Sage Academy Student Receives Prestigious Award
The award recognizes scholars who are forward-thinkers and who are making a difference in the community.
“I was so surprised and grateful for the award,” said Keta.
Sage Academy Student Passionate About Volunteering.
The sophomore is passionate about volunteering in the community and likes working with seniors and young children.
“I used to go to Saint Therese, played bingo with the elderly, and afterward, I would help them to their rooms. I miss that a lot,” explained Keta.
She says a job and homework is taking up a lot of her time now.
Every Christmas, she and her family spend time at homeless shelters. Keta says time is more important than gifts. She says people should focus on giving away things like kindness.
“I’m just grateful to be in the company of my family and helping out the community,” Keta said.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the financial hardship some people have to endure weighs heavy on Keta’s mind.
“I think about homeless people who are in toxic homes at this time. It hurts me. I just wish I could do something. I really want to give so much to people,” said Keta.
“She’s kind. She’s always been a leader.”
Compassion is one of the reasons Sage English literature teacher Amy Kinney nominated Keta for the award.
“She’s kind. She’s always been a leader, not only in school but outside the classroom,” said Kinney. “I look at this young, beautiful, African-American student who really doesn’t come from much herself, and she’s like glowing, telling me how much she gets out of serving others. I thought I really got to nominate her for this award.”
Keta plans to take postsecondary classes and graduate high school with an associate degree. She’s not sure what she’ll major in, but it will have something to do with helping people.