HARROD — Savannah Howard, 18, a senior at Allen East High School, is keeping busy, mixing two jobs and at the same time looking forward to college.
The senior holds down jobs at Sun Central Tanning and at Heffner’s Dairy Barn.
She’s looking to continue her education at the University of Cincinnati, Clermont and hopes to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology with the hopes of becoming an occupational therapist.
“I went back and forth with it for a really long time. I had no intention of going into the psychology field at all, but then one day Mrs. [Brenda] McDorman asked me if I wanted to tutor and I didn’t know anything about the children at the time. I did it and I think they’re really what led me in that direction. They [the children] were very behind and working with kids was something I really loved to do but I didn’t want to be a teacher and so I think that’s why I chose that field [occupational therapy]. I plan to work on the pediatric side of it,” she said.
The kids who were in fourth and fifth grade had never attended school before.
“They couldn’t even read at a kindergarten level. I’ve worked with them for about three months, and they’re up to reading at a second-grade level so they’re doing great. They soak it all up. They’re like big sponges. It was a really cool opportunity. I’m really glad I got to do it,” she added.
She’s also a player on the Allen East High School volleyball team.
“I’ve played for Allen East since I was a fifth-grader. I’ve been a varsity letter winner for four years. I started varsity my freshman year. I was voted my senior offensive player of the year. I received honorable mention in the NWC. I participated in the All-Star match,” she said.
Participating in sport can have its benefits when it comes to academic life.
“Being able to balance a sport, balance my school work, balance a social life, all at once has really helped me become organized and I think that will really help me when I go to school,” she said.
She’s involved in the College Credit Plus program, earning credits for the past two years.
“I love Allen East. The community’s amazing. We have a lot of tragedy, more than any other school, and it shows just how tight-knit our community really is. It’s all you could ask for in a small school,” she added.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.