SOAR Scholarship: A Young Mother Turning Her Life Around

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The yearbook captures every memory of every school year. However, in 2013, it missed one for Mica Van Amerongn.

"I was headed down the complete wrong path and then I got pregnant," she explained.

When she was a Sophomore at Mount Pleasant High School, Mica had a little girl named Israe. She said the experience turned her life around.

"Everything just kind of hit me at once," Mica said. "I needed to have a good environment for her and ever since then, I've been trying to be a better me so she can grow up with an awesome mom."

Two years later, the 18-year-old is graduating on time, living on her own, working two part-time jobs, and getting ready to attend Southeastern Community College in Fall 2015.

"I've always been told that education is a very big thing," she said. "My mom didn't really go to a legitimate college and my dad only has his high school diploma so I've always wanted to get my college degree and then hopefully be some inspiration for her and other people."

Mica says she wants to go to Southeastern Community College for two years, then transfer for a four-year university, obtain her Master's Degree in Psychology, and become a Clinical Psychologist.

"I just want to help a lot of people," she said. "I've always wanted someone to be there for me through everything so if I can be that person for someone else..."

WQAD is helping Mica do just that by awarding her with a $1,000 S.O.A.R. Scholarship, sponsored by The Sedona Group. S.O.A.R. stands for Strength, Opportunities, Achievement, Resolve. Five area high school seniors are awarded the scholarship every year.

"Just to be rewarded with something like this, it's really big in my life because I didn't even think I was going to get any scholarships," Mica said. "I was talking to one of my friends yesterday about maybe taking up a third job during the summer just to be able to afford college."

Now Mica can focus on what matters most - her future and her family.

"Everything I do is for her so I just try to keep that in the back of my mind and try to use that to push me forward and do what I have to do to have her have a good life," she said.

A life with a new memory of what can happen when you start to "soar."

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