Raceland Senior Spotlight: Matilda Martin
For some high school graduates their journey begins and ends within the same district. For others, they make their mark in a much shorter time. Such is the case for Raceland-Worthington senior, Matilda Martin. Matilda came to Raceland at the beginning of her freshman year and has enjoyed her four years as a Ram.
Despite having an injury that ended her cheerleading career, Matilda didn't let that get in the way of being a leader in her class. While attending Raceland Matilda was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) but most enjoyed being part of the yearbook staff. "Yearbook class allows me to support my school by creating a record of the school year that will be cherished for years to come," she said.
Matilda has worked alongside the office staff as an aide, which she hopes is a springboard for her future endeavors. She stated, "I enjoy the opportunities that I've had to support my school. I have been an office aide for this school year and have enjoyed running errands and being able to assist the staff whenever I am needed."
Matilda has been most grateful for the support of staff members at the high school. Most notably she praised the support of Coach Mike Salmons, Michelle Rogers, Courtney Sammons and Counselor Andrea Coldiron. "I also loved going to the “Young Women Lead” conference at Ashland Community and Technical College with Mrs. Coldiron and the girls in my graduating class. It was an empowering experience."
When asked what stood out about Matilda, Mrs. Coldiron said, “Matilda is a charming young lady who is intelligent, outgoing and I am confident that she will be successful in her future.”
When not at school Matilda enjoys taking care of her family pets. She especially enjoys take care of her dog that needs specialized care since he is a senior dog who is blind. "He has been my best friend since preschool; we grew up together and I cherish the time we have with him," Matilda said.
She continued, "I also like to attend sporting events for local schools. I am a passionate shopaholic. I love style and everything fashion: clothes, hair, accessories, and makeup. I was even selected by my peers as “Best Dressed” for senior superlatives."
Becoming a successful senior also takes a supporting cast at home and Matilda stated her gratitude for being her biggest fans. "My mom, dad, mamaw, and papaw have all helped me be successful. My whole family is very supportive and attend anything and everything I pursue. They’ve been my biggest fans through everything."
Matilda is graduating College and Career Ready since successfully passing the Career and Technical Education exam for Consumer and Family Services. In the future, Matilda plans to work as a receptionist in a medical office to gain experience in the field and then enroll in the Medical Information Technology program at Ashland Community and Technical College.
Good luck, and may God bless you Matilda Martin as you pursue your dreams.