One of GMC-Valdostaís most interesting and unique students is SGA President Kim James. Born and raised in Venezuela, Her mother is a Valdosta native who met Kimís father, Daniel, while he was in pilot training at Moody Air Force Base from the Venezuelan Air Force. They married and moved to Venezuela where they remain still.
Kim lived in Venezuela until she was 17 when the political climate had deteriorated to the point that her parents were concerned for her future. They worried that she would not have educational opportunities that would allow her to pursue the career of her choice, so they packed her off to South Georgia. Because Kimís mother is an American, and her Father is Venezuelan, Kim holds dual citizenship, which made her transition to Georgia easier.
Kim arrived in Lakeland, Georgia during the summer of 2006 and entered Lanier County high school as a senior where she became involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and played on the tennis team. She lived with her cousin, with whom she had become close through Kimís many visits to the states. The transition from South America to her home in Lakeland with her cousin was very natural and helped to minimize feelings of homesickness. It also helped that she is a member of a well-rounded family, her brother lives in Munich, Germany and her sister is in California.
Senior of high school is a time of great celebration and ease for many students, but not so for Kim. That year presented Kim with numerous challenges. Although Kim spoke English fluently, she could neither read nor write the language. After an extraordinary amount of effort and much to her credit, she diligently caught and surpassed most of her peers by the end of the school year.
Entering GMC in the fall of 2007, she jumped in with both feet and quickly became involved with numerous student clubs and activities. She has been a member of the adventure club, environmental club and history club and is now the acting president of SGA. Kim is an icon of sorts on the Valdosta Campus and we look forward to great things from her in the future.