Kaitlin RobinsonSylacauga High School Talladega CountyKaitlin wrote in her application that “When I was younger, I had an idealistic vision of my future, I felt I could be a princess and rule sovereign over my domain or kingdom. I felt I could be the next one to explore new galaxies and carve out a claim on another world”. The beginning of Kaitlin’s freshman year of high school, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery on Kaitlin’s first day of school. She witnessed the emotional and financial aspects of the devastating disease and the debilitating effects of cancer treatments.This experience has encouraged her to actively pursue research with a goal of discovering a cure or better treatment for malignant cancers, especially breast cancer.Kaitlin has used her four years of high school to plan and take measured steps to ensure that she achieves her goal. She has taken Anatomy, Physiology and Biology and studied the genetics that put her and her family at a predisposed risk of developing the same disease that affected her mother.Kaitlin reached beyond the academics to participate in extracurricular activities such as Library Club, FCCLA, Mu Alpha Theta, Math Club, French Club, Yearbook Staff, Interclub Council and the Art Club. She is active in her church youth group, Senior Red Circle, the Mt Zion Youth Dance Team and the Dance and Performing Arts. She was voted Most Artistic in her class and devotes numerous volunteer hours volunteering at the B.B. Comer Memorial Library and working with the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement.Kaitlin’s letters of recommendation emphasized her maturity and strength of character along with her gentle spirit.Kaitlin is a native of Sylacauga and maintains a great appreciation for the proud history of J. Craig Smith and Avondale Mills. Her great aunt, Louise Wilson, was a devoted employee and caregiver for Page T. Smith, our founder’s mother.It is with great honor that we now recognize the talents and hard work of Ms. Wilson’s great niece, Kaitlin, as she pursues a career in healthcare at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.