Standing tall … with a little help

From the Register-Mail:

It’s not easy to stand out in a crowd of 267 teenagers wearing identical black graduation gowns.

Especially when you measure 4-foot-10 in heels.

But Jessica Dailey managed to do exactly that before Sunday’s ceremony in Galesburg High School’s Roland O. Hegg Auditorium. And the 18-year-old wasn’t tall just because of her 3.5 grade-point average or the medals around her neck signifying the fact she was George Washington Gale Scholar, member of the Spanish National Honor Society and National Honor Society.

Dailey said she almost always made good grades. Yet along the way, she learned part of being a “smart kid” was the realization she needed support from a wide array of sources. In her words, she “couldn’t do everything” by herself.

Dailey recalled the day she interviewed for Gale Scholar distinction, an honor that would allow her to attend Carl Sandburg College and Knox College. He brother, Cody, had earned the honor before her.