California State University, Northridge
Recipient, William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement
Jayna Armstrong faced challenges both at home and school early in life. Alcoholism took a toll on her family, resulting in its dissolution, and Jayna subsequently began to struggle academically. In addition, it was discovered that she had dyslexia. Once her condition was diagnosed, Jayna was placed in special education classes, and her performance improved. However, her family situation got worse. By junior high, Jayna was practically living on her own and became addicted to drugs. Still, in spite of her hardships, Jayna recognized the importance of education. Today, she is majoring in art with an emphasis in animation at CSU Northridge while also providing a stable home for her son. She hopes to use her animation skills to teach photosynthesis and amphibian life cycles to children, and to write and illustrate children’s stories.