Sophomore overcomes many obstacles in order to become successful


The Magnet Tribune: Briana Sepulveda

Vivian Coleman, a sophomore, hopes to publish her book next year.

Briana Sepulveda, Staff Writer

A top ranking student with many different qualities talks about her difficulties, struggles, and obstacles that pushed her to get to where she is.

Vivian Coleman grew up in the town of Jackson, Mississippi in what she described as the ghetto.

“I grew up in a horrible place. I experienced many things such as racism. In schools I was bullied constantly because I was lighter than others,” she said.

At one time Coleman was even considered an “at risk student” where they basically thought she’d drop out and never receive a college degree.

Throughout all of this though, her mother was always one of her biggest supporters.

“She told me that I could do anything that I set my mind to as long as I had an education,” she said.

I’ve worked hard for the grades I have and I’ve helped others. ”

— Vivian Coleman

“I work hard in everything that I do, because of her,” Coleman said.

Coleman is a student at both Vidal M. Trevino and J.W. Nixon and has gone through many hardships, but uses them as a way to get to the top.

She is currently in her sophomore year and is already ranked #1 in her class.

“I’ve worked hard for the grades I have and I’ve helped others. Because that’s how you know you understand the material, it’s when you are able to explain it to others,” Coleman said.

Coleman not only maintains amazing grades, but is also very involved in the school’s community.

“I want to strive to be a well-rounded student,” she said.

She is a part of extracurriculars such as One Act, UIL Prose and Poetry, UIL Ready Writing, Choir, Mock Trial and has won many awards through them.

Coleman is also an active volunteer in the community. She does things such as community plays and spends most of her time helping the veterans.

“Not only does that give me community service hours, but allows me to bring the arts to Laredo on stage for the community to see,” Coleman said.

Coleman plans on attending Yale University and graduating college.

“It’s one of my dreams I want to achieve,” she said.

When it comes to a career, Coleman has a lot in mind. She hopes to become an author due to her love of writing and is currently at 16 years old already writing her very own novel.

“I’ve been working on this book and I was inspired by the idea of when I went to New York. I was just so transfixed by the city; it was an instant flow of inspiration,” she said.

She is on page 207 of her book “Truth’s Mirror” and hopes to publish the book her junior year of high school.

Besides Coleman’s desire to become an author she wants to give back to others.

One of her main passions is to help others and go into the Peace Corps to pursue that.

“I want to go help children in third world countries and teach them the essentials of learning, reading, and writing. And how important it is to be kind and humble. Basically all the ideas and morals that my mom taught me,” Coleman said.

Vivian Coleman continues to work hard in every single thing that she does and hopes to become even more successful in the future.

“I think that’s the best way to describe me: curly, messy, and everywhere,” she said.