Salute To Seniors: Jontavia Dykes - Miami Northwestern High School

What was your most memorable moment?
My most memorable moments were my personal record of 149-9  in the discus 3A State Finals and personal record of 43-5 in the shot put at  the GMAC Championship.
What was your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment was advancing to state two years in a row and placing second in both the discus and shot put competition.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
Trying to compete, maintain grades and stay focus in school, while mother was diagnosed with stage four thyroid cancer, and other obstacles.
What will you miss the most?
My fellow classmates and the track team.
What advice you would give to younger athletes?

Know who you are. Be honest, be open and be yourself. Stay focused and strive to be the best.
What are your college plans?

I am honored to be the first in my family  to receive a full athletic scholarship to the University of Florida, where I will major in Forensic Science/Criminology.
Who would you like to say thank you to?

I would like to thank my family, friends, and proud mother who was always at almost every track meet, who supported me continuously, who told me never to give up and keep pushing;  Thank you Coach Derrick Ford for believing in me and getting me to try out for the team to see if I liked it, even though I wasn't interested. Thank you to Coach Austin Monroe (throwers coach) for three years of training and to Coach Carmen Jackson for telling me over and over to believe in myself.

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