Teen Spotlights

Teen Spotlight: Sydney Brashears

stats: 18, Junior at Saint James School

notable: Sewanee Book Award Recipient, Yale University National Student Leadership Conference Attendee, University of Alabama Capstone Leadership Academy Attendee

quotable: “My motto is It is what it is. It’s just a reminder that sometimes things just are the way they are, and the most effective way to deal with problems isn’t by wallowing in self-pity, but by acknowledging what you actually can do.”

her story: Sydney is very active in student life at Saint James School. She is president of the Student Government Association, as well as president of the French Club and Student YMCA Club. She shares, “One of my favorite extracurricular activities is the Peer Leader Program. As a Peer Leader, I get to help mentor the Freshman Class and prepare them to have successful high school careers.” Sydney is a co-editor on Saint James’ yearbook staff and aspires to become editor next year. Outside of school, she regularly volunteers her time and services to local causes, such as the Montgomery Humane Shelter and the YMCA. When asked how she wants to be remembered, Sydney responded, “I think I’d like to be remembered as someone who always gave 110% in all aspects of her life, whether it be friendships, school, or extracurriculars. I strive to be observant of other people’s feelings and accepting of their opinions, and try to rectify the times I fall short.”

what’s next: Sydney explains, “I think I want to become a cancer researcher. I’m really passionate about biology and helping others, and that job would allow me to do both.”

PG (parental guidance) rating: “I’m very proud of my family’s kind-hearted nature. They always strive to make others happy, and they don’t hesitate to help when they see someone in need.”

parents’ perspective: “Sydney has a zest for life that you can see in her eyes and her smile,” Kimberly and Brett share. “If Sydney is passionate about something, she dedicates all of her energy to its success.”

parent-to-parent: “Love unconditionally. Guide them to the right choice, and be there for them when they make the wrong one. Listen without judgment. We were teenagers once, too.”

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