Baylee's dad, with Baylee, her mom and stepdad. Photography by Kathleen Clipper Photography
This past Junior Class President has sung at Carnegie Hall, was recognized by Congressman Jo Bonner for her community service efforts, and actively participating in the swimming team for 12 years, all while developing her own photography business.
17, Senior at Faith Academy, Mobile, Alabama
Chambers Singers of Faith
Swim club participant for 12 years
2013-2014 Azalea Trail Court
Owner of Purely Poetic Photography
Recognized by Congressman Jo Bonner for community service
“We have not only tried to teach Baylee to reach her potential, but have learned from her as well.” Kevin Jackson, Baylee’s father
At Faith Academy, Baylee is a member the National Beta Club, Pep Club, Oakleigh Belle Leadership Program, Senior choir and Robotics team. She served as her Junior Class President and was hand-picked out of 90 to participate in the Chambers Singers of Faith, where she had the privilege of singing in Carnegie Hall in New York City. She also participated as a Docent for the Historic Homes Tour in Mobile, Ala., and was chosen out of 500 girls to be a part of the 2013-2014 Azalea Trail Court. She also has done volunteer work with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the USA Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
When Baylee’s not busy serving her student body and community, she puts her efforts in growing her business: Purely Poetic Photography. Growing up, she followed her uncle (a professional photographer) around a lot and eventually her own passion for taking pictures blossomed. Her Dad, Mom and Stepdad helped her establish her photography business.
“Running my own business has inspired me to participate in bigger things,” said Baylee. After graduation, she plans to continue to be a business owner and also major in Marine Biology. Baylee would like to pursue a career that allows her to be close to the water, since swimming has been her favorite activity for years.
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Although Baylee’s parents are divorced, she is most proud of their integrity and unity. “Trials and tribulations are things which, unfortunately, no family can avoid. My family has endured the toughest of situations and still manages to stand side by side.
Baylee’s parents Erica and Kevin couldn’t be more proud of their daughter. “Baylee is a born leader. She is fearless when it comes to her cause,” said Erica. “Baylee will stand before her entire school to educate them on the homelessness, a growing issue in our city, or meet with a friend in need at the drop of the hat. This passion and leadership is something that comes from within.”
“Pray for your child and believe in them. Listen to them and encourage them. There is a mighty plan that has been laid out for them and as parents, we have to guide them to find their way,” said Erica.