Angie Evans is just one of those kids who seems to make the news a lot because she is one of that group of young people who always seems to do amazing things that the rest of us have never heard of…or maybe I just don’t run in the “smart” circles, I don’t know. I just know that when Dublin ISD’s Letha Northcutt suggested that I contact the Proctor native, I totally agreed that her story was worth the telling!
It all started in 4th grade when Angie was nominated by her teacher to attend a leadership conference in Washington DC, and she’s never looked back, continuing to attend conferences in places such as Boston, and then back again to Harvard.
So, having a nephew attending Harvard as I type, that was where I found my starting point.
“Let’s start with Harvard. What did you do there?”
As it turned out, it was a bumpy ride in the beginning.
“Mimi took me to the airport in Dallas, and I arrived in Boston, but there was no one there to meet me. I waited and waited in the baggage claim area for three hours, but no one came so I decided to just take the train to Harvard. I didn’t tell Mimi until I was on the train because I knew what she would say!” the raven haired beauty laughed.
“I exited at Harvard square, and I wandered around for about thirty minutes, and I called home again. I gave Mimi the street names where I was, and she called the Harvard police, and they came and got me. I never learned what the program was.”
After that crazy start, “It was amazing,” she smiled.
“We got together with our teams. The situation our team was given was a Nigerian fish farm that needed to find cost efficient ways to grow the fish, feed the fish, and clean the tank, all more efficiently. We met for one week.”
“And did they take your ideas?” I wanted to know.
“On the last day of the meeting we presented our ideas to the owners and the board of directors. Our ideas were accepted, and we received an internship with Leadership Initiative for all of our high school years. We’ve been working with our business since July.”
And believe it or not, as interesting as all of this background is, this wasn’t why I asked Angie to let me write her story, but I quickly discovered that there is more than one story in the book that is Angie Evans. What I initially thought I would be writing was the fact that on June 29 of this year…
“I’m going to miss my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary…” she interrupted me in the one and only downer moment of our interview…
And then just as quickly, the young girl perked up to explain to me that she will be traveling to Stanford University in California, where she will spend two weeks participating in a mock criminal trial, led by Stanford’s top law professors who will be teaching about building a case, opening statements, closing remarks, etc.
Of course, I wanted to know why, and I must admit her answer did surprise me a bit.
“Atticus Finch has almost convinced me that it is law I want to pursue; this summer will really help me decide…” she trailed off. Atticus Finch…and I was left feeling very, very thankful that there is a high school student left who actually knows Atticus well enough to let him be an influence!
We’ll be bringing you more of Angie’s story once she returns from California. I can’t wait to see what she has to say about the experience!