Middle school memories are bittersweet for Merissa. Coming into sixth grade she was having issues adapting to the changes of a new school.
Merissa was struggling with low motivation due to depression, her grades were slipping, and she had a lot of anxiety.
However, that all changed once Merissa joined Highfields' Reaching Higher program.
Merissa is currently a 17 year-old senior at Springport High School, and she is a mentor for the middle school students in Reaching Higher.
When she thinks back to her middle school years, she says it started out rough, but once she began going to Reaching Higher it made a significant impact on her life. She wanted to become a mentor to give back to the program that had given her so much.