By Faye Gaston
Evangelia Bravo Mota finished her junior class year at Conecuh Springs Christian School under much stress. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the school buildings were closed and classes were taught long-distance through modern computers.
With no day classes at the school, she was working full time shifts at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store as a cashier five to six days a week, preparing meals for the parents and six children in her family two to three times a week, and cleaning the house.
After working the morning shift at Piggly Wiggly, she did school work for the week in career prep, chemistry and Spanish. When she had a whole day off the job, she worked on her English term paper.
When she worked the evening shift, her off-day began the next day at 7:00 a.m. with school work for the week in history, Bible, and geography.
During this time she taught herself to review geography while learning new lessons and working on a project of taking photos of shapes and explaining why she chose these.
She is from the state of Oregon, moving to Union Springs as she entered kindergarten, without knowing how to speak any English. Of necessity she learned to speak English in addition to her native Spanish.
With a full schedule, she earned all A's for this school year. She was honored with the Barnabas award for the Junior class and the Manhatten award. In Who's Who she was voted "the most likely to be a motivational speaker". She sang two solos at the spring student talent show/fundraiser.
Her goals are to be a contestant in the Distinguished Young Woman scholarship program. She gained exposure to the contest this year by serving as a "Little Sister" to a contestant.
Her goal is to attend Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama and major in neonatal nursing.
Her parents are Donna and Gerardo Bravo. Her father works at Gray Funeral Home.