After facing crises that led to her homelessness, Dallas ISD senior Angelina Solis is set to finish in the top 15 percent of her class at Bryan Adams High School and will enroll in Texas A&M with scholarships in the fall, The Hub reported.
When Solis was 15 years old, she was thriving in the Leadership Academy and the marching band at Bryan Adams. An unexpected eviction forced her family out of Dallas and back to her hometown in Fort Wayne, Indiana. With only 20 minutes to pack her personal belongings, Solis arrived with her family in Fort Wayne. She soon heard the disappointing news from her new high school that she would have to repeat 10th grade.
Solis convinced her mom to let her move back to Texas. She found friends to stay with while she continued her education at Bryan Adams.
“I chose to come back by myself. I’m considered homeless because I don’t really live with my parents and just stay with friends,” she told The Hub. “That’s been a challenge because I’ve had to keep academics as my focus and not let my personal challenges get in the way.”
As part of Bryan Adams’ Leadership Academy, Solis participated in two portfolio defenses in which she had to speak about her leadership skills and academic accomplishments in front of a committee of educators and community leaders. Solis took classes in the biomedical pathway through the program.
“This is where I started high school and where I spent two years of my life with all these people that I know now,” she said. “I found a good program and a group of friends that I didn’t want to walk away from.”
Living at a friend’s house, Solis works at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Dallas. She will attend Texas A&M and pursue a Bachelor of Science in Health. Her mom, who is a surgical technologist, is her inspiration. Solis plans to become a nurse practitioner or veterinarian.
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