Our November 2017 student of the month at Alpha Omega Academy is Briana McLaughlin, a freshman from suburban Houston whose strong work ethic and desire to improve have helped her overcome adversity both in her young life and in the classroom.
“Briana sends me multiple help messages throughout the week and attends online office hours regularly to ask questions,” said Spanish teacher Monique Escobedo who nominated Briana for this month’s honor. “She really wants to understand and makes an effort that is more than evident to improve.”
My AOA Story
This is my first year at Alpha Omega Academy. My parents were looking for an online school this year, and the principal from my other school recommended AOA. When I started AOA, it was really a big change, but I have turned out to love it. There are great teachers, and it’s a great community. I love my AOA family!
My Favorite Subject
Just like any other subject, there is always something new to learn in biology, but the new things you learn in biology are so unique and different. For me, biology is one big puzzle you need to solve, and you need to do the lessons and quizzes to complete the puzzles. Also, Mrs. Oleson is the best biology teacher!
My Family Life
I was adopted by my foster care family after being in their family for two years, eleven months, and 6 days! I love to spend time with my family and play games with them. I have two brothers, Micah (12) and Terrance (6). Terrance and I love to play Monopoly Deal, play with our dogs in the backyard, and draw together. On some occasions, we also do the dishes together. Micah and I like to draw, talk, and listen to music.
I am not playing any sports this year, but I have many hobbies. My absolute favorite is singing. I’ve been singing in school choirs, church choirs, and at events for eleven years now. I even won two first place metals in a choir competition for the public school’s state choirs. I also love to write in my spare time!
My Future Goals
I want to be a soldier in the U.S Army. The thought of putting the phrase “I’ll die trying” into action is something really important to me. In my past when I lived with my biological mom, I had a poor education, we were living on the edge of poverty, and I was too busy taking care of and helping my mom to be focused on school, graduating, and the future. Now that I live with a different and absolutely amazing family, I have a great education, parents who take care of me instead of the other way around, and a bright future ahead of me. I just keep doing my part, so I can live my dream and reach a goal I never thought was possible!
Words of Wisdom
Grades don’t define you as a person, and you should never hesitate to ask for help.