Alexander Glaze, a senior at Southwest High School, has dealt with family addiction, rejection and homelessness but has managed to become a leader and scholar.
Alex and his twin sister were removed from their mother’s home when they were eight years old due to her addiction. Their father was granted custody, but in Alex’s words, “my father never really cared about me.” Tragically, his mother died from a drug overdose in his ninth grade year . “Although my mother was an addict, she supplied me with more love and care than I could have asked for”.
Alex has worked part-time to provide for his own food and clothing since he was a freshman. On their 18th birthday his father asked Alex and his sister to leave and never return. With nowhere to live, a family friend took them in, allowing them to stay in school.
“Although my life has been filled with adversity, in my opinion, it has made me a better person. I learned early on that hard work in high school would be the only way I could improve my situation. I made up my mind that I would try to get the best grades I could, no matter what.”
With a 3.5 GPA and a 30 on his ACT, Alex has done just that. He has taken numerous advanced courses, been involved with student government, played football and was nominated twice to attend the national Youth Leadership Council. His school counselor says, “In my 30 years as an educator, Alex is one of the most outstanding students I have ever known.”
Alex is applying to Stanford, the University of Wisconsin Madison and has an upcoming interview at Harvard. After college, he plans to attend graduate school or law school. Alex will be the first person in his family to attend college.