Kwasi Enin, the son of immigrant parents from Ghana and a seventeen-year-old high school student, was accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools. Kwasi was ranked eleventh in his class and scored 2250 out of 2400 on his SAT. He plays 3 instruments for the chamber orchestra, sings in an a cappella group, has had lead roles in school plays since ninth grade, throws shot put and discus for the track team and participates in student government. Oh yes, and he volunteers at the local hospital. When it comes to Ivy League schools, Kwasi is in a “league of his own”.
Grace Bush, a sixteen-year-old Floridian, graduated from high school and college in the same week. Because Florida Atlantic University has a program that allows high-performing high school students to earn credit for the same courses toward their college degree, Grace completed her criminal justice degree in less than 4 years and did it with a 3.8 grade point average. In the fall she will pursue a master’s degree and then go to law school. Grace’s goal is to be chief justice of the U.S. Oh, and in her spare time she plays the flute in 2 orchestras. Truly “amazing Grace”.
Amanda Keown’s son, Dominic Gant, was denied a school lunch because he had an outstanding balance of less than $5 in his lunch account. The junior’s lunch was taken away by Michigan school officials right after it was served to him. That’s when Keown decided to pay off the outstanding lunch balances of every student in the high school. She didn’t want another child to be embarrassed in front of the school or be denied a hot meal. Although the total amount she paid was less than $100, Keown had put her money where her son’s and others’ mouths were.
When a fire broke out in her apartment complex and the flames were only 10 feet away, Christina Simoes realized there was only one way to save her 18-month-old son. She grabbed Cameron, held him tightly against her chest, gave him a kiss and told him she loved him. Then she jumped off a second story balcony. Simoes suffered severe back injuries and doctors aren’t sure she will be able to walk again. Nevertheless, she jumped because she thought Cameron mattered way more than she did. She jumped to save her son. She did not jump to a conclusion.