“I loved Alabama Connections Academy because of the flexibility I had to arrange my schedule and do what was important to me. I was able to take all honors classes with some of the most awesome teachers and still be involved in outside activities that I was passionate about, such as theater, dancing, singing, and volunteering. I was in a theater production and was able to work my school schedule around many rehearsal hours and the shows.
“Due to the flexible schedule, I was able to create a children’s library for Olivia’s House, a home for mothers with substance abuse issues. Olivia’s House allows these mothers to participate in a six-month to a year-long rehabilitation program, and they can have their children live with them. I spent many hours painting and cleaning; purchasing over 450 books and collecting other books from donors; and purchasing furniture, toys, videos, and decor to make it a bright, Dr. Seuss-themed library. I was honored to have the library named Olivia’s House—Zoe Champion Children’s Library at the ribbon cutting and grand opening. I was also the guest speaker. I partnered with the Birmingham Optimist Club, which focuses on empowering today’s youth.”