18-year-old, Nickaja Wright used the events from Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matters movement as inspiration to push through in order to succeed in school.

Ambitious, driven and motivated by experience, Ave Wright a senior at Westhill High School used the events from Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matters movement as inspiration to push through in order to succeed in school.

During a time when the world literally shut down, the Connecticut Native took this opportunity to maintain a 3.5 GPA. Going to school during the pandemic, she describes it as a great experience for her because she has an independent learning style.

“I think I have a harder drive than most people” she stated is what makes her thrive and excel. She also gives a lot of praise to her mom as a motivating force. While her learning style is more independent, she empathizes with her classmates who have a more visual and hands-on learning style and encourages them to reach out to teachers if they need help. “Communication is key” Wright describes balancing school and work.

Her hobbies include writing and reading poetry and her dream is to become a clinical psychologist. “I want to study the mind and why people think the way they do,” says Wright. “I feel, people need an outlet. Black people bottle things up and watch it unfold.” Writing is one of Wright’s outlets, and she wants to help others find positive coping mechanisms and outlets to maintain their mental health.

“See you hate waking up cause you’re waking up and you don’t know the reason. You’re waking up and you don’t have any design in mind. Once you live in your purpose, when you discover your gift, you can’t wait to wake up” Steve Harvey.

Wright stated that she wasn’t always perfect at school and she has been through things in her life that she’s had to heal from. This quote, she said, describes her endurance to preserve. She plans to attend college and has already been accepted to Southern Connecticut State University and awaits other acceptances.

This exceptional scholar’s plan is to complete school with a degree in Psychology, write books, and help others heal the way that she has.


– Photographer: Corey Robertson

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