Rhiannon Ferguson – Akins High School, Austin, TX

Rhiannon Ferguson – E4 Youth | LinkedIn

Rhiannon reflects on her senior year at Akins High School as a pivotal turning point in her life and creative career. Dealing with social phobia worsened by the return to in-person classes post-COVID, fell into a cycle of depression and nearly dropped out. But being appointed editor-in-chief of the yearbook and designer, alongside supportive teachers, pushed her to face her fears. Through painting murals, designing the yearbook, and even publishing her own children’s book, she found her confidence, proving that Akins was more than just a school—it was where she found her creative voice and began to conquer her mental health challenges.