Had you known her in middle school, skipping school, not caring about grades, hanging with people who were making poor decisions, you would hardly recognize the person she is today. Jhenifer Martinez has come a long way. A significant life event caused her to mature quickly, and strive to be successful. But that goal took hard work, particularly in academic areas. Finding the dedication and perseverance to study was hard; being at school every day, paying attention, and asking for help was even harder. But somehow she managed, and came to understand how important reading was – it brought knowledge, information and success. She is now graduating, and next year she will complete Cosmetology training at Chantilly Academy. While finishing the licensure course, she will begin studies in Business Management at Northern Virginia Community College.