Trenton High School graduate Natalie Dumais has her eyes set on the bright lights of New York City.
Dumais, 19, graduated at the top of her class in 2011 and planned to attend the University of Michigan. Though Dumais was accepted, she traded the big campus life in Ann Arbor for the small class sizes and personal touch of the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit.
Dumais received a full scholarship to study nursing at Detroit Mercy--where her mother and brother are alumni. She is currently working towards a master's degree in anesthesiology.
"I like Detroit Mercy because it's a really small school," Dumais said. "The classes are smaller then they were at Trenton High School. The professors all know me by my first name."
Dumais currently lives with her parents in Trenton, but has her sights set on the greatest city in the world--New York, NY.
Dumais said she would like to move to New York after she finishes school.
"I just want to live in a bigger city where there might be more opportunities," Dumais said.
While the bright lights of New York are a beacon of opportunity for Dumais, she said she will miss her first home and Trenton High School.
Dumais completed her Trenton High School career at the top of the class, ranking 1 of 252 students. She had a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. She participated in several extracurricular activities including student council, National Honors Society, spanish club and cross country--to name a few.