CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - We can learn from our elders and we can learn from the young. One newly graduated high school student reminds us of what is important in our Dean's List segment.
As a teenager, Meme Harvey is the night manager running her own crew. But she didn't start there.
"When I first started I wasn't that good and I had to work my way up," she said.
As a young owner, Meme's boss inspired her to reach for the stars.
"That gave me that driving force if I get good at this I can be where she is," said Meme.
Meme says working at Chick fil-A has changed the way she looks at life.
"It's not always about the results it's about the relationships that you make with your customers and also the employees," she said.
Meme says she has struggled with self confidence, but feels good when she succeeds at something she has worked hard for.
"It's always been me and my mom," she recalled. "I grew up without a dad. She always taught me if you want something, you have to work hard for it. It's not just going to be given to you."
Meme says that many teens raised in single family homes struggle with missing a real connection, but teachers can fill a big void.
Her teacher Jenna Rhodes tells her students when two elements form a compound they make something brand new, and every day is new so they can make it what they want it to be.
"I tell them fail at something every day 'cause that means you tried something new, and when you try something new big things happen," she said.
Rhodes says she has no doubt Meme will be successful no matter what she chooses, and if she chooses to be an operator of a Chick-fil-A one day and it's going to be successful.
"She doesn't take no for an answer and she's gonna find a way to accomplish her goals no matter what. She is a star and I can't wait to see where her star lands," Rhodes said.
Meme says academics are very important and it's the key to success. But it's being a part of the band that has had the biggest influence on her. "Band is one of those things that also helps me strive when school gets tough. You can just forget about everything and know bands gonna be there," she said.
And lastly, words we can all live by. Meme says, "It's never too late to start over, don't give up. Definitely hard work pays off you just have to find that motivating factor on what drives you and what makes you happy. Just do it."
Meme is going on to Georgia Southwestern to fulfill her dreams of moving up the chain in the Chick-fil-A family, and says she wants to make the person who worked so hard for her proud- her mom.