Shye Richardson likes asking questions and seeing why things happen the way they do. That's why the 15-year-old is interested in pursuing a career in psychology with a specialization in forensics.
"I just think it would be fun," the Harlem High School sophomore said. "I want to go to a college in Atlanta or near home, but if I get a scholarship, I'll go anywhere."
As an honor student, it's not hard to imagine that Shye will end up with some type of scholarship. Shye's outstanding academic qualities led teacher Cynthia Wheeless to nominate her former algebra student for Make Kids Count.
"Shye is always so polite and strives to excel in her work on a daily basis," said Wheeless, an algebra teacher at Harlem High. "She is quiet and shy ... like her name, but she works extremely hard to do her very best."
Whether she is on the court - Shye played basketball for the Harlem Bulldogs last year on the junior varsity and varsity teams and plans to return to the varsity team this year - or on the field - she's played the saxophone for four years - Shye always puts her best foot forward.
"I've played basketball ever since I was a little, little girl," said the daughter of Jeff and Kay Richardson, of Harlem. "I just like to run up and down the court."
The music bug bit Shye when she was in the sixth grade. She said she began listening to a few jazz songs and discovered a liking for saxophonist Kenny G.
Shye Richardson, an A honor roll sophomore at Harlem High School, says she is interested in pursuing a career in psychology after graduation.
Shye says she immensely enjoys spending time with her family and visiting her grandmother, Lillie Richardson, in South Carolina.
Last year, Shye was inducted into the Beta Club, and she also participates in the Young Women of Excellence at Harlem High.
"It's where young women learn to have mannerisms," she said. "I just thought it would be something different from what I do and I thought I could learn something new."
"She works hard in the band and the sports that she is involved in, but she does not let her extra curricular activities affect her grades," Wheeless said. "She isn't a person who tries to get a lot of attention for her accomplishments, but I feel she deserves to be recognized."
When Shye learned of the nomination, she was shocked.
"That's really big," she said.
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