WORTH CO., GA (WALB) - Staying focused and driven takes self discipline, and that isn't always easy for a high school student.
This Dean's List recognizes one Worth County high school student who knows exactly what she wants, and she isn't letting anything stand in her way.
Sherry Blakey has kept a 4.0 grade point average all through high school.
"I've been able to achieve success knowing that I'm capable of achieving success, staying focused and driven," she said.
No grass grows under her feet. Sherry takes AP classes, she's the senior class president, the president of the Health Occupations Club, Vice President of BETA and Key clubs, year book editor, and she's on the prom committee.
"It enforces the fact that I know people rely on me, that everything I do is important," said Blakey
Dr. Saudia Malachi is the head counselor at Worth County High School, and says Blakey is smart, very energetic, and conscious of other people.
Through the CNA program, Sherry works with residents at the nursing home in Sylvester.
"I aspire to be a physician. I know that so far I am really looking into cardiology," said Blakey.
It was her father's heart condition that inspired Sherry to choose a career in medicine.
"He's had two heart attacks and several cauterizations, along with plaque buildup in his arteries," she said. "All the cardiologists, I saw working on my dad [and it] inspired me to want to be like them."
Sherry is one of five children, and has health scares of her own.
She has high blood pressure and kidney issues.
She says her parents have always encouraged her to just do her best.
"Not overbearing," she noted, "[they're] always just telling me to do what I'm capable of instead of pushing me."
Sherry wants to encourage other students to strive for success.
"Students need to be focused, and know where they're going in life, because the decisions we make today are shaping our future," she said.
Dr. Saudia Malachi hears all sorts of challenges. She gives students tools to cope with them, rise above them, to love themselves first, and to realize their potential.
"Prioritize," said Dr. Malachi. "There's nothing wrong with socializing with their friends. But if you keep everything in perspective, it will be fine."
Sherry will attend Georgia Southwestern on a full scholarship, and then it's on to medical school.