Ariana – Hampton, VA




ariana3Afro Puffs and Ponytails had the  privilege of speaking with Ariana, a high school senior from Hampton, Virginia.  Ariana has been selected as a High Achiever  because of her  consistency  in accomplishing the tasks necessary for success, and her ability to balance it all and maintain a healthy and youthful life.  She is soft spoken yet strongly determined to reach her goals as a young African American lady.

AP: Hello Ariana and thank you for giving us a few minutes of your valuable and very limited time. What is your current GPA?
Ariana: 4.29
AP: What would you say was required of you to obtain such a high GPA?
Ariana: I had to work dutifully, study hard, always complete the required assignments, and try to minimize laziness.
AP: Do you belong to any clubs or organizations? If so, how many?
Ariana:Yes. I belong to 3 clubs, as well as the indoor and outdoor track teams and cross country team. 
AP: Have you completed any volunteer work this year?
Ariana: Yes, I have completed over 100 hours of community service this year.  I needed 65 for the National Honor Society, but I continue to tutor and assist the Dean of Girls on a weekly basis.
AP: What is your desired field of study in college?
Ariana: Mechanical engineering.
AP: What role did your parents play in your success in school?
Ariana: My mother is a huge factor of my success.  She stressed the importance of education and putting “work before pleasure.”  As a single parent, my mother made a lot of sacrifices for my siblings and me and I strive to make her proud.
AP: Does it feel like school has been all work and no play now that you are nearing the end?
Ariana:  No, not at all. Although I was studious, I still made time to go to football games, go shopping and hang out with my friends.  It’s all about balancing work and play.  If you work all the time and don’t ever take a break then you will miss out on your youth and have too much stress. But if you party too much and don’t study enough, then your grades will reflect that.  Overall, my high school experience has been very fulfilling.
AP: Do you attend church?
Ariana: Yes.
AP: What advice do you have for younger girls in school who would like to follow your path of success?
My advice would be to get your priorities straight.  Understand that hard work, self-respect, and a good attitude will set you apart and lead you to bigger and brighter things.  Behave like a lady at all times; you never know who is watching.  Go by the 3D’s: never to do anything to Disobey God, Disappoint your parents, or Disrespect yourself.  Don’t get caught up in drama, drugs, BOYS, or other external influences.  These things are all fleeting.  What no one can take away from you is knowledge.  Last, but certainly not least, always keep God first in your life.
Ariana is an excellent example of  the many African American girls who have established goals and standards that they are reaching and maintaining, and who have sweet and gentle spirits that one can easily attribute to a Higher Power.  Congratulations Ariana!

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  1. Adriane Simmons, 13 years ago

    Hi Ariana,
    Your interview is absolutely amazing! I’m the founder of GEMS (Girls Empowered by Morals and Standards), an enrichment group for girls. I’m going to have my group read your interview during our next meeting. You will certainly be an inspiration to them all. Continue presenting the very best you have to offer. You never know how you may influence someone else to do the same! Although I don’t know you, I am sooo proud of you! You are such a good example of what a young lady should be. Keep up the good work and may God continue to bless you!

  2. Margaret G. Lee, 13 years ago


    I’m so glad you mother shared your wonderful accomplishments with me. Congratulations on all that you have achieved, and may God continue to bless you and guide you along the path to reach your goals.

  3. Dave Pearson (Mr.), 13 years ago

    You are wise beyond your years. Your principles and values that guide your life could well serve as a model for all young ladies. As a school board member, I look forward to hearing your valedictory speech at graduation.

  4. Christiana Pinkston Betts, 13 years ago

    You know how very proud I am of you. I tell of your accomplishments to any and everyone! I am so very happy to be your sister and Shayla’s sister! Keep up the good work, love.

  5. Solomon Streets (Mr. S), 13 years ago


    It has been a priviledge and honor to watch you blossom into an intelligent, beautiful, stellar athlete with God clearly at the head of your life. Your humility did not allow you to mention you are the captain of your track team, an individual district indoor track & field champion and will graduate number one in your class! I remain in awe of your accomplishments!!

  6. Christopher Hundley, 13 years ago

    Congratulations Ariana on all of your various accomplishments. Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing you apply your numerous skills at A & T.

  7. Shayla Pinkston Betts, 13 years ago

    I am so proud of you Ariana! You make us all very proud! Keep up the good work and you know I’m here if you ever need anything!

  8. Eleanor Earl, 13 years ago


    Keep up the good work. May your dreams and talents continue to soar!

  9. Rick Hartung, 13 years ago

    What a wonderful role model you are. You have developed into such an intelligent and wise young lady. Your advice is good for us all.

  10. M. Martin, 13 years ago

    Ariana, I am so very proud of you! You have done and continue to do such a wonderful job. Keep up the good work. –Margaret Dismond Martin

  11. Timothy Pinkston (Ariana's Uncle), 13 years ago

    What a great example of success you are! You must be inspiring to other young ladies who are likewise aspiring to be future leaders, movers, and shakers. Stay positive and don’t relent in your solid beliefs. We’re all behind you and very proud of you!!

  12. C. Pinkston Betts (Ariana's Mother), 13 years ago

    I am VERY PROUD of you, Ariana! Keep up the excellence!

  13. C. Pinkston Betts (Ariana's Mother), 13 years ago

    Darling Ariana,

    You are such a JOY! I am immensely PROUD of you, Sweetheart! Your words are WISE; your heart is YOUNG, and your life is GOD’s to lead as HE chooses. Be obedient to Him, and happily receive the innumerable BLESSINGS He has in store for you! I LOVE YOU!

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