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Spotlighting a Fantastic Eighth-Grade Student from Ryder Math and Science Specialty School

30 May 2024

Serenity wants other students to remember to be themselves and not change who they are for anyone. 

Ryder Student

Serenity has had an incredible journey in elementary school, and she’s certainly inspired those around her. Her counselor, Ms. Aredia Wilson, knows that she is ready to succeed in high school next year. Ms. Wilson believes that Serenity should focus on maintaining the special qualities that make her who she is while also taking advantage of opportunities to grow as both a student and a person. 

“What comes to mind about Serenity is that she’s a kind and helpful person, and, despite facing obstacles, has come to school extremely prepared,” said Ms. Wilson. “She’s just a delight to be around and is also a straight-A student.” 

Next year, Serenity will continue to build upon the strong academic foundation she has developed at Ryder as a freshman at Englewood STEM High School. Get to know more about her below. 

What are your interests both inside and outside of the classroom? 

My favorite subject is math. Right now, we are learning Algebra 1, and it has been going well. I’ve been making sure to study and take lots of notes. Math is my favorite because I know it will help me in the future. Outside of school, I like to be with my friends. Sometimes we even go to the movies. I’ve made friends at school by finding people with the same hobbies as me. 

How are you feeling about graduating from elementary school? 

I have been at Ryder since fourth grade, and I think that I’ve always been the same kind and helpful person. At the same time, things change. Something that has been important to me has been having friends, which keeps me from feeling like I’m alone. I would say that my friendships are some of my biggest accomplishments and memories of elementary school, and that makes me feel good. 

What are your goals for the future? 

In high school, I want to earn lots of early college credits so that, when I go to college, I will do well and maybe even be able to graduate early. I want to go to UIC to become a nurse, just like my mom and my grandmother. They both help people as nurses, and I want to help people as well. 

What advice would you give to future eighth-graders at Ryder? 

I would tell them to be themselves and not change who they are for anyone. 

If you could sum up your time in elementary school in one word, what would it be and why? 

Exciting. You are able to make new friends, go on adventures, and learn lots of new things as well.

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