Student of the Month
The AAYLC wants to celebrate students who are committed to academics, after-school activities, and community involvement. We are seeking 6th - 12th grade students who are excelling and deserve recognition. If you or someone you know are interested in becoming our Student of the Month, please complete an application. Simply click the button below.
Introducing Our Monthly Recipients
As a junior at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, Antonio is an athlete superstar on the rise. Maintaining a current 3.85 GPA, this dually talented young man is ready to set the world of professional basketball and baseball ablaze. With his eye on obtaining an athletic or academic scholarship, Antonio remains laser-focused in the classroom and on the court. Through the late hours studying and practicing, Antonio remains a stellar student. Being a recent National Honor Society inductee, Antonio knows what it means to establish meaningful and productive goals. While inspiring and motivating school pride, Antonio was honored to receive two letters. He lettered not only in basketball and baseball, but also in academics.
Ashley Paul has big dreams of becoming an agent of change and an advocate for people around the world. This St. Mary’s High School junior is well on her way to doing great things with a 3.8 GPA. As president, she established and leads the diversity and inclusion club at her school. She has met with school leadership to make her school a healthy and welcoming environment for children of color. During her freshman year, she received a four-year opportunity with Colorado College, through the Stroud Scholar program. In addition, she is a participant in the Sachs Foundation's Elevated program. After college and graduate school, she plans to travel the world and help those who are less fortunate.
Introducing Ni’Asia Ali, a driven and motivated community leader that is headed straight for success. As a Sierra High School Junior, with a 4.1 GPA, her academic accomplishments are remarkable. Ni’Asia has participated as a Phi Beta Kappa Honor roll invitee, National Honor Society student representative, GT Pathways program, Stroud Scholars College summer program attendee, and Elevated College program participant. Like the table of contents in a novel or film series that she will write one day, this gifted scholar is one to read about, and be inspired by. With a passion for writing and video editing, this talented young lady has set her sights on attending Columbia University in New York, upon graduation.
Kayleen Savage is a young scholar with a passion and focus on making the world a better place. At the age of 16, Kayleen has made it her mission to excel in the criminal justice field. As an upcoming junior at Colorado Early College at Colorado Springs (CECCS), Kayleen has begun putting her career path in motion. Her goal is to obtain her high school diploma and an associate degree through her advanced educational program. Kayleen’s interest for the criminal justice field was sparked by her favorite subject, political science. She understands that in order to make changes in the future, she must first understand the struggles and triumphs of the past.
We are pleased to introduce a member of the 2021 graduating class, Na’im Briggs. This decorated scholar graduated not only from Colorado Early Colleges-Colorado Springs (CECCS), but also from Pikes Peak Community College with an associate of arts degree. As a Theta Kappa member, Na’im graduated Summa Cum Laude from CECCS with a 4.7GPA and Magna Cum Laude from PPCC. He is headed to the Howard University in the fall and is a Sach’s Foundation scholarship recipient. His passion for leading, organizing, and debating have been thoroughly applied throughout his work in the community. As a board member of Educating Children of Color (ECOC), he has taken pride in promoting the process of dismantling the “cradle to prison” mindset. During his high school career, he stayed connected to the student body through his efforts as the manager for Harrison High School’s basketball and football programs.
Completing her junior year at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs with a GPA of 3.45, there is no doubt that this future journalist is well on her way to accomplish her dreams. After graduation, Khaleigh has set her sights on attending a HBCU. She plans to further her aspirations in shaping the world’s view of current events and news. Her passion for journalism is rooted in her fascination with history. Khaleigh dreams of a position as an editor-in-chief at Essence magazine, or a senior producer for the BET network. She was recently accepted to participate in the Fayetteville University TMCF Fleischer Scholars program. This program will expose her to various aspects of entrepreneurship. Khaleigh will utilize her new knowledge to create her own magazine.
A current junior at Widefield High School, Derek not only scores big on the football field, but also excels in the classroom. Holding a GPA of 3.69, this future NFL star in the making is on his way to achieve his dreams. As a dedicated member of the Widefield High football team, Derek showcases pride in his school and his community through a variety of fundraisers. To sharpen his athletic skill set, he will be attending multiple out of state football camps in Texas and Nevada this summer. As he refines his proficiency on the field, Derek sees the true “touchdown” in education. He plans to attend a four-year college after he graduates.
As a current junior at Mesa Ridge High School in Colorado Springs, Ciera is a star shining bright. Holding a GPA of 3.8, this aspiring songstress is making waves at her school. As an active member of the volleyball, basketball, and tennis teams, she is no stranger to hard work, commitment, and teamwork. The work does not end on the courts. She is a recipient of her school’s “Presidential Award.” Ciera also loves to serve her community through her church’s food pantry. With a strong aspiration to top America’s music charts, Ciera is keeping her academics in focus and setting her sights on a four-year college after she graduates.
Je’Nia has been nothing short of a treasured jewel at her school Odyssey Early College and Career Options in Colorado Springs. Holding an astonishing 4.1 GPA, Je’Nia is often called upon by the Dean of students to host incoming new students/parents, board members, and others. As the current President of both the National Honor Society and Spanish Club, Vice President of Future Farmers of America (FFA), and a member of the Business, Ethics, Speech, and Debate teams, Je’Nia takes pride in being a role model and leader. She has made an impact in her school district by being a part of multiple round tables that include how to improve District 11 high schools, social and emotional learning, and mentorship programs. After graduating in May 2021, she hopes to attend a university in Hawaii majoring in Marine Biology with a minor in Chinese. This future Marine Biologist recently won a scholarship from Underwater Connections which will pave the way for her obtaining certification in open water diving.
Brandon is a senior at Widefield High School. With a GPA steadily holding at 3.79, his goal to become a Civil Engineer is not far from reach. This five-time national Junior Olympic qualifier and active member of the “Colorado Springs Striders” holds a strong belief in self-discipline, honor, and personal courage. Brandon’s laser focus on success and excellence comes from his parents, who are both Master Sergeants in the United States Army. Brandon is currently narrowing down his college options, and he is beginning his journey to attain a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering this fall.
Gabrielle Jenkins is a sophomore with a 3.4 GPA at Vista Ridge High School. As the successful owner of Prints by Gabby, this young entrepreneur is on the move! Her love of fashion inspired her to create a business that specializes in designing custom clothing for her customers. Gabrielle’s parents have taught her that she can do anything with hard work and faith by her side. After high school, she plans to attend a local college and major in business administration with an emphasis on marketing or communications.
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.