Brissa moved to Cherokee Home for Children when she was four years old when her dad took the Spiritual Life Minister position. Because her family has always lived on campus, she has spent the majority of her life surrounded by kids of all ages, races, life experiences, and tough journeys. She was named valedictorian of her class, president of National Honor society, president of her class, and has been invited to the San Saba Rotary Club banquet every year of high school. Brissa will have completed 21 college hours by the time she graduates. Other activities she has participated in are basketball, track and field, cross country, cheerleading, tennis, as well as academic UIL. Last school year, Brissa qualified for State in both Academic Feature Writing and the 4 x 100-meter relay. She works part time as a custodian on campus and, during the summer, she is campus lifeguard.
Brissa will attend Angelo State University and pursue a degree in Studio Art, with a focus on Graphic Design and minor in Education. She hopes to become an art teacher. She would also be fine with owning her own design business. Brissa feels that her degree allows for flexibility, so that she is not locked in on any particular career. She plans on working part time during college and will live in the dorms on campus and have a meal plan.
Brissa is excited about the opportunities she will have for youth groups and meeting more like-minded people. She feels that Johnson Street Church of Christ and the Rams for Christ seem like good opportunities to fellowship with other young Christians.
See Brissa's graduation WISH LIST by going HERE.
Erick came to Cherokee Home as a 6th grader in September 2015. He has always treated his education as a priority: maintaining A and B averages, being inducted into the National Honor Society and San Saba Rotary Club, taking dual credit classes his junior and senior years through Angelo State University---all while being involved in athletics, UIL academics, and working part-time off campus. He has embraced each opportunity that the Home has afforded him. He is spending his senior year in the CHC Transitional Living program, working and preparing for living independently. He is goal oriented and driven, ready for whatever comes his way.
Erick will be attending Angelo State University in the fall and studying Business. He aspires to own his own real estate business and always be his own boss. He is hoping to work part time on the weekends and find a work-study opportunity on the ASU campus during the week. He will live in dorms and be on one of the meal programs. He will receive financial aid but will be considered an independent student.
In San Angelo, he will most likely connect with the Johnson Street church of Christ near the ASU campus, which offers college-age fellowship and an opportunity to plug into the congregation. He will be about two hours from Cherokee and will be able to come back to the Home for school breaks and holidays.
See Erick's graduation WISH LIST by going HERE.
Rae’Lyn came to Cherokee Home as a 10th grader in October, 2019. Rae’Lyn has maintained A averages and was inducted into the National Honor Society and San Saba Rotary Club, all while being involved in athletics, UIL academics, and working part-time off campus. She has embraced life at Cherokee Home, building relationships and taking advantage of opportunities placed before her. She works hard for what she wants. Her senior year spent in the CHC Transitional Living program, working, saving money for a car, and preparing for independent living, has made her ready for the next step.
Rae’Lyn will be attending Texas Southern University in the fall and studying Psychology. She is hoping to become a massage therapist or doula and have her own practice. She is planning to work part time on the weekends, and to find a work-study opportunity on the TSU campus during the week. She will live in dorms and be on one of the meal programs. She will receive financial aid, but will be considered an independent student.
In Houston, she will most likely connect with one of the churches of Christ near the TSU campus. She will need the connection of a church family. She will be about four-and-a-half hours from Cherokee and will be able to come back to the Home for school breaks and holidays.