WAFF 48 Star Student: Shayla Holman

Shayla Holman loves to sing, and she's been at it for a while.

"Probably since I could talk," said Holman.

This Hartselle Junior High 7th grader admits she really likes Taylor Swift's music, but there is only one singer who really has her heart.

"I like Justin Bieber," said Holman.

This certainly is not a surprise.

However, what may surprise you is Shayla's dedication to preparing for a successful future. This 12-year-old is gearing up to take the ACT. Duke University chose her to take it based on her SAT scores, which were in the 97th percentile.

She has made all A's since kindergarten.

"I know if I make a B, my mom will probably get really mad, so I try to do my homework and get it done," said Holman.

Shayla also loves to dance.

"This year, I'm doing jazz, ballet, pointe, and hip hop," said Holman.

That's not all. She's also involved in her church youth group at First Baptist Church in Decatur. In fact, as part of the group, she's been on several mission projects.

Speaking of helping others, this American Red Cross certified babysitter helps her parents by occasionally watching her little brother.

"He's a little bit of a handful because he's 3 and oh, he's crazy sometimes," said Holman.

"She is so helpful. She's a leader. She takes initiative, and she's so well behaved," said teacher Sarah Wiley.

English is Shayla's favorite class, but pre-algebra? Not so much.

"So far, I don't think numbers and letters should go together," said Holman.

She wants to be either a famous singer or a veterinarian when she grows up. However, for now, she's just happy to add WAFF 48 Star Student to her already impressive resume.

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