Scholar of the Week
Kyhiem Banks of John Marshall High School
By Janeal Downs
Though he loves the sport of football so much, ambulance school is Kyhiem Banks’ main priority. Kyhiem learned from not only his father’s mistake of making football a priority, buy cialis but also his own. Though he was one of the top ten in his fifth grade class, he said he started to slack in middle school. He made sports a priority until he transferred from J.R. Tucker High School to John Marshall High School. “I realized that I can’t rely on football,” Kyhiem stated in an essay. “I just focused on my education.” With school as a priority, studying is one of Kyhiem’s favorite activities and he currently has a 4.3 GPA.
Other than studying, Kyhiem’s favorite activities include driving, playing basketball, and he continues to enjoy football as a member of his school’s team. However, he said this will be his last year playing football and he will put all of his energy into school once he goes to college. As he progressed in high school, he came to the conclusion that “I can still play the sport that I love while I get my education, but the education will always be more important, and that is exactly why this is my last year on the football field.” With an interest in electronics and computer software, this fall Kyhiem will attend Old Dominion University in Norfolk to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. He chose ODU over other schools because he likes the 757 area, the campus, and because of their successful engineering program. Other than engineering, Kyhiem also has strong interests in landscaping and math.
Education is very important in his family and because neither of his parents went to college, Kyhiem will be the first in his family to attend. “My parents want me to work very hard so I can live a better life and have the tools and opportunities that it takes to be successful,” Kyhiem stated. “I learned that in order to be successful, you at least need a college degree in some kind of post-secondary education.” At college, he looks forward to getting hands-on experience with his field of study, becoming a better critical thinker, and improving his knowledge in mathematics, sciences and computers in order to become an engineer.
Kyhiem has prepared for college by being involved in numerous extracurricular activities. Other than football and basketball, he also played soccer, is a member of the National Honor Society and is in a mentor program. He has also given back to the community by volunteering with a Richmond 10K and helping clean out a church. In high school, he has learned about time management and how to schedule his time better. This is something he will carry with him to college. Kyhiem wants the community to know that he is a hard working black man. His hard work has helped him excel in high school and soon in college. For Kyhiem, college is not only about getting a job or making large amounts of money, but “about getting a better education (and) being looked at by society differently.” He said in the future, college can also help encourage other children to pursue higher education. “In my life, I have learned that I am an independent, hardworking, young man with a lot of goals,” Kyhiem said. “I may get down on myself a lot but I refuse to fail, that’s my biggest fear.”