LaGrange Senior awarded Bill Gates Scholarship - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

LaGrange Senior awarded Bill Gates Scholarship

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A senior at LaGrange High School in Lake Charles has recently been selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar.

Sierra Jackson of Lake Charles applied for the Bill Gates scholarship in a pool of more than 20,500 applicants.

The scholarship is awarded to 1,000 minority students every year as it recognizes their strong leadership, community service, and academic achievements.

Jackson first applied for the scholarship earlier this school year, then discovered she was a finalist in March.

"When I became a finalist in the Gates Millennium Scholarship, I prayed about it," said Jackson.

Then just weeks later Jackson, a letter came in the mail confirming that she had made it as a Gates Scholar.

"When I opened it, I didn't even finish reading the whole thing," said Jackson. "I just read 'Congratulations' and then I started calling everybody."

But Jackson's road to high school success was not an easy one, however. 

In 2005, Jackson's family was uprooted from their New Orleans home after Hurricane Katrina.

Jackson's family moved to Lake Charles where she then started attending LaGrange High School.

"I think the experience I had hear at LaGrange was somewhat chaotic," said Jackson.

But aside from the chaos of moving away from home, Jackson's true colors finally came out as she  eventually became involved in volunteer work, served as president of Future Business Leaders of America, and became a member of the National Honors Society.

Though Jackson has the opportunity to attend any college in the country, she is choosing to stay close to home.

"I'm going to LSU for an undergraduate degree in chemistry," said Jackson.

Dr. Andy Buckley, a history teacher at LaGrange High, recommended Jackson to apply for the scholarship. 

"Ms. Jackson is one of the greatest students I have ever taught," said Dr. Buckley. "I think that what Sierra has achieved should be a motivation to all of our students at LaGrange."

Through her scholarship, Jackson is hoping to encourage her classmates to pursue their dreams as well.

"If you want it, then claim it and it's yours," said Jackson.

Jackson will leave for LSU next week to start her summer courses.

Although she's starting college at LSU, she has not completely ruled out going to a larger college or university for her doctorate.

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Beautiful day today with rain arriving later this week!

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Beautiful day today with rain arriving later this week!

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 4:44 AM EDT2017-03-28 08:44:37 GMT
    Skies clear this afternoonSkies clear this afternoon

    Today will be a warm and humid day with highs topping out in the low 80s. We will start today off with mostly cloudy skies, but the clouds will clear and we will have sunny skies by the afternoon. It should be a beautiful day to get outside! The next storm system will approach our area late Wednesday and should move through early Thursday.  Ahead of this it will be warm and humid with lows in the upper 60s and highs in the low 80s.  

    More >>

    Today will be a warm and humid day with highs topping out in the low 80s. We will start today off with mostly cloudy skies, but the clouds will clear and we will have sunny skies by the afternoon. It should be a beautiful day to get outside! The next storm system will approach our area late Wednesday and should move through early Thursday.  Ahead of this it will be warm and humid with lows in the upper 60s and highs in the low 80s.  

    More >>
  • North Lake Charles Board wants to talk with mayoral candidates

    North Lake Charles Board wants to talk with mayoral candidates

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:07 AM EDT2017-03-28 04:07:42 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    There's lots of talk these days about developing North Lake Charles. 

    More >>

    There's lots of talk these days about developing North Lake Charles. 

    More >>
  • Magnolia LNG at Port of Lake Charles closer to being a reality

    Magnolia LNG at Port of Lake Charles closer to being a reality

    Monday, March 27 2017 11:57 PM EDT2017-03-28 03:57:32 GMT
    (Source: Magnolia LNG)(Source: Magnolia LNG)

    A liquified natural gas export terminal to be built at the Port of Lake Charles is a step closer to reality. At Monday's port meeting, the board of directors approved the signing of  a 30-year ground lease with Magnolia LNG. Board members said it's a positive sign that Magnolia LNG is willing to take the next step - from lease option to actual lease. Construction on the Magnolia facility is expected to begin later this year, bringing 100 construction jobs and 70 permanent jobs ...

    More >>

    A liquified natural gas export terminal to be built at the Port of Lake Charles is a step closer to reality. At Monday's port meeting, the board of directors approved the signing of  a 30-year ground lease with Magnolia LNG. Board members said it's a positive sign that Magnolia LNG is willing to take the next step - from lease option to actual lease. Construction on the Magnolia facility is expected to begin later this year, bringing 100 construction jobs and 70 permanent jobs ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly