Caring for her sick mother is just the beginning of Tarria Jannette Poplar’s good deeds that earned her nomination for Alabama Public Television’s 2002 Young Heroes Award. Tarria is also an accomplished classical pianist, having performed in Birmingham, Montgomery and Fort Worth, Texas. While Tarria enjoys playing the piano, her main goal in life is to become a medical doctor. This past December, she was invited to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, a program dedicated to helping prepare out nation’s most promising future physicians for the opportunities and responsibilities which lie ahead. Tarria is also an active volunteer at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, at the Alabama Radio Reading Service for The Blind and at Music For Kids. Having survived open heart surgery as a 9-year-old, she has come to understand that our own physical limitations should not ever overshadow our spirit’s potential.