If Warner Brothers studio ever needed a new “Wonder Woman” for a reboot, it may want to consider Rayleigh Hart as an ideal candidate.
If Warner Brothers studio ever needed a new “Wonder Woman” for a reboot, it may want to consider Rayleigh Hart as an ideal candidate. The 18-year-old, who graduated both from Garrett Memorial on Sunday and the University of Arkansas at Hope on May 8, has managed to achieve in the past 12 months, what takes many her age two or three years.
And, with over $54,000 in scholarships, Hart appears to have a bright future ahead. So, what else has Hart been up to? Other than heading Garrett’s Class of 2018 as its Valedictorian with a perfect 4.00 mark?
The Garrett graduation ceremony this past Sunday was actually Hart’s second graduation this month; she also graduated from the University of Arkansas at Hope with her Associate Degree of Arts as a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students.
In an interview Sunday, Hart said “It has definitely been a busy year, and I’ve definitely had a lot of help. A lot of help from my family; my school has helped me out a lot.”
Outgoing Garrett Memorial Administrator Jimmy Walker has not been surprised by Hart’s successes as he said Tuesday, “She was just a go-getter; everything Rayleigh did, she did with excellence. She was never going to settle for a 98 or 99 in a class, if she could score a 100. She looked for perfection in everything she did.”
“And, it was not only academics, whether it was sports or anything she was doing, she wanted to give her very best, and it has paid off for her,” Walker said.
On Sunday, Hart herself said, “I consider myself a perfectionist; I don’t halfway do anything, and always give my best in every thing I do.”
Hart also said, “I was always in the school office — not in trouble — but getting help. Everyone around me has been so supportive.”
Walker laughed, saying “I don’t know that I actually helped; Rayleigh was one of those persons that was always asking questions, things like ‘What can I do better?’ or ‘How can I better think through this?’ And, she was coming up with ideas on her own, but she was always asking ‘Is this the right way?’ She was a very sharp individual.”
“She always had a high expectation for herself, and at Garrett Memorial, we try to instill in our students the idea of excellence in everything they do; we believe that God does that as well through Scripture. I think that is something that she just grabbed on to very early on,” Walker said, noting Hart’s seven years at the school.
Earlier in May, Hart was also named as a DAR Citizen of Year, along with two other students, by the Daughters of the American Revolution, John Cain Chapter.
And, in January, as a starter on the Lady Saints basketball team, Hart had a career day, scoring 31 points to lift Garrett to a 44-36 victory over Providence. She earned All-District Honors in basketball, and she also played softball and volleyball for the Lady Saints.
“I coached her a couple of years, but same thing there on the basketball court. She looked for excellence. She would dive all over the floor for basketballs; in volleyball, the same thing. She was going to lead the team in that way,” Walker said.
Going back to the start of the school year in September 2017, Hart was also named Miss Nevada County, a title she has carried ever since and will continue until the next Miss Nevada County pageant later this year. With those responsibilities, Hart has been in numerous parades and civic functions over the past eight months.
And Sunday, there she was again as leader in her graduating class and giving a speech as the Valedictorian.
Hart’s next journey will take her to Arkansas Tech in Russellville, where she plans on majoring in Accounting and Finance with the ultimate goal of attending law school.
If Hart does as well in the next 18 years as she done in the first 18, Hart could very well be a future Miss Arkansas or a future Governor of Arkansas, which ever place she gets to first.