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Canterbury's Alix Burgess: Teen With a Plan

Old-fashioned hard work and taking healthy risks are two ingredients for a successful life, says this Canterbury School of Florida senior.

She's an 18-year-old high school senior at Canterbury School of Florida who loves to sing, act and embrace life with passion and enthusiasm.

"I'm ready to get out there and start figuring out what I'm going to do for the rest of my life," says Alix Burgess. 

Alix seems to have it all, excelling in academics as well as the theater, where she starred in Canterbury's recent musical presentation of "Guys and Dolls."

Her poise and talent stun even those who know her best as a dedicated student and good friend. After being so active during her high school career, Burgess reflects on the lessons learned.

Alix said that cheerleading has helped her become a better leader and theater boosted her confidence, so that she knows "not be afraid of what other people think." That self-awareness is something that many adults fail to find.

She heads to Rollins College in the fall and is savoring life for now with her close friends, whether it's going to the beach or taking part in a hot yoga class.

Alix shows a level of seriousness that comes with focus and maturity. She says that she is mindful of the self-discipline it takes to make it as a successful adult, especially in these difficult economic times, when jobs are not plentiful nor careers guaranteed.

"I believe that to be successful, you have to be a hard worker," Burgess said. "I also believe that you have to take risks in order to get to where you want to be." 

Doreen Brown May 09, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Catch this rising star in anything you can local- because soon you will have just admire her from the seat in your local movie theater!!! The Guys and Dolls production at Canturbury was spectacular, but Alix stood out among the rest. As a former New Yorker, I was wowed at the way she took on the "tawk" ! I wish her much success at Rollins, and hope they can recognize what a gift they are about to receive... hope they will be able to handle the papparatzi!
cherylwithac May 09, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Great story about a privileged girl whose parents were able to send her to a private school. What about writing a story about another teen who is making it despite lack of support and means and who as a result might be going to St. Petersburg College right downtown?
A. D. Burgess May 09, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Thank you Doreen! Thurston and I are so proud of our priveleged daughter and are now going to go roll in all our money. Buh-bye!
A. D. Burgess May 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM
(we can also afford to spell 'privileged' with three Es...)

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