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Student of the Month - September 2022 (Reny Deabatee)

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Civic leaders of the Pikes Peak region and beyond, please make room at your tables for Reny Deabatee. This Doherty High School senior, who is enthusiastically described as a change agent, overcomer, and “molder of dreams” by school counselor, Timothy Garland, aspires to obtain a doctorate degree in political science…and become the mayor of Colorado Springs. His favorite school subjects are Government, Sociology, and History because they are topics “that determine our social constructs.” He believes it is important to understand those concepts “in order to live in a community of trust, honesty, and depth in understanding.” 

Reny possesses a depth of wisdom that is acquired by observing others’ lives and learning from one’s own life circumstances. As the son of African immigrants (his mother a refugee), he understands that there will be obstacles along one’s journey, but that one can overcome them. Reny states that he believes “in growth and not partaking in a race against fellow individuals in accomplishments.” The Track and Field star counts among his many accomplishments improving his quality of life and increasing his academic strength. Those improvements have opened doors to him leading Doherty’s Wellness Design Team, representing his school at this year’s Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Foundation conference, and being one of a few panelists afforded the opportunity to comment on some of screenwriter Tom Sheppard’s award-winning films. 

Reny is inspired by public figures, like Jordan Peterson, who demonstrate a willingness to broach a variety of topics from which others would shy away. He also looks up to author and distant family friend, Clemantine Wamariya, who had the courage to speak out about the personal injustices she faced in Africa. Reny has demonstrated the same drive to educate, encourage, and inspire his peers “to be leaders and to strive to make changes in the world, first starting with [their] school environment.” We are confident he will greatly influence his generation and look forward to seeing him at the 2023 AAYLC!