Stats: 17, Senior at Leeds High School in Leeds, AL
- Mentor, Girls on the Run
- Features Editor, Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists
- Student Ambassador, Leeds High School
- Student of the Month, Dual Enrollment English 101
- Gold and Silver Medalist, in state/national STAR competition
- Lead dancer, Green O’ Dear Dance/Kick Line
- President, First Priority Christian Club
- Vice President, Student Government Association
- Chamber Diplomat
- Alabama Girls State Delegate
Noting Gabrielle Douglas’ achievements as the only American gymnast to win multiple gold medals, Jimeria looks to her as an inspiration, stating that she “has shown me the true definition of perseverance,” says Jimeria.
How it began:
Last summer, Jimeria Williams was faced with the unique challenge of becoming the sole provider for her family following the stroke of her now disabled single parent mother. Since then she has used her faith to continue to excel in her involvements.
“Jimeria shoulders great responsibilities; however, it is paramount that you realize she meets these tasks while maintaining her academic honors status and extra-curricular involvement. With her 4.2 GPA, she will be a top honors graduate,” says Margaret Shannon, teacher at Leads High.
At Leeds High, Jimeria is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), Future Career and Community Leaders of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Cheerleading, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and more. Outside of school she’s a part of First Priority Christian Club, Jesus Deliverance Chapel Choir, Alabama Legislative Page, YouthServe Inc., Youth Philanthropy Council, and Youth Leadership Forum.
In addition to her extracurricular involvements, she was named Miss Leeder in a local pageant at her school, received the “America Needs CheerLEADERS” Leadership Award at the Destin, Florida Universal Cheer Association camp, and won three Superior Ribbons and Leadership Special Recognition at the University of Alabama Universal Dance Association camp among other recognitions.
She plans to continue her education at Spellman College in the fall, with a double-major in Economics and English and a minor in Chinese. “My career ambition is to become an International Economic Analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency Directorate,” says Jimeria.
Despite their circumstances, Jimeria counts her mom as the real hero. “She has instilled within me the true values of Christianity and persistence,” says Jimeria. “We are still standing as indestructible women of faith and security.”
Jimeria’s mother Rosa Lynn Franklin admires her daughter’s ability to stay true to herself “unwavering faith in God, compassion toward others, and perseverance.”
She says she encourages her daughter and has has always spent time with her. “I know her interests, likes/dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and her struggles. We work together through them all,” says Rosa Lynn.
Parent to Parent:
Rosa Lynn Franklin had parents that “were always involved in my education, from the time I was a toddler throughout my college years,” says Rosa Lynn. “My parents provided input regarding my education/career but they always left the ultimate decision up to me, especially as I grew older.”
Rosa Lynn was taught to pray about all things and have integrity. She says she was taught to go the extra mile and “not wallow when I fell, but to get up and try again.”
Here is her motherly advice to parents:
The advice that I would give other parents would be to listen and to be positive at all times. I would tell parents that they should always harness their child’s strengths in order to promote betterment. Parents should tell their child that it is okay to fail, but that it is never okay to stop trying. Lastly, I would tell parents that in order to disregard becoming a pushy parent, they should only make suggestions and allow their child to make ultimate decisions.