Northwest Steele Graduation 2018: Compton excels as the Woman of Steele

Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Valdedictorian Adia Compton. Messenger photo by Joe Duty, design by Joy Carrico

Unlike her favorite Avenger, the Scarlet Witch, Adia Compton doesn’t possess the telekinesis powers to move things with her mind. But the Steele High School valedictorian has tapped into her brilliant mind to achieve a pretty impressive feat.

Compton, who will lead the Steele Class of 2018 through graduation June 1 at Northwest High School’s Performing Arts Center, has already received her associate degree. Compton is the daughter of Becky and Kenny Compton.

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“As part of the collegiate academy at Steele, I’m graduating with my associate and that was my focus graduating with my associate at the same time I’m graduating high school.”

Her college degree is a general associate of arts.

Earning the two-year college degree was her focus over being valedictorian, which has been a nice surprise.

“It means a lot. You put in so much time and effort and it really paid off,” Compton said. “I’ve done so much more than I ever thought I could. If you went back and told middle school me that you would graduate with your associate and be No. 1 in your class, I probably would have laughed at you and said there’s no way. It’s nice to see how far you can go, if you try to apply yourself.”

Along with helping her with her goal of getting her associate, Compton said Steele was a perfect fit for her.

“I’m an introvert and Steele is really small. Our entire senior class is 21 people total,” Compton said. “I wanted something small. When I first heard that I could get my associate degree, I thought that would be pretty cool to tell people, ‘Hey, look what I did.'”

Compton is headed to North Central University in Minneapolis, Minn. She plans to double major in theology and English with a focus on creative writing. Compton hopes to become an author.

“I want to write novels. My favorite genre is fantasy/science fiction,” Compton said. “I wanted to be an author since I was in the third grade.”

She’s already had a piece published in a local magazine. She also earned top 10 at nationals in flash fiction in a Christian Fine Arts competition.

While prepping for her first novel, she’ll have more time to work on the telekinesis.

“It’s more for laziness. I wish I could clean my room just laying in bed,” Compton said.

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