Q&A with Heights Grad Jimmie Hicks III

Jimmie Hicks III

What’s your major?
Public relations. 

How about your dream job after graduation?
To represent the Walt Disney Company, doing media and community relations.

Do you have a favorite memory or two from Boulevard Elementary?
My third grade teacher, Mrs. Axner, reminded me of Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus books. She turned science and history into adventures. In fifth grade, I went to France for two weeks in Boulevard’s exchange program. That was amazing.

What did you learn at Heights High that prepared you for college?
I loved being in the small schools. Mine was R.E.A.L. and I got great real life experiences, including interning at Channel 3 News, and working in the school district’s PR department. A video I made about Heights High still gets shown on cable. Those experiences shaped my career goals. I had tough courses ― one of my college science classes duplicated what I’d learned in my senior biology class.

What did you enjoy most at Heights?
We had teachers and administrators who listened to us. We held a peaceful demonstration to support our favorite counselor, Ms. Blockson, who was being let go due to the budget. Not only did the school board retain her, but they reformed some things in the guidance department. It was great to know our voices were heard! I was senior class president, and got to make a speech at graduation, and played football and lacrosse. 

What advice would you give current Heights High students?
Make friends! I have a network of people I’m in touch with ― we give each other tips on jobs. It’s good to be goal-oriented, but don’t let that stand in the way of getting to know lots of different people. High school is a sweet time. Enjoy it!

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