Heather Shepard came to North Central Texas Academy at Happy Hill Farm from a turbulent home life. Though Heather was a gifted student, her academic record wasn’t great, but she quickly got down to work. Not only did she become an honors student, but she also found time to be involved at the top level of sports, Youth in Government, and a variety of extracurricular activities.

Heather not only succeeded at NCTA, but she also went on to the U.S. Air Force Academy, from which she graduated in 2014. “I know that a piece of me will always be at the Academy, just as it is at Happy Hill Farm,” she writes. “Two fine institutions have given me a chance to succeed at whatever my heart desires, and for that I will forever be grateful. Thank you for helping me to achieve my dreams.”