The Exchange Club of Tifton recently presented the 2019 Accepting the Challenge of Excellence (A.C.E.) Award to Tift County High School senior Kirsten Flinn. She was presented with a plaque and check from the Club. Kirsten lost her best friend to a medical condition while she was a junior in high school. It was a very difficult thing to navigate, especially as a 17-year-old. Kirsten sort of quit caring and somewhat gave up on school. But she soon realized that is not what her best friend would have done or wanted her to do.
Once becoming a senior, Kirsten made an effort to get more involved in her community and her school and really live life. While schoolwork is still very important, it is the relationships and time with friends and family that Kirsten really wants to cultivate. She said those are more important that always being the best, because you really don’t know how long you have left in this world. Kirsten has been accepted to Georgia Tech and is currently waiting to hear from the University of Georgia and Emory University. She is majoring in Applied Biotechnology and wants to work in environmental science or agriculture.