HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - Tragedy often directs our paths and that's exactly what it's done for a Hartsville High School student. Mazorine Boyce, 16, strolls through the isles in the library at Hartsville High School knowing exactly who she is and where she's headed.
"Mazorine is the type of girl that, she doesn't know when to back down from a challenge, she's always ready to take on whatever it is that's going to face her," said the 10th grader about herself. Boyce faced the death of her brother at 11 years old. He was in the Navy and was murdered, but his death has helped shape her path, with goals of becoming a homicide detective someday.
"Ever since then, I've been passionate to give justice to people that deserve it," said Boyce, who is in the Junior ROTC program and wants to follow in his footsteps. She's also inspired by her mother who is a minister and has taught her words to live by.
"My mom has taught me to live by Philippians 4:13, and I always go by that scripture and I tell everybody that I know I can't do nothing unless I put God into it," she said.
The 10th grader plays basketball as a hobby and is involved in Cypress Adventure, a local club where she mentors younger students.
"We're all mentoring each other, we're learning from each other on how to be a better person in life," she says.
She's an a B student with her sights set on the future, enjoying life as it comes. And a special Happy Birthday to Boyce. She turns 17 Saturday January 9, 2016.