Stone County High School student shares her strategy for success

Stone County High School student shares her strategy for success

STONE COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) – She is a do-it-all type of person despite losing her mother to pancreatic cancer when she was 9 years old.

Priya Collins has had an excellent academic career so far.

Collins was named as the Prom Queen, Homecoming Queen, and Miss Stone High. She also plays on the softball and soccer teams and performs on the color guard.

All this while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

“I just like making my family and community proud, especially my aunt. She does everything for me, so I love to make her proud.” Collins said.

She says staying organized is key to her success. “I just like to think about what I’m going to do the next day. ” she said. “If it’s too much, I just write it down on my calendar, and that’s how I stay up.”

Lamont Collins, Priya’s dad, said he’s proud of all that his daughter has accomplished.

“When she won homecoming — when they called her name, I teared up.” he said.

Her pastor commended her humble attitude. “If there was a word to describe what Priya is, it would be selfless, not selfish. And you can see that by how she has received all of these awards.” He said.

“I just like self-discipline, and be like ‘I need to do this right now before it gets too late.’” she added.

Priya plans to go to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to study respiratory therapy.

She graduates Friday night.

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