Cushing High School senior Krystal Beverly learned early the reward for good grades.
"Junior high, my 8th grade year we had academic excellence here. I didn't make it one year. I really started to study and I had to work hard. I realized that I'm not the smartest person in the world, but I can work hard at it," said Krystal.
Krystal's efforts are paying off. She's been awarded several scholarships, including one stemming from her leadership in Future Farmers of America.
"If you want scholarships you have to go after them. There's a lot out there. A counselor can do only so much," advised Krystal.
The Student Council President takes advanced classes. She hopes younger Cushing students will be encouraged to try the same.
"I know a lot of young students are watching. You have to be aware and set a good example," said Krystal.
Krystal plans to attend one year at Stephen F. Austin State University and then transfer to North Texas State to seek a degree in criminology or political science.