PERSONAL STATEMENT

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Her favorite quote is “IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED BRUSH YOURSELF OFF AND TRY AGAIN.”  This is because Mrs. Thomas has overcome much adversity. Audrey was born in Jamaica WI and was smuggled into the United States at age 10.  She was an illegal alien for nine years and ultimately gained United States citizenship through Ronald Reagan’s amnesty program in 1989.  She survived rape and child molestation.  Audrey gave birth to her first child at age 15.  She has survived adultery, domestic violence, and so many other things that would have ruined any person’s life. Yet, she continues to excel and declares that being targeted made her more compassionate, tolerant and understanding. Audrey often says "The things worth having do not come by struggle.  Success is as simple as choosing to turn and just walk in the other direction."