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The Most Influential African American in My Life
The Most Influential African American in My Life
Posted on 02/01/2022
This Black History Month, Valley Springs Middle Schools celebrates the writing success of eighth grader Dawson Green.Featured photo of Dawson Green provided by Valley Springs Middle School.

By: Benjamin Rickert

BCS Communications Dept.

This Black History Month, Valley Springs Middle School celebrates the writing success of eighth grader Dawson Green. Green’s written piece on the the most influential African American in his life took first place in the RedmondStrong Foundation’s recent essay contest. He received a $300 cash prize for his accomplishment.

“The most influential African American in my life is my mom,” began Dawson’s essay.

Green extolled his mother, KaSheena Green, for the positive example she has provided their family through personal encouragement, provision, and hard work for over 20 years as a nurse and medical educator. Green said his mother’s effort has inspired him to consider a future career in the healthcare field.

“I am very blessed to have her and her influence in my life,” he wrote.

Dawson’s teachers and administrators weren’t surprised by Dawson’s success.

"We are incredibly proud of Dawson and love having him at Valley Springs. He is an exceptional student and succeeds in all things," said Principal Benjamin Alexander. "As an educator, I can see in him the difference that a supportive and involved family can make in a student's life - not just in the classroom, but in all areas of life."

According to the RedmondStrong Foundation Facebook page, the organization aims to “educate through inclusion, diversity and equity by raising awareness to help promote educational access, advance economic mobility, and strengthen urban communities."

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