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Boys Town Central Florida Student Shines in the Classroom

Youth Tekoa poses with her Student of the Month award.

Tekoa came to Boys Town a ​year and a half ago full of anger. Last month, she received the honor of Student of the Month in her eighth grade class.

“She’s extremely smart,” said Camesa Irvin, Tekoa’s Family-Teacher. “She comes home and does her work first thing. She’s excited about school and her schoolwork and she’s focused.”

Before coming to Boys Town, Tekoa was homeschooled. The transition into a new learning environment seems to have been seamless: Tekoa consistently boasts a 3.3 or 3.4 GPA. Academics aren’t the only reason she received the honor of Student of the Month, however.

“Teachers say Tekoa is very helpful,” Irvin said. “They can count on Tekoa. If there’s an assignment or the teacher needs help around the classroom, Tekoa will help her out.”

This cool, collected student is a striking transformation from the Tekoa who moved into the Irvin’s Family Home nine months ago.

“When she first came here, every little thing would make her angry,” Irvin said. “Over time, we continued to give her rationales of how to control her anger and use her self-control strategies. With doing that, the little things that used to bother her don’t bother her anymore.”

At the Family Home, when Tekoa isn’t busy playing basketball or dancing, she displays the same positive, helpful attitude to the other girls in the house.

“She absolutely hates to see someone bullying someone else,” Irvin said. “She steps in for others and she has a caring spirit. She is an appropriate role model when it comes to her peers.”

The recognition of Tekoa’s inspiring change and high achievement didn’t go unnoticed.

“We all went to her breakfast awards ceremony and she was excited that her mom came and all the girls in the house came,” Irvin said. “The principal got up and said some positive things about her.”

The award means more than just an academic and personal accomplishment. It means that the lessons from the Family Home are carrying over.

“It’s good to know that what she displays here, she is actually doing also out in public,” Irvin said. “We don’t have the point system at schools so it’s good to know that they’re generalizing the skills here and taking it out to school as well.”

From the sounds of it, this may not be the last we hear of Tekoa.

“She’s very competitive, so if she got it once she’s going to try to get it next month,” Irvin said with a laugh.

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