Paris NelsonHaleyville High SchoolWinston CountyParis works 22 hours a week as a waitress and tutor, yet she maintains a 4.00 GPA. She participates in over 58 clubs, programs and events including Jr. Civitans, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, Spanish Club, Honor Society, Book Club, Scholars Bowl, and serves as a Volunteer Art Teacher for Special Education Students at Haleyville Elementary. She leads devotion at Haleyville Health and Rehab. She is a talented artist and shares her gift by painting murals at church and the faces of children at her community Fall Festival.Paris will be the first person in her family to graduate high school and the first to attend college. Paris grew up without her mother and her father struggled as a single parent, so Paris was required to contribute to the family’s support. Paris now resides with her 5th grade teacher and helps the family’s autistic son who has trouble expressing himself. She writes that since teaching him to draw, they have seen great progress as he uses this new outlet. Paris says that after her brother was killed in a tragic accident, she spent most of her life as an only child. The transition to having siblings has been wonderful.Paris has a dream to write and illustrate children’s books. She says that the average person works 48 years of their life. Her goal is to make those 48 years sustaining, yet enjoyable. “I want my love of life to be contagious to all I am around.”Paris will be pursuing a degree in Journalism and Marketing at the University of Montevallo.