J.D. Clement Early College High School junior Anika Forde does not let challenges stop her from achieving academically. While she was out of school for a health issue, Anika still managed to maintain her 4.67 GPA. Her perseverance and drive have earned her the title of Durham Public Schools Student of the Month for January.
After attending middle school at a local charter school, Anika enrolled at Early College High School her freshman year to gain the advantage of taking college courses at North Carolina Central University while still attending high school.
“I was reluctant at first to change schools, but now I realize what a great opportunity I have here at Early College,” said Anika. “It has definitely given me a much needed competitive advantage. It will be great to graduate with a couple of years of college already completed.”
While at Early College, Anika has been a member of the Yearbook Club, designing the front and back cover, and a member of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, she is a Girl Scout and would like to earn the Gold Award if she can work it into her busy schedule. Anika spends some of her free time volunteering at the Seeds Community Garden, the Durham Food Bank and the Ronald McDonald House.
Anika would like to attend UNC Chapel Hill when she graduates and to pursue a degree in nursing with eventually becoming a nurse practitioner.