Student Spotlight of the Week (3/4/13)

IMG_1772Name: Divine Butts

Grade: 12th Grade

School: Jackson High 

Divine is looking forward to high school graduation in the spring and attending Syracuse University with a full scholarship in the fall. As a student at Maynard Jackson, she is an active member of the National Honors Society, National Beta Club, Posse Scholar, head captain of the Varsity volleyball team, and more. Divine was a student intern at the College Bound Center, where she helped seniors prepare for the SAT and ACT, search for scholarships, and apply to colleges. She is also active in chorus through the Festival Choir as well as the APS Honors chorus, and participates in competitions.

She is dual enrolled in Atlanta Technical College and has earned 12 credit hours this year. She is learning the basics behind infrastructure and troubleshooting computers. She is passionate about technology and is planning to major in Computer Science and Engineering in college. She’s always loved video games and wants to help others in her career. In the future, she plans to dedicate herself in encouraging women to pursue STEM fields, because they are predominately men. Her interests are inspired by her mother who is an electrical engineer. “I was exposed to the field at an early age and always had technology around me,” Divine says. “I grew up playing video games rather than Barbie dolls.”

Divine’s hobbies include anime, graphic design, and animation. She worked with the media and broadcasting team at her church for 6 years. She performed administrative duties including monthly reports, managing equipment, sales, and more.

Divine has a younger 16 year-old sister and a 9 year-old brother. They have always been a priority in her life while they circulated around the family growing up. “We’ve come a long way and looking back, I feel really relieved and I’m so glad that I’m graduating,” Divine says. “I taught myself not to be negative, but there is a lot more work to be done. I’m so excited to go to NYC in the fall.”

As a successful student with a bright future, Divine sets a positive example to her peers. She encourages them to be optimistic, and to challenge themselves. “If I were to give advice to someone, I would say to start strong from the beginning,” Divine says. “Don’t be afraid to try because you never know what will happen.”

Name: Naija Dubosenaija

Grade: Kindergarten

School: Adamsville Primary

Naija Dubose is an exemplary Kindergarten student in Ms. Bivings’s class at Adamsville Primary Elementary School. She excels academically in all content areas, in addition to possesing a warm and nurturing spirit. She displays honorable character traits among her peers in her classroom and around the school.

Even when Naija is enjoying her free time outside of school, she is still dedicated to furthering her reading and learning. She is an avid reader and she seeks opportunties to further her knowledge and learn new things on a daily basis.

Thougn Naija has just begun her academic tenure, she already has big dreams and goals for the future. Naija has expressed her interest in the field of health and fitness. When she grows up she hopes to become a farmer and a teacher who educates people on how to eat healthy, while also sharing her love for reading with her students. Adamsville Primary congratulates Naija on being a star student!

Name: Cordell CadePriceCordellCadeAPSStudentSpotlight

Grade: 8th Grade

School: Price Middle School

Cordell was bored one day and instead of playing video games or watching more TV he decided to write poetry about violence.  He believes that writing poetry will help show the need to help others and that if everyone helps it will get better and then violence in the world will be reduced.

Cordell believes that writing poetry has made a difference in his life.  He has made a change in friends and he is focusing on being consistent with his behavior. Poetry helps because “It is best to get it out.  It doesn’t help to keep it in.”  He has a new focus in his life.  His favorite subject is Math and boasts that he really likes Ms. Beverly his Language Arts teacher because he “likes the way she teaches, when she teaches I get it.”  His New Year’s resolution is “to make all school subjects his favorite and to make my low grades as high as my favorite subject.”

Cordell showcased his poetry at the CF Youth Development Group Poetry Reading on February 16th.  This event was sponsored by the Youth Arts Festival.

While his future plans include Carver High School, then to the University of Kentucky to play basketball and then on to medical school just like his role model, Dr. Benjamin Carson, Cordell feels that poetry will always be a part of his life.

written by Tammy Rosado, Media Specialist at Price Middle School

Name:  Derrianna JonesIMG_2172

Grade: 7th

School: Harper-Archer Middle School

Most travelers are accustomed to seeing occasional signs of litter, potholes, tree limbs or other obstructions in the road as they journey to their destinations.   And as a traveler on the road to success, Derrianna Jones has had to clear a number of obstacles from her path.  The seventh-grader admits that her while she loved elementary school, her sixth-grade year was tough.  She found herself routinely distracted by the drama the follows most adolescent girls, and her response to it usually invited more drama. It seemed as if she was trapped in wild middle school soap opera.  As a result, she began regarding school as a very unpleasant place to be.

But Derrianna says she never gives up.  And she says, “Thanks to her family’s encouragement, she has developed a strong sense of optimism and perseverance.  As a result, this year she can boast that she is an honor roll student, and last month she was selected as Student of the Month.  The staff at Harper-Archer instantly noticed her polite demeanor and leadership qualities.  And moreover, as a peer advocate, the time Derrianna devotes to befriending and assisting her disabled peers has made it clear that she has a genuine heart for helping others.

In addition to all of this, Derrianna has found time to serve as captain of her cheerleading team, play softball, run track, and create her own library of rap lyrics.  Derrianna enjoys rapping and performing so much, she says when she finishes school, if she cannot become a teacher, specifically a third-grade teacher, she plans to rap professionally. And those who have witnessed her in action agree that she is a very talented entertainer.

Derrianna has already learned that the journey to excellence requires perseverance, discipline and focus. She understands the importance of staying optimistic while sweeping aside debris and other distractions that can suddenly appear in the road.  And Derrianna is gassed up, excited and determined to keep things moving forward as she travels along her road to success.

25 thoughts on “Student Spotlight of the Week (3/4/13)

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  1. Congratulations Derrianna!!! You have always been a kindred spirit full of compassion and love for others. I am so proud of you : )!!! Continue to follow your dreams!!!

    Love always,
    Auntie Adriane

  2. Thank you Divine for setting an EXCELLENT example of what it means to live a sanctified life among your peers! There is more to come! 🙂

    Much Success To You,

    Love Auntie!

  3. Derrianna Great Job! Just wanted to drop a few lines just to encourage you not to give up. Keep up the good work, thanks be to God. You have so much favor with God, your teachers and peers it’s something inside you that you don’t see YET but STAY ON THE RIGHT PATH! Remember we can do all things through Jesus Christ.
    Love Nancy

  4. Oh wow Derrianna! I am so proud of you! Your story is truly a testimony to other students who need encouragement! Being so young with a giving and helpful spirit is God given. Keep up the great work honey and continue to lean on God for guidance, support and help. I see many blessings in your future! Congrats on the Spot Light!!! You deserve it! 🙂

  5. OMG!!!! It is so refreshing to read about the positive things that our youth of today are contributing to not only their future but their peers as well…..Derri Derri I am soooooo Proud of you!! Continue to pray, surround yourself with POSITIVE people, treat others with respect and Read positive literature and God will continue to shower his Blessings upon you and your family….Love U Sugar!! San & the Boys

  6. Congratulations Derrianna! God has big plans for you.. Let God lead you and he will reveal his special plans for your life. I am proud of you.

    D. Reid

  7. Felicidades Divine, tu abuela esta muy orgullosa de ti. ME alegra que las persona jovenes aprovechen el tiempo y destaques. I’m Luz one of your Grandmother’s co-workers.

  8. Congratulations Divine! We are so proud of you! We love you so much! Love Itali and Michael

  9. Divine,
    I am very very proud of you and yor accomplishments, You will go very far indeed: just remember to keep GOD first.
    love ya
    Grandma Pauline

  10. Great job to each and every one of you…Keep striving and Success is bound to be your Destiny!!!!

  11. Way to go Derrianna! You are a force to be reckoned with! Success often begins with humbleness. From what I read, you are setting trends and leading the way. My wish for you is success and prosperity in all of your endeavors. By the way, I heard your Science Fair Project was “off-the-chain”!

  12. Way to go Derrianna! Your Beecher family is so proud of you. This is only the beginning of wonderful things that will come your way when you stay focused and positive. You are beautiful on the outside and now your inner beauty is shining through more and more as you continue to grow! Keep up the good work and remember your extended family is behind you all the way!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

    Kristie J. Stargell

  13. Ms.Khalea Moore

    Congrats Derrianna i am so proud of you my heart smiles whenever i hear about or see the blessings that God has placed in your life. Never allow any situation or circumstance keep you down and change who you are because those things are only temporary and will always turn around in your favor. STAY STRONG AND POSITIVE an know that whatever it is you want in life you make it known and never back down. You are Beautiful and even as you stand before that bullentine i can see the light of god in your smile and on your face and that is the best SWAG anybody can wear. I LOVE YOU and I AM PROUD !!!!!!.

  14. To my god daughter Derrianna. I am so happy for you and all the blessings that you are experiencing at Harper-Archer. Always put God first in all that you do. You are an inspiration to your family, friends, and classmates. Never allow negative opinions of others or peer pressure to lead you astray. Fight through adversity and don’t give up! Be a leader and not a follower, the head and not the tail, above and not beneath through Jesus Christ. Always be willing to help others and be a vessel at your school. I declare this day that you are an OVERCOMER and you WILL SUCCEED in all that you do. I love you and Congrats on this opportunity to shine and fashion for God!!!!!!!!!!! Love Ms. Simmons

  15. Great job Derriana! I love to see young girls your age climb above the petty drama that comes to people your age. I am so very proud of you for moving forward, past challenging situations and blossoming like the concrete rose. Continue to be a shining light so that you may light the path for younger girls, as well as girls your age!

  16. To my neice Derriana & all the other youth, simply defined, ambition means determination to succeed. That’s a positive thing essential, in fact, it helps you look past the obstacles in you life. God has given you the inner motivation to help you complete the task He’s assigned to you. Thank Him for it. 1 Corin. 15:58, Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Be bless. Love you.❤❤❤

  17. Derriana,
    I am so proud to see you here, highlighted as a strong individual and a leader. You are truly amazing, inspiring to others, and you deserve to be highlighted as a young woman of excellence. Continue down your path of excellence and know that I am always here to support you!

  18. Congratulations Derrianna Jones I am proud to hear that you are on the positive side of things. You’re an extreme talent and have a very bright future. Keep up the great work and keep pushing, the sky is the limit.

  19. I’m so proud of my baby sister and extremely excited about her future. I can’t wait to continue to watch her grow and become a beautiful young women. Keep up the good work!

  20. Congratulations to my baby sister Derrianna Jones on her accomplishments!!! She has grown tremendously and I am soooo very proud to be here big sister!!!!!!

  21. Derrianna has put Jesus Christ first in her life. That”s what help makes her success prosper.

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