As part of our Annual MLK Day of Service, Crispus Attucks honors local youth with Living The Dream awards. This award is earned by junior and senior students that exemplify Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy through academic efforts, community service, and leadership. This year, we have four exemplary students.
Our first and second awardees are Silmary and Selmary Colon-Alvarado (pictured above). These twins do everything together, and that includes representing the values of Dr. King and this community during their time at the Crispus Attucks Charter School. They both earned distinguished honor roll and were hard workers that stood out at the worksite as we renovated homes in the York community. They participated in the Certified Nursing Assistant training program as well as taking part in our first Child Development Associate training program to follow their dreams of opening a daycare center in the community. In everything they do, they bring energy, compassion, and commitment to being the change they want to see in the world around them.
Our third awardee, Destinee Burgos, is a senior at William Penn Senior High School who represents Dr. King’s legacy in academics, community service, and leadership. She is currently a member of the National Honor Society and has maintained high academic achievement throughout her high school years. Currently, Destinee is ranked as one of the top students in her senior class, with a GPA of over 4.1. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Destinee has volunteered with the National Honor Society throughout the community and within the school to bring unity, positivity, and pride to her city and school. She has also volunteered for events with United Way, the York YWCA, and the York Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Destinee also serves as class officer for the senior class, is a positive role model to her peers, and enjoys working at a local nursing home with her mother.
Our fourth awardee, Amiia Martin is a senior at William Penn Senior High School who displays and represents the characteristics of Dr. King’s legacy through her school and community involvement, academic efforts, and leadership. During high school, Amiia has found theatre and dance to be a passion, starring in musicals and leading her dance troupe during rehearsals and events. She challenges herself in her courses, including college dual enrollment and honors, and maintains a 3.0 GPA. Amiia has volunteered her time reciting poetry for school and community events and is also involved in fundraising and volunteering for senior class activities and school events, such as the annual Black History Month assembly. Most notably, Amiia was chosen as the school board student advisor member for the 2018-19 school year, advocating for her peers and supporting the district, a great honor to be had as a student at William Penn.
Congratulations 2019 Living The Dream awardees! Thank you for all your hard work in building a stronger, more vibrant community!