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Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Tekia Farmer.

Tekia is a high school senior who is exceptional both in and out of the classroom, but she had to overcome a few struggles to get there. As an underclassman at Walnut Ridge, she struggled with grades and had 10 behavior incidences. Now, Tekia has barely had any run-ins with the disciplinary system at school and has started the year with well above a 3.0 GPA. She is on track to receive her diploma in June 2018. Aside from her academic and behavioral improvements, she is very active in her community and has accumulated over 300 hours of community service.

Tekia welcomed a daughter in March 2018 and only missed five school days this year, despite doctors’ appointments and nausea that comes with being pregnant. Tekia’s goals are to enroll into Columbus State in the fall and become a social worker for juveniles. Tekia Farmer’s future looks bright and her daughter has a strong female role model to look up to.