SURRATTSVILLE – Brittany Hume-Dawson is the baby in her family and has waited for her time to graduate for “what seems like forever,” but when she graduated on May 23 she did it in style – as Surrattsville High School’s valedictorian.
Dawson is something of an all-star at her high school after she came into the school as a sophomore determined to make an impact and be involved.
“I came here as a sophomore and I knew I wanted to be involved,” she said. “I immediately turned in a student government association (application) and I got the position of assistant secretary and I’ve been in that organization three years and I’m now the president.”
And that isn’t the only club she’s in or only title she holds. Dawson is on the varsity tennis team, participates in mock trial, is the vice president of the National Honor Society, a peer mediator, the vice president of Students Leaders and a cadet in the junior ROTC program where she serves as a public affairs officer and executive officer.
“She’s just always been impressive. That’s the word for it,” said Kirsten Simpkins, a professional school counselor at Surrattsville. “She’s impressive as a young person. She always follows through. She’s motivated. She inspires other students. She’s just always on point.”
Dawson also shines academically. She graduated with a 4.25 grade point average after taking five Advanced Placement classes, juggling her extra curriculars, taking duel enrollment classes at Joint Base Andrews and holding a job at KFC.
With all of that on her resume, it is no surprise she earned several scholarships including a full ride to Alabama State, where she will attend in the fall.
“It was a lot of early mornings, long nights, but it all paid off and I didn’t come into high school with the goal of valedictorian. I just wanted to be in the top 1 percent,” she said.
At Alabama State, Dawson plans to study biology and pre-medicine in hopes of someday being a pediatrician. She has always enjoyed working with children, but said she “doesn’t have what it takes” to be a teacher.
“I’m the youngest, so people were always guiding me. So, to have the opportunity to teach children and make an impact on their lives and then, as a doctor, heal them,” she said. “In a way it’s giving back.”
It is because of that caring nature and Dawson’s laser focus on what she wants to accomplish, never letting anyone pull her down, that Simpkins believes Dawson will excel and one day be on the cover of a magazine as the best local pediatrician.
“That’s where I always go for my doctors and I see her featured there. I see her tied to her Alabama State and having an impact on her community, because I know the impact she has had here. She didn’t demand that other students do well, she was just so amazing I think she encouraged other students,” Simpkins said. “I’ve been blessed for two years to know her and to watch her.”
Even beyond education and awards, Simpkins said she sees Dawson adding something amazing to her community – which is something Dawson said she wants to be known for.
“I always say that I wish they knew me for something else (other than academics,)” she said. “I want them to know me as a positive person, a woman of faith, and just a helper – someone they can come to when they need help.”