Perserverance and Pride
"I have accepted difficult things in my life and overcome them because I know there is always a chance to succeed."
- David, Cohort XI, Dimmit Middle School
David understands the true meaning of hard work and perseverance. Despite a rough start to his young life, David is described as a kind-hearted soul with a resilient spirit and a smile that will brighten any room.
When asked who his favorite Seahawk player is, without hesitation he responds "Marshawn Lynch". Sure, he scores a lot of touchdowns but David sees another trait that he admires. "Just because things get hard doesn't mean you should stop trying."
Marshawn and David understand the value of determination and perseverance.
David started Rainier Scholars as a 6th grader and persevered through the Academic Enrichment phase with two summers plus a school year of extra classes and mountains of homework to prepare for placement in a college preparatory program. One of his favorite summertime memories was playing chess with his Literature teacher Mr. Little. After emerging the winner of a hard fought match, David informed his instructor, "It's like in The Odyssey where Odysseus is planning and evaluating the pros and cons all the time. You need to think about your decisions in advance and then move. You need to think ahead."
David has struggled with the idea that in middle school it's not always cool to be smart. But from a young age he has realized that education will help create new possibilities in his life. As a student in Rainier Scholars he affirms, "I have the opportunity to get more education than most students at my school...it's my responsibility to stay on task."
And in a moment where he reveals wisdom beyond his years, David reminds us, "It doesn't matter if you're smarter, what matters is the kind of person you are inside."(David's story is part of Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing)
David is now an 8th grader at Dimmitt Middle School in Renton where he participates in the Discovery program. When asked about school, David's eyes light up as he talks about his teachers and how they make learning fun. His time at Rainier Scholars has helped him to set academic goals to stay on a college pathway and to be organized and accountable, but earning placement in a highly capable program has provided a level of rigor that keeps him busy. When asked of what he is most proud, without hesitation he answers, "My grades!"
Five years from now David sees himself in college. He has an interest in being a scientist or perhaps an artist. Photography has captured his imagination and he enjoys taking pictures of nature yet he may also be found with a basketball under his arm as it's one of his favorite sports. Raised by his Aunt Willie, David is grateful for her presence in his life - supporting him, feeding him and loving him.
At Rainier Scholars we strive to build a strong sense of community. David is always looking to lift up those around him - whether it's a helping hand or an encouraging word. He brings a willing spirit, dogged determination, and a positive attitude to any situation. He has stared adversity in the face and continues to defy the odds to come out victorious.