When it comes to her education, to say Cheyenne Henry is motivated is an understatement. As part of the Early College Program at Daley College, she earned both her high school diploma and associate degree in December 2018, all before the age of 18. Cheyenne has taken advantage of every opportunity that has presented itself, and a powerful example of what one can achieve with an open mind and by not letting opportunities slip past.
From the very beginning of her educational journey, Cheyenne has been aware of what it takes to be successful. She started off by attending McDade Elementary Classical School and then moved on to Morgan Park Academy. Cheyenne is currently at both Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy and Daley College. Her education has been rigorous to say the least. This is Cheyenne’s first college experience, but she’s proving that she knows how to juggle all of life’s responsibilities.
Cheyenne started taking college credit courses at Daley her sophomore year of high school as part of the Early College program. She had heard the name Daley often at Goode because of the partnership the schools have. Cheyenne had nothing to lose if she took college courses during her time in high school: the classes were free, close to home, and gave her the opportunity to get that much closer to obtaining her college degree.
At Sarah E. Goode, she is a member of numerous clubs including, the Sign Language Club, the Majorette Team, and the National Honors Society for High School Scholars. At Daley, Cheyenne was invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, which she was very excited about.
But she says she hasn’t done it alone – she’s had plenty of help along the way: Sidney Laurent and Sondra Thigpen from McDade Elementary Classical School, Kareem Sayegh and Michelle Suttmeier from Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, Alexis Ross from Daley, and last but not least, her mother, Tamiko Henry.
There is no doubt that Cheyenne is a motivated individual, which stems from the fact that she has always had the dream of going to college, making her mom happy, and working toward the career of her dreams. Cheyenne is getting her associate degree in computer science, and will start classes at UIC to study psychology this fall.
Thanks to her Early College experience, Cheyenne feels that she has the tools necessary to succeed on any path she takes. Her advice to future students is to not let the fear of going to college defeat them. It can be overwhelming, but you have to remember to stay calm and do your best.
Daley College is proud to have a student like Cheyenne as part of our family and we look forward to her continued success!