Student of the Month - December 2020 (Jevon McKinney)
Jevon McKinney is a senior with a 3.95 GPA at Widefield High School. As class president, he provides students with fun and lighthearted moments in the midst of this unprecedented year. Although academics are a strength, Jevon’s real enthusiasm is as a singer and an instrumentalist. He has been singing for over twelve years, and playing the alto saxophone and guitar for over five years. Jevon’s singing accolades have led him to be accepted into the LYNX National Arts and Media Program at CU Denver and to perform in multiple honor choirs at various universities. He will also be the lead male role in the Widefield High School spring musical.
After high school, Jevon plans to attend a four-year university majoring in Media/Multimedia and Communication, while possibly minoring in music. The communications field enables him to provide people with information that can enlighten, inspire, and even save lives. For now, Jevon is the anchor and editor for his high school news. He is also involved in “link crew. This organization helps new students adjust to Widefield high school.
Jevon’s parents are his proudest mentors because they have taught him the true meaning of dedication and sacrifice for the greater good. These lessons have propelled him to make numerous contributions in his community. On Sundays, he volunteers as a sound engineer and media specialist at his church. With his work as senior council president, he has created events, such as free senior picture days, to support students who cannot afford a photographer. Jevon has also volunteered at food shelters for the homeless. If Jevon’s schedule wasn’t busy enough, he also works part-time at Chick-Fi-La.
The AAYLC has made a significant impact on Jevon’s life since his freshman year of high school. Not only did it help him reinvigorate his passion for music with various sessions and mentors, but it helped him make connections with people he would never have met. Jevon also participated in the AAYLC Youth Ambassador program in which he suggested new ideas for the conference. Jevon recognized that he could achieve great things through hard work.