Sydney chose IU because the campus is brimming with opportunities for those willing to seek them out, and because “you can’t make a small school big, but you can make a big school small.” She loves that her time in Bloomington will allow her to experience all the resources of a large research institution along with the personality of a small, supportive community. She will major in psychology and hopes one day to be a pediatric occupational therapist, a psychological researcher, or a writer. She has recently been focusing on honing her writing skills in particular. For her efforts, she rewarded with a silver medal with distinction at Carnegie Hall, given for her senior writing portfolio, and the publication of her op-ed column in the local paper. The best advice she’s ever received comes from her dad, and she is living it right now by attending IU: “stay in school, kid.” If you have a strong stomach, you can ask Sydney to demonstrate her hidden talent: double-jointed fingers, elbows, shoulders, and knees! She would like to thank her mom, for years of story time reading; her dad, for intellectual car rides; her brother; and her friends. She would also like to thank her many teachers for the passion for learning they instilled deep inside her. Sydney is the twelfth Scholar from Homestead High School and will hold the LaVelle Fortenberry #2 scholarship.