Twins Aimee & Abigail Robinson were born premature. It took them longer to reach milestones in their development, like rolling over, sitting up, standing and walking. Some wondered if they'd be delayed academically.
“Look at us now," said Aimee Robinson. "Graduating with honors, taking AP classes. We overcame it.” The twins attended Howard High School in Bibb County. "I'm proud of myself. It took a lot of hard work," said Abigail. They're both headed to Georgia Southwestern in Valdosta to study nursing.
Jimelia Middlebrooks remembers her first day of kindergarten well. "I cried a lot. I didn't want to leave my parents," she said. As she discussed her grade-school journey, she wept. "I struggled with high school. I struggled with math," she said through tears.
Jimelia Middlebrooks made it through that struggle graduating from Jones County High School. “It makes me feel proud of myself to make it from kindergarten to where I’m at now.” Jimelia is planning to attend Gordon College in Barnesville to study nursing.
TaLyndria Mosley was all smiles in this picture, but she remembers crying on her first day of kindergarten. " I didn't want to leave my mama," she recalled. Her teacher, Miss Davis at Morgan Elementary, came out to the car to get her. "She was like, ‘it’s going to be OK.’"
Since her very first day of kindergarten, TaLyndria Mosley didn't miss a single day of school through her graduation from Westside High School. She's now off to Darton College in Albany where she will study nursing.
JaQuae Gibson remembers being nervous on his first day of kindergarten. He was living in Germany at the time. "I was also excited," he said. "I was nervous about making friends, meeting teachers."
JaQuae Gibson completed his grade school journey at Westside High School. He's planning on attending Central Georgia Technical College and then Fort Valley State University to major in business. He wants to own a restaurant and be a chef.
Keyshanna Coleman remembers her first day of kindergarten like any other regular day. Along her journey, she's had many good teachers, but none as memorable as Mr. Womack at Westside High. "He was a good English teacher. We had fun in his class, but we learned. ... we use to watch the Boondocks and relate it to literature."
Keyshanna Coleman finished her grade-school journey at Westside High School and is now headed to Clark Atlanta University to study psychology.
Kyree Harris has fond memories of his first day of kindergarten. "I remember being excited to start school and finally start my journey to where I am now."
Where Kyree Harris is now is graduating from Central Fellowship Christian Academy. He's off to Valdosta State University where he plans to study athletic therapy.
Warren Cain's most vivid memory of his first day of school was his orange shirt. "I really liked that shirt," he recalled. "It had skaters on it." It helped him through the tears. "I always cried on the first day of school."
Warren completed this leg of his journey graduating from Rutland High School. He's now off to Ferrum College in Virginia where he plans to study computer science.
Hayley Viles doesn't recall her first day of kindergarten, but she said she'll never forget her 9th through 12th grade Bible teacher, Miss Booker. “She helped me grow my relationship with Christ and led me through the walk."
Hayley has completed her journey through Westfield Christian Academy and said she's planning to attend college, "and figure out what I want to do next."