Kyana Wood is a seventeen-year-old female from Concord, North Carolina and a senior at Cabarrus Charter Academy. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Wood Jr of Kannapolis. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Buford Bost, members of Ebenezer AME Zion Church in Midland, North Carolina who resided in Concord, North Carolina. She is also the granddaughter of the late Betty Wood who attended Bethel AME Zion Church in Kannapolis, North Carolina where she resided.
Going to college has always been in Kyana’s life plans. At the young age of 3 months old, Kyana received open heart surgery, ultimately putting restraints on her capabilities further down the line. Through all the adversity and hardships, she has faced, she continues to keep her head high, remains humble, and is determined to beat the odds. As the beginning of her senior year came near, she set the goals of being accepted into 35 colleges and having 1 million dollars in scholarships. With hard work, patience, faith, and effort she was able to achieve and exceed her goal. As of today, she has applied to 70 colleges and universities, has been accepted into 60 of them, and has been waitlisted for 3 including Howard University and Chapel Hill. She has been offered over 1.5 million dollars in scholarships from multiple schools. The schools she have been accepted to included Western Carolina, Campbell University, East Carolina University, Meredith College, Norfolk State University, Johnson and Wales, Bowie State University, Johnson C Smith University, Winston Salem State University, North Carolina State, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T, Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Xavier University, Arizona State University, Birmingham Southern, Temple University, West Virginia State University, Virginia Union, Xavier University of Louisiana, Elizabeth City State, St Augustine, University of South Carolina, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Sweet Briar College, Gwynedd Mercy, Appalachian State, Roanoke College, Central State University, Salem College, Long Island University, Oklahoma State University, George Mason, Old Dominion, Hollins University, Greensboro College, Saint Leo University, UNCC, University of Pittsburgh, Shaw University, Fayetteville State, Wingate University, UNC Pembroke, UNCG, and many more.
Other than setting herself up for a successful future, she is also very involved in her school and community. She participates in 3 varsity sports including Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball. She has received her silver award in Troop 1486 in Girl Scouts. She is a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Concord, North Carolina where she participated in youth group. She is a board member of the Cabarrus County 4-H. Lastly, she also has her own business named KK Jewels. In school, she is the
Valedictorian of her class with a grade point average of 4.4, and she is Student Body President and Homecoming Queen. Kyana has also started her own tutoring program at Cabarrus Charter where two days a week she tutors students in grades K-8.. Her childhood summer camp ran by Calvin Reid at Grace Lutheran is what sparked the idea and motivation to create her own program that leads to educational success for the youth. She also has done extravagant things outside of high school. She is also a student at Rowan Cabarrus Community College where she will be graduating in May with her associate in science.
Kyana says “The successes I have achieved in life can be attributed to the guidance of the Lord. Through prayer, mentorship, and faith, I have been able to move forward with confidence and conviction. I am very grateful for the blessings of the Lord and in all the ways He has led me to success. I pray that I can continue to honor Him and live a life that reflects His will and glory.”