Stats: 17, Senior at Rowe Clark Math and Science Academy in Chicago, IL
- Milky Way Award
- Principal’s Award
- Merit Award
- Angel Quinceanera Dance Co.
- Dance team
“Just because it’s a delay does not mean it’s a denial.”
How it began:
Bianca Acosta is more than just a pretty face. At Rowe Clark Math and Science Academy, she’s been honored for her character, academic, and artistic abilities. She’s the recipient of the Principal's Award, Milky Way Award, Merit Award, and Dance Award. She has been dancing for several years, is a member of Rowe Clark’s dance team, and also a part of the Angel Quinceanera Dance Co. outside of school.
Despite the challenges that arise from growing up in a single parent home, Bianca has been known to let the good outweigh the bad. “When times are at their lowest and hardest at home, she still manages to find the better in all things,” says her mom Lisa
At home, Bianca was influenced by her grandmother's unfading smile that stuck around "no matter how tired she was," says Bianca.
After high school, Bianca plans to own her own business and help those in need. She wants others to remember her striving towards her dreams and the dedication and willingness it took to get her there.
Bianca shows a special appreciation for the two most influential women present in her life: her mom and grandmother. “My mom is a single parent of two and no matter what the outcome is she always finds away for my brother and me to have the best of everything. She never lets us down,” says Bianca. She also admires her grandmother for her work ethic and "always having a smile on her face."
Lisa Hernandez notes her daughter Bianca’s ability to “find the good in things.” She says, “Even when things don't seem to be going as planned, she never gives up; and even if there is a delay in the outcome, her positive way of thinking makes the wait worthwhile.”
As a mother, Lisa makes sure she teaches her children to never give up and that together “we will both make their dreams a reality.”
Parent to Parent:
Lisa’s mom inspired her to dream big when she was growing up. “She believed in me and I believe in my daughter,” says Lisa. The best advice she remembers hearing from her mom was “to get up when I am feeling down.”
Lisa took a moment to pour into other parents. Here’s what she had to say:
Believe in your child. No matter what they want to be or how small you may think their dream is always be there and push them on.