School: Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
Alexia was raised by her grandparents since infancy, Richard and Sandra Ford, after her father had passed. Her early childhood education was at Trey Whitfield School where she also graduated 8th grade and then attended and graduated from Eagle Hill School in Massachusetts. Although Alexia’s early life was marked by tragedy, the opportunities that were presented moved her toward a life of excellence and achievements. At Eagle Hill, proof of Alexia’s excellence in academics is her seven consecutive semesters on the honor roll. Alexia is a certified lifeguard tutor. she played volleyball and was voted Captain of the basketball team. She was also a peer tutor and peer mentor, started the school’s writing club and hosted two spoken word events. Alexia also participated in Leadership training programs and ultimately became a summer intern of the program.
Alexia will be attending Mount Holyoke College this fall, majoring in dance and psychology. It is her hope to work with adolescents who struggle with self-expression and to help them find their way to make their own mark in this world. Alexia believes that opportunity doesn’t always knock twice, but when it does one has to jump on it. But for all the opportunities she was given, she knows it was because someone believed in her and that she can make a positive a difference. Alexia is grateful for all the support that she received in life – and will not disappoint anyone who believes in her.