Having attended Bulloch Academy since pre-kindergarten, Kaylee Sheppard almost took a different path as she entered high school.
“I had some friends who transferred to different schools when we were in the ninth grade,” said the 18-year old daughter of Bill and Cindy Sheppard. “I really wasn’t sure if I was doing the right thing by staying at Bulloch Academy.”
But the young woman voted “Most Likely To Succeed” by her classmates wouldn’t trade any of the academic, athletic or other successes and experiences that she has had at Bulloch Academy.
“I am so glad I stayed,” said the valedictorian of the 33-member class. “The smallness of the classes makes everyone grow really close. If I had gone to a bigger school, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the chance to play sports. Everyone needs the chance to experience being a part of a team and playing a high school sport.”
The Scholar-Athlete and Honor Graduate not only played soccer and ran cross country and track but also found time to be a leader in the school and through the Hugh O’Brian Program (HOBY).
As a sophomore, she attended the state HOBY program as an ambassador. Last year, she was a Junior Staff member at the state HOBY program and went to the World Leadership Congress at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This summer, she will again be a Junior Staff member at the state conference.
“I love doing community service,” said the Y-Club president. “It just feels so right to help others. I have worked at the Boys and Girls Club and the First Methodist Church Soup Kitchen.”
Amid the academics, athletics and co-curricular events, the 2010 Class AA state literary champion has always found time to ride horses.
“I always make time for horse riding,” said the oldest of four children. “I love it so much.”
The Youth Leadership Bulloch graduate is a two-time Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) zone and national finalist and has won many regional titles in show jumping and hunt seat.
Kaylee will soon be headed to the University of Georgia but she will never forget the years spent at Bulloch Academy.
“I’m excited about graduating and going to college but there is a little grief,” she said. “Graduation will be bittersweet. Bulloch Academy is my home. I will definitely miss this place. I’ve had some great teachers, learned a lot and had some great experiences. It’s full of good memories for me.”