In a press statement issued Friday, FHS Guidance Counselor Ale Massenburg said, “He is the first student since I have been at FHS to have been accepted into this many colleges and earned this huge amount of scholarship money by himself.”
More scholarship money is scheduled to arrive in the near future. He aspires to work in the field of computer engineering in the future.
Lyons applied to Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Richmond, and George Mason University using the Common Application and Coalition Application, but she still had to write a lot of essays.
Lyons’ senior year may be summarized in one word: discipline.
Lyons remarked, “I just have to stay humble about it because my journey is just beginning.”
He stated that he began applying in August of 2020.
“I would log on to school in the morning until around 12 [pm] and then work on college applications,” Lyons explained.
He accomplished this while balancing dual credit college courses, sports, and other extracurricular activities.
He put in a lot of time filling out applications and preparing essays. Every step of the way, his counselor was there to help him.
“He was very serious about meeting his deadlines,” Massenburg added.
Even though it was stressful, the senior kept his focus on the objective.
Lyons explained, “I had to visualize my future.” “When I didn’t feel like doing the work, I had to push through it.”
The student stated that he had not anticipated winning so many scholarships.
He ultimately chose VCU, which bestowed a $30,000 VCU Engineering Progressive Award on him.
Lyons has nothing but positive reviews from the Franklin administration and instructors.
“We know Sam’s going to do great things. Sam has proved that it’s cool to be smart,” remarked Principal Travis Felts. “He’s self-motivated, determined, he’s serious about academics.”
He was described by Felts as a man who spoke few words but did a lot of things.
“Sam is one of the most mature and focused students I have ever had the privilege to work with. He demonstrates a passion for learning and furthering his own growth,” Brandon Lilley, FHS Dual Enrollment Anatomy & Physiology Teacher, stated. “He is going to move on and accomplish great things, and I can’t wait to see what follows in the next chapter of his life.”
“When I think of Samuel Lyons, I think of the following quote from T. D. Jakes, ‘Destiny is not for comfort seekers. Destiny is for the daring and determined who are willing to endure some discomfort, delay gratification, and go where destiny leads,’ said FHS Computer Information Systems Teacher Shonna Rawlings. “Samuel is a very hard-working, persistent, and reliable young man. He has served as the Vice President of FBLA for the past two years and has also been one of my business students. Samuel is not one who cares about instant gratification. He is one who puts in the work, no matter what to accomplish his goals. I believe he is destined for a successful future because of this. I am so proud of his many accomplishments.”
Lyons said he couldn’t have done it without the help of his parents, teachers and coaches, his counselor, and God as he turns his tassel to the next chapter.
“I want to thank everybody because it’s been a journey,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be successful and see my hard work pay off.”