Student Success Stories

Louanna Brigalia

Louanna just graduated from Iberville MSA-East with a 4.18 GPA. She is one of nine siblings, and has been working for her family selling pralines and harvesting crawfish since she was eight years old. Due to dual enrollment courses she began taking her junior year, she will be starting college at Southeastern Louisiana University with a 3.3 GPA. Louanna dreams of being a nurse and working in a Veterans Affairs nursing home environment. She believes that the elderly and disabled need someone to love and care for them, and she wants to be that person.

Rekeya Blackmore

Rekeya is the 2015 valedictorian of Livonia High School. She has a 4.6 GPA, and has 30 college credits because she has been taking dual enrollment courses since her junior year. She will matriculate to Louisiana State University as a sophomore. Rekeya is also a teen mother with a two-year-old daughter. She will be the first in her family to attend college. Rekeya aspires to be an orthodontist and will study dental hygiene, and plans to pursue her DDS while working and caring for her daughter. She dreams of owning her own practice and improving the lives of others.

Taylor Sepulvado

Taylor Sepulvado is full of fortitude: to beat the odds; to achieve her goals; and to make a difference in the lives of others.A recent graduate from C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport, LA, Taylor is the first in her family to graduate high school. “My mom wanted me to be successful and prove everyone wrong, prove that I can do it,” Taylor said. “Now, I’m going straight to college, and I’m going to have a successful future.”

Taylor’s successful future includes fulfilling her dreams of caring for others as a nurse. “I decided I want to be a nurse so I can be a hero to others and make their lives better in every possible way.” In the fall, Taylor plans to study two years at Bossier Parish Community College before going on to earn a degree in nursing from Louisiana Tech University. At BPCC, Taylor will be joining a very special classmate: her mom. "My mom had to drop out because she got pregnant with me at 16,” Taylor said. “But now, she’s back in school after 18 years.” Taylor’s mother is studying to be a police officer, showing that the service mindset runs in the family.

During Taylor’s senior year, her biggest fear was that she wouldn’t get into college, but her Career Compass coach was there to help. “I couldn’t have done it without her. She made my senior year good,”Taylor said.
Taylor’s advice for other seniors is to step back and think about what they want to do and what it will take to get there. “And, I’d tell them, don’t stress out while filling out yourapplications,” Taylor said. “Because Career Compass coaches have our backs no matter what.”