Kevian Finds Strength, Support, and Family in Higher Achievement

Disclaimer: The content of this post is challenging, however, it portrays the authentic voice of our scholar, Kevian, and her life experiences.

My name is Kevian. I am a Higher Achievement scholar. I live in Northeast, DC. I’m 13 years old and I’m in the 8th grade. I live at home with my mom, younger sister, and my uncle.

I am nice, funny, and talented.

When I grow up I want to be to a lawyer. I want to study at George Washington or Harvard. It’s going to take a lot of work to get there. It all starts now, in middle school. I know I need to push myself to be stronger academically. I want to have a family one day and for them to grow up beautiful and strong like I am because that’s how my mom raised me.

If I could change one thing about the world I would stop killing. My brother was shot and killed 3 years ago, he was only 19. We were both at home and he stepped outside for a second, all I remembering hearing was BANG, BANG, BANG – I looked out the window and saw him lying on the ground. I started crying and screaming at him to stay with me. I called 911 and my mom, we got him to the hospital, but he passed away a few hours later. I wish people would just stop killing. I want people to live their lives fully and not die before their time. I want this world to be peaceful and happy. My mom taught me to treat people the way you want to be treated. I wish everyone could do that.

Higher Achievement is a family. I feel really lucky to be able to come here. I have so many people here that care about me and I get to learn new things. Because of Higher Achievement, I know if I believe in myself I can achieve anything.

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