Senior Spotlight on Philanesha

Honestly, it doesn’t even seem possible that Philanesha could be graduating this year. We’ve known her since she was probably six years old; she has been at Light of the VIllage since its very beginning. We have watched Phil Phil grow, learn, lead, and develop into the young lady she is today.

Philanesha receiving her diploma at graduation Monday night.

Philanesha receiving her diploma at graduation Monday night.

Though she has always been a quiet, more reserved individual, Philanesha’s meekness and mild temperament are not to be mistaken for lack of passion or capability. Philanesha has made an outstanding TeenLeader, showing great care with the kids in her groups, and was a wonderful addition to our team in Mexico, maintaining a positive attitude and constantly engaging the people and projects she encountered.

Philanesha with one of the children for who we helped build a house last year.

Philanesha with one of the children for whom we helped build a house last year.

But we have to be honest. We did have one problem with Phil Phil while we were in Mexico. Homegirl takes out TWO people AT A TIME when she sneezes! It’s really pretty amazing (and hilarious as long as you’re not in the direct path). As many times as we’ve told her. “Phil, COVER. YOUR. MOUTH.” She just replies sweetly, “but I never know when it’s coming.” This may be true, but sometimes you just wish she’d yell out, “TAKE COVER!” Nonetheless, it made for good laughs…and lots of Germ-X usage.

Before we embarrass her anymore, we should mention that Phil Phil has been accepted to four schools: Bishop State Community College, Jackson State University, William Carey University, and Faulkner State Community College. She will be attending the latter in the fall and would like to study psychology. Additionally, she was awarded Newcomer of the Year by her softball coach this year.

Philanesha pitching during her senior season of softball.

Philanesha pitching during her senior season of softball.

Phil is the older sister to FOUR sweet girls, and we can’t wait to see how her example will inspire her sisters to excel in school, sports, and in their walk with Christ. We are proud of you Phil Phil, and we are thankful for the example that you set for the next generation at LOV.

Philanesha today after getting her drivers license!

Philanesha today after getting her drivers license!

If you feel led to partner with LOV as we encourage and financially assist our seniors with their graduation activities or to sponsor a TeenLeader for the summer, please do so here: http://www.lightofthevillage.org/#/you-can-help/give.

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