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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Kearie Young

Phinesse Demps | 6/20/2014, 6 a.m.
Kearie Young (Courtesy photo)

This week’s Student of the Week Kearie Young is very special and personal. Usually, I try to stay clear of adding personal feelings but this week I am going to break the rules because this young man has come a long way and I am truly honored to have been a part of his life and to watch him grow.

I met Kearie when he was about five. The school that he was attending had labeled him a bad child. However, many around Kearie including his mother, aunt and grandmothers knew better. With tough love and guidance the family set out to help him change his attitude and improve in school.

On June 12, 2014, Kearie Young graduated from Berkshire Elementary School. He did so with the following honors: Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award for reading, Perfect Attendance Award, Character Award, Career Awareness Project Award and the President’s Education Award, signed by President Barack Obama.

“I want to thank my mother, my aunt and family for not giving up on me,” said Young.

Yes, the village guided him, but Kearie understands the importance of education and is setting goals for himself. His plan is to go to college to get a degree in electronics and computers, so he can design video games. Kearie Young when you read this, I want you to know I am very proud of you! You’ve come a long way and you have earned the right to be this week’s Indie Soul Student of the Week.

Each week during the school year, Indie Soul will spotlight a student who excels in academics and in the community. To nominate someone for “Student of the Week,” call 410-366-3900 ext. 3016 or email pdemps@btimes.com with “Student of the Week” in the subject line.