"Rodney Hill"A wise man once stated that, “There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” In eighteen short years of life Rodney Hill has endured and overcome a multitude of adverse situations. Being the oldest of six children, Rodney has been expected to achieve at every level in order to bean example to his siblings.
Rodney is ranked number 3 in his senior class, and he received the esteemed title of the 2013 S.T.A.R. Student of Booker T. Washington Banking, Finance, and Investment. Rodney is a magnificent representation of a scholar and has distinguished himself as a leader. He fosters scholarship and leadership on a regular basis in both his school and community. His academic recognitions include being named student of the month in both AP English and World History. His leadership skills include serving as the 2012-13 Head Drum Major of the Booker T. Washington High School Marching Band and Vice President of the Gentlemen of Quality Mentoring Program. He mentors youth at a local Boys and Girls Club, and he tutors students in the areas of mathematics and reading at Kennedy Middle School.
“He exemplifies all of the qualities of a gentleman,” said Myss Johnson-Jelks, a teacher at Washington-BFI. ” His confidence and competence are stellar, and in my opinion, Rodney is in a league of his own. I cannot think of another student more deserving of this honor. He continues to excel inside and out of the classroom while exhibiting a desire to be the best in all he does.”
Rodney has been accepted to several colleges and universities, but he is most proud of being accepted to Hampton University, where he plans to major in Business Administration in the Fall. Rodney lives by the philosophy of Mahatma Ghandi: “A man is but his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” Therefore, he meditates and prepares himself mentally and physically for the challenges of life. Although Rodney is a successful student, he remains humble and is thankful for the assistance of his family, friends, and teachers.