Crystal just graduated from KIPP Bridge, a charter middle school in West Oakland, and was one of six KIPP students across the country to win the Doris Fisher award this year. About 1,000 students were eligible.
She sounds like a talented and hard-working kid, from the details I read in the below press release. I liked to see that she stepped up to run her school newspaper, although she’s probably smart enough to avoid the industry later in life.
Crystal was nominated for the Doris Fisher Award for her sheer academic excellence, sharp focus, maturity, and leadership inside and outside the classroom. As a student at KIPP Bridge College Prep, Crystal maintained a 4.0 GPA, placing her on the High Honor Roll four years in a row, and won second place at the school’s Science Fair and first place in the school’s spelling bee. When a teacher stepped down from leading the school’s student newspaper, she volunteered as Editor-in-Chief, rallying her journalism class to keep the paper running. She is also a talented actress and dancer, participating in school theatrical and dance productions.