Collegiate High student loves a good challenge

Katie Tammen | Northwest Florida Daily News

When Arden Robertson thinks about the future, she’s full of hope and certainty.

She hopes to be a forensic accountant for a military contractor, and she’s certain her faith, family and belief in herself will see her through any challenges.

“I’m a very ‘I see the light at the end of the tunnel type person,’ ” the 16-year-old Collegiate High School senior said. “School’s always been something I have to work at … but I believe that’s helped me in life.”

Arden changed elementary and middle schools several times before finding her place at Collegiate. She skipped ninth grade and has spent the last three years taking college courses at Northwest Florida State.

In addition to maintaining a perfect grade point average, Arden has volunteered at a local women’s shelter, was named the 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Okaloosa County and participated on NWF State’s dance team, the Raider Rhythms.

In just a few months her philosophy to “go for it” will be tested again as she heads either to the University of Florida or Texas A&M University to finish both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees before her 21st birthday.

In spite of the task before her, the math lover said she’s not too worried.

“I love a good challenge,” she said.

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