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SEC Student Achiever Scores Points In and Out of the Classroom

Southeastern Education Center (SEC) student Shamaya Pollard emulates her favorite basketball player, MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, when it comes to scoring points. Shamaya recently earned the highest possible points on her daily accountability report. SEC sets expectations for academic and behavioral performance. Students are evaluated daily with a potential score of 3 (Exemplary), 2 (Satisfactory) or 1 (Needs Improvement) on a number of criteria. Students who reach a total of 50 points three times per week may join the 50 Squad – Superstar Students of the week.

For this achievement, Shamaya, her mother and the SEC Squad 50 – Superstar Students, their family, and staff recently enjoyed a Milwaukee Bucks game. Guard Tony Snell has offered the SEC 25 tickets for 10 games this season as part of the Milwaukee Bucks Player Ticket program, which also includes transportation to and from the game, food and small gifts from the team. Shamaya impressed Milwaukee Bucks Community Relations Coordinator Tyra Eiland, who offered her an opportunity to job shadow if the young student continues her good work. Said, Tyra, “I reached out to Shamaya because, growing up, I didn’t know what I wanted to be because I did not have a role model to look up to. How can you envision yourself in a position if you have not been exposed to it? It’s extremely important for young people to see themselves in roles they aspire to be in. But they have to be exposed first.”

In addition to liking basketball, Shamaya also enjoys math and music. “Math was always my favorite subject, and when I came here, I learned more math that I didn’t know because I sit still, pay attention and listen to what the teacher explains,” she said. Shamaya comes from a musical family, and music motivates her while she does her homework, and calms her down when needed.  The staff and experience at the SEC have also had a soothing effect on Shamaya. “I block other people out, focus on me, and listen more,” says Shamaya. “I have two ears and one mouth for a reason. School gets easier when I listen.”

Shamaya looks forward to returning to a traditional MPS school, attending college out of state (preferably in a warmer destination), and becoming a barber and cosmetologist. Pathfinders’ donors make it possible for Shamaya to gain the academic focus necessary to pursue these dreams.

Youth Voices

SEC Student Achiever Scores Points In and Out of the Classroom

Southeastern Education Center (SEC) student Shamaya Pollard emulates her favorite basketball player, MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, when it comes to scoring points. Shamaya recently earned the highest possible points on her daily accountability report. SEC sets expectations for academic and behavioral performance. Students are evaluated daily with a potential score of 3 (Exemplary), 2 (Satisfactory) or 1 (Needs Improvement) on a number of criteria. Students who reach a total of 50 points three times per week may join the 50 Squad – Superstar Students of the week.

For this achievement, Shamaya, her mother and the SEC Squad 50 – Superstar Students, their family, and staff recently enjoyed a Milwaukee Bucks game. Guard Tony Snell has offered the SEC 25 tickets for 10 games this season as part of the Milwaukee Bucks Player Ticket program, which also includes transportation to and from the game, food and small gifts from the team. Shamaya impressed Milwaukee Bucks Community Relations Coordinator Tyra Eiland, who offered her an opportunity to job shadow if the young student continues her good work. Said, Tyra, “I reached out to Shamaya because, growing up, I didn’t know what I wanted to be because I did not have a role model to look up to. How can you envision yourself in a position if you have not been exposed to it? It’s extremely important for young people to see themselves in roles they aspire to be in. But they have to be exposed first.”

In addition to liking basketball, Shamaya also enjoys math and music. “Math was always my favorite subject, and when I came here, I learned more math that I didn’t know because I sit still, pay attention and listen to what the teacher explains,” she said. Shamaya comes from a musical family, and music motivates her while she does her homework, and calms her down when needed.  The staff and experience at the SEC have also had a soothing effect on Shamaya. “I block other people out, focus on me, and listen more,” says Shamaya. “I have two ears and one mouth for a reason. School gets easier when I listen.”

Shamaya looks forward to returning to a traditional MPS school, attending college out of state (preferably in a warmer destination), and becoming a barber and cosmetologist. Pathfinders’ donors make it possible for Shamaya to gain the academic focus necessary to pursue these dreams.