Kennadie is a 7th grader at East Harlem Scholars Academy Middle School II, located in the historic Jackie Robinson Educational Complex. Why is Kennadie this month’s star scholar? She’s not afraid of a challenge, and represents our Core Values — especially Courage, Originality and Achievement!
Q: What is your favorite thing about coming to school?
A: My favorite part is the work, because the work is challenging. …All of the kids are participating. They’re really engaged in the lessons and they’re showing what they know.
Q: Any ideas of what you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be a teacher. I want to help out kids like my teachers do, and I want to see kids succeed like I want to succeed. I’m really bad at math, but I want to learn so I can teach other kids.
Q: What do you like to do outside of school?
A: I like to do sports. I like to play football, because it’s challenging. I like to go for things that are challenging … so when I get older I know how face tough situations.
Q: And what’s challenging about football?
A: I feel like I get judged a lot by playing football. Like if I’m on the train I see people staring because [I’m a girl and] I have a football in my hand. But I think that it’s good for me because it toughens me up and helps me have the right mindset for the future.
Q: What else do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I like to hang out with my friends, we go out to Popeye’s and McDonalds. We see other kids from Scholars I and Scholars II, we go together. I also like dancing, and I like to draw and do art.
Q: You recently joined our student recruitment campaign. Why do you think other kids should come here?
A: The teachers actually care about your education and want you to succeed. They put in the time and the effort. … it’s way different than other schools that I’ve been to. This is not only preparing me for high school and college, it’s preparing me for the real world too.