Sandra Marshall is a senior at Foley High School in the graduating class of 2019.
During her four years in high school, she was part of the Color Guard all four years, and she was also captain her junior and senior year. She joined the competitive Foley Winter Guard her sophomore year and is now in her third year. She participated in the South Alabama Honor Band her senior year. Her freshman year she competed with the Foley Archery Team, and in her first three years of high school, she took all honors/AP classes. In her free time, Sandra likes to play piano, sing, do makeup on herself and others, watch movies and hang out with her friends.
What extracurricular activities to you participate in?
I really wish I participated in more activities throughout high school, but over the past four years, I’ve been part of the Mighty Band from Lion Land’s Color Guard. I think I didn’t do anything else because I was and still am so passionate about Color Guard. I plan on joining an independent Winter Guard after I graduate.
What do you miss most about being a kid?
Well, when you’re a kid, you really don’t have to worry that much about bills and being responsible, and you never see how mean people can be. I feel like as a child, I was so happy and was never stressed. The number one thing I definitely miss the most is nap time. I wish we had nap time in high school, because I could always use a good nap.
What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
When I was younger, I always wanted to be a cosmetologist. I wanted to cut hair, do makeup, paint people’s nails, just EVERYTHING. Well one day, I decided to cut my hair. It wasn’t horrible, and it wasn’t a lot of hair. But then I decided to cut my little sister’s hair. It was horrible, and I got in SO much trouble. It wasn’t the first or last time I did it either. I know how to properly cut hair now, so I don’t get into any more trouble with scissors at this point.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
I would probably have to say my grandmother, who passed away before I was born. I always hear stories of what an amazing woman she was and how she was so sweet and caring to my older sisters and the rest of the family.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I really would like to learn how to play acoustic guitar and cello. I’ve always been fascinated by both instruments. I have access to an acoustic guitar, so I really just need someone to teach me how to play it. I’d have to look into finding somewhere to learn cello.
What was an experience that made you a stronger person?
My sophomore year of high school, I lost one of my teammates who was also one of my best friends. It was so unexpected. I don’t remember what our last words were to each other, but losing her made me a stronger person. I came to realize that you never know when you’re going to lose someone, so you need to cherish every moment you have with them.
Who would you like to thank and why?
I would like to thank my mom. She has been here for me the past 17 years of my life, even though it has been so difficult. My mom, despite having a rare disease, never stops taking care of me and my sister. She is always her for us and taking care of us, constantly making sure we have everything we need. She never stops believing in me. Thank you, Mom!
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I changed my mind so much as a kid on what I wanted to do when I grew up. First, I wanted to be a cosmetologist, which hasn’t really changed, and then I wanted to be a female wrestler. I grew up watching WWE, and I just became obsessed with wrestling. Then for the longest time I wanted to be an actress, and part of me still wants to be one. Now, I’m pretty set on being a nurse.
What are your post graduation plans?
After graduation, I’m taking a plane back with my sisters and Dad to California, where I am originally from, and they are also coming down for my graduation! Once I come back from California, I plan on taking my basic classes at Coastal Community College and then transferring to South Alabama to study nursing. I would also like to join the South Alabama Jaguar Color Guard and Winter Guard.
The best advice I would give a 10-year-old me would be….?
Never give up. That sounds a little cheesy, but I would’ve needed to hear that when I was ten. At that age, I had just moved from California to Alabama, leaving all my family behind. I really thought I’d never see them again, but I did. I also never thought I would have such amazing and supportive friends. I would also tell 10-year-old me to go for it and pursue your dreams, because you’ll make it.