BY ISEYANA LATRICE WHALEY
ST. PETERSBURG —Seventeen years ago on a doctor’s urgent request, a beautiful baby girl came into the world. On the second week of January, I, Iseyana Latrice Whaley, the daughter of a tough loving woman by the name of Patricia Sanders, was finally here. With a happy spirit and genuine heart, I was ready to conquer the world.
In my home I am the oldest girl but the second oldest child. With four personalities, other than my mother’s, we all get through the day with talks, laughter, debates or sometimes all three simultaneously.
Growing up I became a member of Old Landmark Cathedral COGIC, where my pastor is Mitchell L. Bryant. Honestly, this guy is something serious; I love my church because it feels like my home away from home. There I joined a lot of fun groups such as drum line and choir to name a few.
I am a new St. Petersburg High School Alumna; there I was both a National Honor Society and Science Honor Society member, Girlfriend of Pinellas sister and LEO club member. Most importantly I aspire to be a pharmacist; therefore, I took a Pharmacy Technician course in addition to my high school curriculum. I wanted to be exposed to my future working environment and be able to instantly point out right from wrong when I began to direct my techs.
Although I am at the transition point between my high school and college career, I can honestly say that it has been a long time coming, but with the help of God and remembering that “for wisdom is greater than rubies,” I learned to have perseverance (Proverbs 8:11).
In addition to God being with me my mother has also helped me along the way from all the spankings to just watching her get herself together and inspiring me to become determined like she is.
After all, “I was given this life because I was strong enough to live it.” (Anonymous)