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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Phillip Freeland

Phinesse Demps | 6/27/2014, 6 a.m.
Phillip Freeland

This week’s student of the week is Phillip Freeland, a two-sport scholar-athlete. First and foremost, he is dedicated to his academic success. He is excelling in high school and his last report card boasted three A's and one B at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School where he is finishing his freshman year. Phillip is also a competitive squash player through SquashWise, a youth development program that empowers Baltimore City students by teaching them the sport of squash and providing intensive tutoring, academic enrichment, and college preparation. Phillip is a leader on the football field at his high-school. He will continue to develop his leadership skills this summer on the Outward Bound Get Out And Lead program, a challenging 10-day experiential leadership course.

According to Abby Markoe, Executive Director Baltimore SquashWise,"Phillip stands out among his peers in his sheer dedication to school, athletics, and leadership. He continues to impress us with his kindness and maturity, and we can't wait to see what lies in store for him in the future. He is going to go far in life."

Phillip just won first place in a national essay competition held annually at the National Urban Squash Championships at Amherst College. The topic was "What do you stand for?" Phillip wrote a moving essay about grit and determination carrying him forward in school, sports, and in life. His essay was selected in the Under-17 age division from among more than a dozen other programs similar to SquashWise.

These are the kind of students we need to uplift in the community! Congratulations to Phillip Freeland our 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.