• Great Grads: Destiny Allen, Friendly High School

    Behavioral issues, family problems and trying to fit in meant a rocky start to high school for Friendly High School senior Destiny Allen. It wasn’t until her grades hit rock bottom during tenth grade that she realized she had to make a change.

    Today, Destiny is preparing to graduate as a 4.0 student, president of her school’s newspaper and volunteer with Friendly High’s CRI program for special education students. She will continue her education at Clark Atlanta University on a band scholarship to study education. Her goal: to work as a special education teacher, specializing in autism and Down syndrome, and to ultimately open up a post-secondary special needs school of her own.

    “I have the heart for it. Special needs students don’t get enough love. They are overlooked, but they still deserve access to education.”

    “My counselor Ms. Caparotta has been so supportive. As a first generation college student, I had no idea where to start or what to do. She’s always thinking of me and has helped me one-on-one with everything. I would not be attending Clark in the fall without her,” Destiny said.

    “I have seen Destiny grow in a tremendous way. When that light bulb went off, she became conscientious and hardworking. She is on top of all deadlines and application requirements. I am amazed by her and how much effort she put into this. She is one of the few students who take the charge and initiative and put in the hard work – and I think that shows her maturity,” Cristin Caparotta, Professional School Counselor at Friendly High.