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Meet Ashley Thompson: Birmingham's Rising Star Student

September 1, 2016

Student: Ashley Thompson

MiLB: Birmingham Barons

Agency: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham

College: University of Montevallo


Little Sister Ashley didn't have an easy childhood. She was quiet and shy. She was raised by her grandparents, without her parents. She was held back in school. But she has refused to let those things define her. She was matched with her Big Sister eight years ago. Together, they visited book stores, went to the movies, and cheered on their favorite baseball teams.

Now, she is heading to the University of Montevallo with an academic scholarship. Her Big Sister could not be more proud. "I have watched Ashley develop into an intelligent, dependable, caring, and hardworking young woman," she says. "She excelled academically in high school, joined the band, found her passion for art, and worked part-time."