Senior Spotlight: Ana Richardson

Ana Richardson is one of Soddy Daisy High School’s amazing seniors this school year. Ana will be attending the University of Pennsylvania on a 4 year full ride scholarship where she will be double majoring in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in Korean.

When asked about her time at SDHS and her plans for the future, Ana stated, “I am currently co-Head Captain of the SDHS Forensics team and have received a few accolades on the district and state levels—the most recent of which is our district’s Best Actress for the One Act play! I am a member of the National Speech and Debate Association and was secretary of the school’s Interact Club last year. I am also a QuestBridge Scholar/College Match Scholarship Recipient for the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. The scholarship UPenn has granted me, personally, is a “full-ride” that Penn will provide for all four years in accordance with continued exemplary behavior and academic standing.

I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to become a QuestBridge Scholar thanks to the invaluable support of Mrs. Martin and Mr. Stone. I hope that more of SDHS’s to-be FGLI* students take advantage of the program and utilize all of its resources—it’s really worth it!

I’ve always been determined to go to law school, so my current plan is to double major in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in Korean; I recently learned, however, that I want to do work in international trade law, so I may switch one of these with PPE (Philosophy Politics and Economy)!

I am most excited to live in the racially and socioeconomically diverse city of Philadelphia, which will (thankfully) be a very different experience from living in Chattanooga for 18 years. 56% of US citizens/permanent residents accepted to UPenn this year identify as a person of color and 11% of accepted students are international.”

She is excited to live in a new and more diverse area and looks forward to learning about a new perspective. 

 “Diverse perspective is essential to reforming, creating, and sustaining policy that benefits the oppressed and underprivileged. Penn and Philadelphia will expose me to the perspective necessary to pursue a career in politics/diplomacy.” 

*First-Generation/Low-Income; First-generation meaning “the first in their families to go to college.