Brianna Wofford, daughter of Tamara Wofford and the late Clarence Jack Owens, graduated with honors from Roy Chapman Andrews Academy (RCAA) on Thursday.
She was the only graduate of the school.
That didn’t dampen the moment for Brianna, who said her graduation ceremony at the Rotary River Center was especially meaningful. The RCAA Student Council had decorated, put together a slide show of Brianna’s life and even set her up with a tiara.
“I’ve never had a ceremony so beautiful dedicated just to me. A graduation like that is something I’ll remember forever,” Brianna said.
Brianna, a National Honor Society recipient, will be attending Carthage College in the fall for her pre-med studies. Her dream is to become a pediatrician with a Ph.D. in cancer research. Brianna has received numerous achievements during her academic career including Student of the Month, Academic Excellence and the School District of Beloit Minority Scholar to name a few.
Brianna who was taken a myriad of AP classes will graduate high school with 21 college credits and a CNA certificate. She has a full-ride scholarship to Carthage College and plans to work as a CNA to help support herself and gain experience in the medical field.
Brianna said her experience with RCAA was nothing short of wonderful. She joined RCAA which offers project-based learning back in sixth grade. She said the program helped her find creativity within herself, guided her steps to getting into college and helped her really get to know the teachers and other students.
“It’s very personalized and one on one. They know your birthday. It’s very comforting,” she said. “If something is wrong I can find someone to talk to.”
During her time at RCAA Brianna said she participated in a program for African American young women through the University of Wisconsin at Madison extension which taught her about the correct method of conducting research and interviews as well as how to apply for college.
Brianna also thanked her mom, who she said has been her number one support system. She said her mom always made sure she did her homework and kept her involved in different activities.
Brianna said she was in the Help Yourself program through Beloit College which also helped her to succeed along with support from RCAA former principal Mark Dax who she said became a part of her family.