CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Each week during the school year, Project L.I.F.T. selects a student who is excelling not only inside the classroom, but outside as well. The student - along with their favorite teacher - is featured every Wednesday on WBTV News on Bounce at 8 p.m. The program operates within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System.
This week's scholar is Rayven Sanders, an 8th grader at Bruns Academy.
Bio: My name is Rayven Sanders. I am twelve years old, soon turning thirteen. I moved from Buffalo, New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, with my family in hope to find a smoother experience with life and school. I attend Bruns Academy as an eighth grader, and plan to be the best of the best by the end of the school year.
As I proceed into my life of knowledge, I slowly realize that I can be extremely successful. Especially when I'm studying, trying my best on tests, not giving up on my work, doing my homework, and asking for the extra help. All of that seems too much, but I really appreciate the help and without it, I would instantly give up. And I can't give up when I'm just a few steps closer to achieving what I want.
When I pass onto the ninth grade, I plan to attend Phillip O. Berry. The school just seems right to me and I feel as if it will lead me to a great career. Including helping me cover all my weakest subjects, so by the end of the day, I'll feel as if I am actually did something that changed my life.
After high school, there's college. College is just one step away from the life you want. Of course I want to attend college. The college I want to attend isn't clear since I'm still looking. I might go to a college in Miami but I might go somewhere else. It all depends on how my high school years turn out.
Once I finish college, I want to be a forensic scientist. I, honestly, love the thought of dealing with dead bodies and traveling to different crime scenes. In school, science happens to be my strongest subject. And it fascinates me on how much science is included in the world. Science can show you that there is much more than within your classroom. You just have to find out on your own and that's what I plan to do when I grow up.
I can't go on with my school life without no one motivating me. That's where my friends and family come in. They encourage me and push me to continue with my learning. Especially my mother. When I try to give up, she begins to rant on how I will be successful and how my dream career will happen, if I just stay with my studies. At school, my friends constantly remind me of my grades and how they know I can do it. All of it makes me feel all giddy and happy inside. At least I know someone believes in me. As long as they do, I believe in myself too.
School is what you make of it and I want to make it a place, where I can say "I succeeded in all and nothing and no one can bring me down when I'm this far. I am the successor of my life. And I'm happy that I could change it for the better."
You can search for more scholars at wbtv.com/scholar.