CHS senior sad to say goodbye but eager for future

Freedom New Mexico Nakesha Ross is headed to Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico to major in pre-medicine, and possibly double major in psychology. She said she wants to be a general surgeon or work in a hospital emergency room.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Graduation couldn’t come soon enough for Nakesha Ross. She’s ready to head on to the next chapter of her life. She’ll take her first steps as she walks across the stage today, along with 350 graduates of Clovis High School.

Though the end of this chapter of her life is something she is excited about, Ross said it didn’t come without sadness. As she finished her last days of school, Ross said she, her teachers and her classmates shared tears.

“But they’re good tears,” the 17-year-old said.

Ross attended all 12 grades in the Clovis schools. She attended Mesa Elementary School and Gattis Junior High. She said she looks back on her time in Clovis fondly.

“I already miss it. But I don’t miss the work,” she said.

Ross is headed to Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico to major in pre-medicine, and possibly double major in psychology. She said she wants to be a general surgeon or work in a hospital emergency room.

“I wanted to be a lawyer for a while, but I feel I could help more people being a doctor so I decided I’d rather go that route,” she said.

Her father, Blakey Ross, said he raised his daughter to be confident of herself.

“Growing up, she always talked about being a lawyer and I always told her, whatever you want to do, I will support you 100 percent,” he said.

Ross said she picked up her interest in psychology when she took the class at the high school. She feels studying psychology will help her in her career as a doctor.

“If you don’t understand somebody, you’re not going to know what’s wrong with them,” Ross said.

The biggest change, Ross said, is being away from her family.

“It’s going to be hard being away from my dad. But I’ll make it. There’s holidays,” she said.

Ross said she spent her high school years studying and working with her dad as he coached youth league sports.

Ross was born in Japan while her father was stationed there in the Air Force. The family moved to New Jersey and then to Clovis when she was about 4 years old and Ross considers Clovis home. After finishing college, she said she intends to stay in Albuquerque or come back to Clovis to be near her family.

Dan Replogle, CHS’ senior counselor, said he’s proud of Ross.

“She is a solid, well-rounded young lady with aspirations to do well for herself,” he said.