into AR classes and I was in the class with all the smart kids, which were mostly white. This is when I learned to adapt. I learned that the difference in color did not make a difference in intellect. In fourth grade I had a teacher named Mrs. Hill. I really enjoyed her class. For some reason we began to talk about each other's mothers this year. We thought it was hilarious, but she thought it was barbarous and told us to talk about her mother instead of each other's. We proceeded to do so.During these years I felt like a normal student separation was soon to come. Mrs. Thibodeaux, my fifth grade teacher had a great impact on me. Her class excited me and made me want to soak in as my knowledge as possible. Friendships were made and broken this year. We entered middle school where everyone was older than us, and everyone wanted to be like someone else. I fought to find my place in school and ended up with a few best friends: Whitney Young, Blair Waters, Kyera Rowe, and Shanice Pate. | More...

8: Middle School | In middle school everyone was "big." Eight-grades were the proclaimed seniors of the school, and we looked like munchskins. These were the most awkward years of my life. I went from chubby and short and short to taller and skinny, within two grades. The transformation was much needed. I began to be more independent, and I kept my grades up. One of my favorite middle school teacher was Mrs. Thibodeaux. You can tell I liked her because I, even now, know how to spell her name. In middle school, I admit, I was slightly bad, but always smart. These are usually the years people find out who they really are, but I found out who I didn't want to be. I did not want to be an idiot.

10: Sudenenly I became me... | I have always been an A Honor Roll student. From Elementary school making excellent to middle school top ten, I was an achiever. When I entered high school I believe I became me. I went through this time that I was disliked not only for my intelligence, but for my confidence. Their were many girls that I considered jealous because they did look or think as I did. I learned to appreciate those that accepted me, and I greatly accepted myself. The reality of it all is if you're doing well people will attempt to bring you down. They don't know but they are the ones that molded me into the beautiful, bold, and confident young lady I am today. I respect those that respect me and I fear no one but God. Thomasville High has made me inivative and motivated for success despite any obstacles.

12: My first boyfriend | My first boyfriend was James Jones. We weren't in love or anything we were just 6th grade best friends wanting to give ourselves a title. It was easy to have a boyfriend then. There were no argument, marriage proposals, or "making up." On our first Christmas, he bought me a pink watch that I never once showed to my daddy. Afterwards we broke up, but we remained best friends. This is what the old people call "puppy love." | me, james, dee, kyeria

13: Dear Jeremy | My True Love | My first true love was Jeremy Foreman. We we're together for three years, my freshman until my senior year. Though I felt like we we're totally meant to be, problems within our relationship forced me to end it. Though we aren't together I was seriously in love and shared some of my most precious moments with him. I wish it would have worked but, oh well, life will go on...

15: High School: Early Years | When I began high school I had lots of friends and even more enemies. I wasn't their enemy but they were mine. I was very confident and that was possibly very intimidating. My best friends included: Jasmine Brackett, Whitney Young, Markevia Sellers, and Crystal Calhoun. I met my first love the second semester of my freshman year. We spent an exceeding amount of time together and that kind of took me away from my friends. I was very active when I entered high school. I played volleyball and joined many clubs. Some of those clubs included FBLA, BETA, National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta and many more. Overall people started paying attention to my personality and not my grades or appearance.

16: I wish I could see Denise again... | I wish I could see my aunt again. When I was ten, she was shot by a stray bullet after celebrating a win at her college. I often wonder how life would be if she were here. Would I be the same young woman I am today? This was my first real experience of loss, but it was not my last. This event also made me believe in fate. If she were not in that exact place at that exact point in time she would be here with me. Enjoying life is now a priority, because I have seen exactly how short it can be. I sincerely wish I had the love and guidance of my aunt. Rest in Peace.

17: Lets Go To the Movies | One of my favorite movies when I was younger was Love & Basketball. It was the story of two neighbors growing up together and falling in love. Coincidentally their love for basketball broke them up and brought them back together . Another more recent movie my friends and I went to see was Madea's Big Happy Family. It's a dram/comedy created by Tyler Perry.

18: At last I'm a Senior | I finally made it. Despite everything that everyone has said and the obstacles put before me, I am almost done. This year was full of fun, love, heartbreak, and lessons learned. I would not change it for the world. I've gotten to know myself and what a strong young lady I have become to be. I must say this would have never been possible if it were not for my family especially my grandmother. In 2011 I lost my first love and my first car. I realize most things are not permanent and life is the most precious gift given by God besides Salvation. This year I will be graduating number six in my class which is a great accomplishment considering I have done the minimum of what I could have done. I really could have been valedictorian. For anyone that asked me if I could do anything different, I would tell them to try their best every time to avoid regrets and don't let the world distract you from your goals. I have enjoyed my senior year and makes me kind of sad that it's coming to and end. It fills me with hop of the near future. | ILY Class of 2011

20: My Favorite Senior Moment | My Favorite senior moments include: 2011 Prom, our 4A championship win, and taking our cap and gown pictures. The most memorable by far is the football game in Auburn. I was a THS majorette and got to be in the middle of all the chaos and celebration. Everybody doesn't get to say they cheered on the winning team.

21: Let's Take a Vacation | I have been on many vacations with my family, but one of the most memorable was with my mom and her husband. We enjoyed the warm waters of the beach and got lots of sand between our toes. We even saved some jelly fish by putting them back into the water. We played in the hotel pool and I got a gorgeous sun tan, though my hair smelled of salt water. My cousin Markevia also came with us on this trip. It seemed like a great family moment . It gave me and my mom some well needed quality time

22: In the future I believe I will make many decisions, but the most important decisions are the ones I will make in the immediate future. I will begin by attending college and hopefully Thomasville High has prepared me for these things. I know that friends will slowly be lost but my memories are eternal. I thank my teachers for attempting to push me and my parents for advising me. I mostly importantly I thank God for blessing me. Hopefully my life will be long and prosperous.To the rest of the senior class I hope for great success. I love you guys!!! | Times Up...

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