Naomi Hamlet: Turning Things Around
North Andover High School junior Naomi Hamlet is this week's Student of the Week.
Naomi Hamlet, 16, has made a complete turn-around in her junior year from when she began attending North Andover High School. Hamlet is looking forward to attending either UMass Boston or UMass Amherst after graduating next year. She is interested in studying criminal justice and plans to be a detective.
Hamlet's first two years at NAHS were somewhat difficult, and she struggled to maintain good grades. She has since changed her attitude and has been putting all of her effort into improving her academic standing. She says has realized that in order to achieve her goal of attending college after graduation, she has to put forth a lot of work and studying. Hamlet also says that she always knew that she had potential, and now sees that it's necessary for her to apply it.
"I have been working with Naomi for the last three years and have really seen great progress," Michelle O'Leary, school psychologist, said. "She was very quiet her first year at the high school and was looking to fly under the radar, but since she has become more social and much more outgoing. I think Naomi can accomplish whatever she sets her mind to."
Hamlet's older brother has always been there to support her, and she gets her inspiration from him. Hamlet sees her brother as a very strong and dedicated person and someone that she depends on. Along with her brother's support, she is motivated to do better for herself for the remainder of high school. Hamlet says she realizes that it was worth it to do the right thing this year and turn around her attitude, she is glad that she did, and it has certainly paid off.
"Toward the end of last year and more-so this year, I noticed that Naomi would come to guidance more frequently," Guidance Counselor Sara Dow said. "She took more of an interest in the classes she was scheduled for and learned that in order to get what she wanted, she needed to advocate for herself. I have watched Naomi grow over the years into a smart, positive, mature young lady who is respected not only by her peers, but also her teachers."
As well as making academic improvements, Hamlet is considering joining the tennis team. She has been playing tennis outside of school, practicing with her father for the past four years.
Hamlet currently works at Market Basket and wants to join the Police Academy next year when she is 17.
"This year is very important to me," Hamlet said. "My main goal is to exceed academically so I can get into the college of my choice."
Hamlet has made a vast improvement this year and has turned around her outlook about school. She is now taking her school work seriously and realizes how important her work is. Her priorities are in order, and she knows that she must put in effort to achieve her dreams.
"In order to play hard, you have to work hard first," Hamlet said.