Lizzie Sevilla Acosta has a servant’s heart, and her actions during her tenure at Harding University High show that she values acts of service. “We all have qualities that make us special,'' said Sevilla Acosta. “But one of the things that my counselor told me when she nominated me for this is that I'm always there to help her whenever she needs help.”
That helpfulness is one of her greatest strengths, according to Harding counselor LaToya Gettings. Language is another strength for the star student, who is originally from Honduras. “She aids the Student Services department by working with incoming English Learner students, translating for students when needed and serving as a mentor,” said Gettings.
Sevilla Acosta is precocious, developing leadership skills after entering high school at just 13 years old. At Harding, she served on the student council and advocated for her fellow peers.
She has also helped send cards to children in hospitals, using digital technology, to bring smiles to patients' faces.
Now, at barely 17, Sevilla Acosta looks upon graduation from Harding with optimism for her future. “It is up to you to decide how your future will look,” she said.
She gives credit for helping shape her future to her mother. “My mother, she gave up everything for me to be here. So I'm really thankful that I have the opportunity to graduate high school, and I feel like all of that is thanks to her and her sacrifices,” said Sevilla Acosta. “I am really grateful.”
She plans to stay in North Carolina and attend college.