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Celebrating 12 Amazing Emerging Leaders in RUSD

02/01/2019

As we celebrate Black History Month, we want to recognize future leaders within RUSD. We are very honored to present these students who exhibit leadership in their schools and community and serve as role models for our younger students. We are looking forward to seeing the great things that each of them will accomplish!

Naomi Lewis, Case High School, Grade 12

Favorite quote: “Disregard haters, acquire the currency.”

Hopes and dreams: To attend a university and study engineering.

Advice for elementary school students: Pursue something you love and never give up on yourself.

 

 

 

Koffi Koudahenou, Case High School, Grade 11

Favorite Quote: "You don't need everyone to love you, just a few good people."- Charity Barnum

Hopes and dreams: I hope to be successful in the future. I don't need to be rich to consider myself successful - I just need to be proud of who I became.

Advice to elementary school students: Don’t rush to get older. Enjoy the little moments! Have fun, be a kid! It’s the fun childhood memories you remember the most when you get older.

 

 

 

Stephon Chapman, Horlick High School, Grade 12

Favorite Quote: “Nothing in life comes easy.”

Hopes and dreams:  I hope to continue both my athletic and academic careers in college and get a good degree in communication.

Advice to elementary school students: Get your time management skills together so further down the road you will be prepared.

 

 

Jordann Ellison, Horlick High School, Grade 12

Favorite Quote: “The major value you get in life is not in what you get, it’s in what you become.”

Hopes and dreams: To be better than what’s expected.

Advice to elementary school students: Stay out of trouble, stay educated and do your best.

 

 

 

Jaylen Boykin, Park High School, Grade 12

Favorite Quote: “Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, let go of what you can’t change.”

Hopes and dreams: I hope to become a pediatrician for a children’s hospital.

Advice to elementary school students: Enjoy being young and explore all aspects of life.

 

 

 

 

Jarrel Campbell, Park High School, Grade 11

Favorite Quote: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy

Hopes and dreams: I want to leave a great legacy at Park and wherever I go after that.

Advice to elementary school students: Learn to like school, because if you like school, then everything else follows.

 

 

Nobal Days, Park High School, Grade 12

Favorite Quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”  - Tim Notke

Hopes and dreams: I plan to become a professional basketball player and business owner.

Advice to elementary school students: Stay on top of your books because that helps create good habits at an early age. It is good to make these habits early because if you fall behind in high school at the start, it will be an uphill battle the rest of the way.

 

 

Mya James, Park High School, Grade 12

Favorite Quote: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” - CS Lewis

Hopes and dreams: I plan to go to law school and become an attorney.

Advice to elementary school students: Always stay motivated, even as things get tough. Never give up.

 

 

 

 

James Stevens, The R.E.A.L. School, Grade 12

Favorite Quote: “Float like a butterfly; sting like a bee.” - Muhammad Ali.  This quote really means a lot to me because greatness can come from anyone and anything. You can have the worst luck and still be able to sting or make it great! So, keep your heads up and float like that butterfly and sting like that bee with a strong finish in life; it’s a guarantee.

Hopes and dreams: My hope for the future is to become a welder…a good one. Pursuing that dream will make me so proud of myself!

Advice to elementary school students: Don’t look at others for your success. They will always fail you. But, if you look at yourself and know what you can do, that’s all the hope and faith that you need!

 

 

Deloris Armstrong, The R.E.A.L. School, Grade 12

Favorite Quote: “When you learn, TEACH. When you get, GIVE.” - Maya Angelou

Hopes and dreams: I want to go straight to college after high school and receive a degree in child development or education. Soon after getting my business licenses, I will open a daycare and eventually have a chain of daycares which will start in the state of Wisconsin. Because I interact with the kids, I’ll teach them about values and life itself. I don’t want to take the place of any parent, but it is always nice to have a helping hand.

Advice to elementary school students: Always ask questions because no question is wrong or crazy. Never give up or leave a peer sad and alone. You don’t have to be friends with everyone, but you do have to be friendly. Lastly, don’t rush to grow up.

 

 

 

Mikayla Brim, Walden III High School, Grade 12

Favorite Quote: “It’s not what you do, but how you do it. It’s not what you see, it’s how you look at it. It’s not how your life is, it’s how you live it.”

Hopes and dreams: I hope to leave an example and legacy behind on the younger generation. I want to inspire people to become strong leaders and let them know that it might not always be easy but to never let anything keep them from reaching their very best.

Advice to elementary school students: Continue to dream and achieve your best and to really embrace who you are. Never change to fit in with someone else. These are some of the most important years of your life. So, continue to live in the moment and make every day better than the last.  

 

 

Dalon Ladale Williams, Walden III High School, Grade 12

Favorite Quote: “Don't let the world define you... people are really eager to put you in a box and categorize you like one particular thing.” -Jonathan Grodd

Hopes and dreams: I do not believe in dreams because I believe dreams are overrated. We live in a society where we hope or dream things will happen when all you have to do is make it happen. Things in life do not come to you in your dreams, because when you wake up it is not there in reality. I believe a dream is an idea that, if you want it, all you have to do is say, “I can do it” or “I will do it”. As an LGBT African American male, Martin Luther King did not mean we have to dream for this. When Martin said, “I have a dream”, he meant he has an idea. He meant that he believed that we are the people who can make his dream, his idea, become true. We can make the world a better place for people of color and for all of society if we make our dream become ideas, thus our ideas become reality.

Advice to elementary school students: Do not be scared to do what you want in life. Do not be scared to believe what you want to believe in. You are you, and nobody will ever be better than nor will you be better than anybody else. You have as much of a chance to be anything you want in life more than anyone. If you believe and know you can do it, then do it. Be you and do not be anyone else. “Do you.”