BONIFAY - Bonifay Elementary School fourth grader Jayla Ryals was recently praised by Senator Don Gaetz as being "one of the highest performing students in our state" and "among the very best in Holmes County" in regards to her FCAT scores.
Jayla is the daughter of Jimmy and Stacie Ryals.
"I do well because my mom and dad help me," said Jayla. "They tell me there is nothing more important than an education. They say I'm not allowed to date until after college."
Her father was beaming with pride for his daughter's achievements.
"Education is the most important thing in the world and for her it comes as easy as breathing," said Jimmy. "We're not a rich family but we are rich in love and this is her ticket to brighter future. I'm so proud of her it makes my heart break."
She said that reading is her favorite subject and when she grows up she wants to be a veterinarian or a lawyer.
"I'd also like to thank my teacher, Mrs. Dawn Hersman, for teaching me with so much patience and kindness," said Jayla. "Everyone can do it with help from family and the school."