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."