Our Student Spotlight shines on Ms. Ntyzhala Francis, whose ambition and self motivation granted her acceptance into the 2017 summer program at Harvard University. Ms. Francis has been a student here at Grace Christian Academy since 5th grade and is currently one of our influential Juniors. Academically, Ntyzhala is a straight A student and is currently in our dual enrollment program attending classes at Chattahoochee Tech. Ms. Francis has been a dually enrolled student since her Sophomore year and is on target to graduate high school as a Sophomore in college.
Without a doubt, Ntyzhala is a model student academically, she also manages to find the time to play sports, all while balancing her scholastic workload with her rigorous practice and game schedules. She has played Volleyball & Basketball since her Freshman year. In addition to school work and sports, Ntyzhala has been an integral part in organizing a Girls Bible Study group that meets Thursday mornings at 7:20. During school breaks she works as a camp counselor for Camp GCA. As a camp counselor she is an amazing role model for all of the young girls that attend camp.
Ntyzhala was asked a few questions about her experience and her future goals and this is what she said:
Q: How did you find out about the program?
A: It's actually a funny story, I was in my room on the phone with my best friend and my mom came in the room all excited and asked me if I wanted to apply to a Harvard Summer Program. At the time I knew very little about the school, it was a few days before the deadline and spring break, and my mom was really excited about it so of course I said yes.
Q: What did you get out of the summer program?
A: Through the summer program I have learned a lot about what college life is like and a little bit about what the world has to offer. I have met people from all different places in the world, from different cultures and diversification, and religions. It was amazing to see how Harvard gave 1,000+ High school students the opportunity to get a similar experience to what it would be like to be a Harvard student. Through being in the program, I learned a lot about what to expect when I go to college, but for me the most important thing I learned was the importance of building a strong relationship with the Lord outside of bible class and weekly chapel.
Q: What are your goals for the future?
A: As of now, I am not exactly sure where the Lord is going to take my life after high school, but I do know that I plan to go to college to further my education. I definitely have a heart for serving and giving, so if I can find a career along those lines I’m sure everything will work out.
We wish Ntyzhala Frances the best in all of her future endeavors.