Senior Profile

Shirleah Ragin, Northwestern High School - Class of 2016

Written by:
Jan Lapira - Paint Branch Elementary School

   Shirleah Ragin’s high school career is one of no regret. As a senior in the Class of 2016 at Northwestern High School these four years of high school have been a time of growth and perseverance. As a senior, Shirleah would not go back to do anything over because if she did not go through what she did she would not be who she is today. Shirleah believes she did everything she could along the way. She also knows there were many people there to help her.
   During her sophomore year, she suffered a knee injury and had surgery. This gave her the time to reflect on things that she had accomplished, as well as her goals she still wanted to achieve. The time away from basketball taught Shirleah to be more patient. “I realized I need that for everyday living.” she said.

   She has a vigorous work ethic, but with this injury, she wanted to get back on her feet as quickly and carefully as possible. “I was more determined than ever before.” she said. After graduation, Shirleah plans to go to college and major in either physical therapy, exercise science, athletic training, or journalism. She will continue what she loves most which is basketball.
   If Shirleah could meet one person from history, it would be Len Bias because he attended Northwestern and played basketball. He is one reason why she continues to push herself at Northwestern. His story truly inspires her. Her favorite food is chicken and rice. Her favorite moment of the senior year was the pep rally because it was outside for the first time.
   Looking back, the first adjustment she made to high school was the large class size considering there were never more than 24 kids per class. In her eyes, transitioning to high school was not that difficult for Shirleah. Now, she looks ahead to her next transition to college and beyond.
   In closing she wants everyone to remember, “Live up to your potential not for things that are nonessential.”