One local student is telling her story all the way to Harvard


Tiesha Whitfield – used with permission

ZACHARY, La. (BRPROUD) – Did you know that Harvard University only accepted 3.43% of applicants for the Class of 2025?

One of that small percentage of students is from Zachary and her name is Ashley Johnson.

Where to start?

The Zachary High student is one of less than 2,000 students out of 57,435 in the Class of 2025 that will be heading to Cambridge.

Johnson is the 2021 Student of the Year at Zachary High School.

The 2021 Student of the Year earned a 5.0 GPA.

Johnson was recently recognized by the Zachary Community School Board.

While deciding where to go to school, Johnson received 18 scholarship offers totaling $2,053,428.00.

Johnson is getting a full ride scholarship along with a relocation stipend to Harvard.

The day that Johnson found out she was accepted to Harvard will forever be remembered in the video below:

The schools that Johnson was considering include a who’s who of universities throughout the country:

  • Harvard University
  • Xavier University
  • Fordham University
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Missouri
  • DePaul University
  • St. Xavier University
  • University of San Francisco
  • Loyola University
  • Le Monye College
  • Millsaps College
  • Centenary College of Louisiana
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • University of Chicago
  • Washington University

When asked what kind of advice Ashley would give to others, her mom said, “Legacy! I’ve taught them to have a lasting impact on your community.”

As for what Johnson plans to study at Harvard, Johnson’s mom says Major Government and Political Science with a minor in African American Studies.

Ashley’s favorite subject is History and her favorite musical is Hamilton.

Lin-Manuel Miranda says in Hamilton, “History is entirely created by the person who tells the story.”

Ashley Johnson is telling her story and we look forward to seeing what it leads to in the future.

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