CPAA senior excels despite troubles at home


Layana Jones used to think high school was a joke, but now she’s dead serious about getting top grades.

Jones, a senior at College Preparatory & Architecture Academy, never imagined that she would be on the honor roll.

“I had the impression of high school as a just a joke — a friend said freshman year doesn’t count, so I took it as a joke,” said Jones.

Jones started off high school with F’s and D’s. She has improved throughout her years. Now Jones earns A’s and B’s.

“I realized that in order to get somewhere, you have to graduate,” said Jones.

To improve her grades Jones began to go to school every day, complete all her work and stay focused.

She advises ninth graders not to consider freshman year as a joke because it will catch up with them over the years.

Jones, like many students at Fremont, has had to deal with many obstacles.

“Despite family problems, balancing home and school at the same time, I try not to let them get to me,” said Jones.

Jones sad she had good influences to overcome these challenges. One of them is Julia Daniels, an English teacher in CPAA.

Daniels says students have the potential to turn around like Jones did.

“I’m incredibly proud of Layana and impressed by her. I think she’s a very strong woman who’s going to do wonderful things,” said Daniels.