Poe also excels at academics. He maintains a 3.96 grade point average and is fourth in his class. He has been accepted to the University of Alabama, where he plans to study to be a registered nurse.
These are the things that Poe says he wants to define his life — not that he lost his father when he was 5 or that he found out when he was 14 that he had a debilitating kidney disease.
“I do not want my friends to have sympathy for me,” Poe said. “I do not want to be defined for that in my life.”