First year student Avery Harris-Russell is a 9th grader at Ogden International High School. His favorite subject is social studies because, “I love talking about what happened in the past,” and, “I want to know what my ancestors went through.” This reminds me of a famous quote from James Baldwin: "If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go."
This is Avery’s first year in high school and he says it is going pretty well. The hardest things to get used to are using a locker and all the work. He says it’s easy, though, if you study a lot. He averages three hours of homework per night!
Avery’s most challenging subject is math, which is partly why he chose to attend Cabrini Connections. His new mentor, veteran volunteer John "Ryan" Kracaw, is a math wiz who intends to help Avery do well. Avery has been on the Honor Roll and his goal is to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in high school.
After high school, he would like to study architecture or engineering in college. Though Avery has always lived in Chicago, he has traveled many places and is always amazed by structures. He has been to New York, California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Jamaica, and, his favorite, Mexico, where he went ATV riding in the mountains. If he could go anywhere in the world, Avery would go to London because, “I hear the architecture is amazing!” You’ll get there, in due time.
As hobbies, Avery loves sports and working with technology. He plays any sports he can get a hold of and he predicts the Bears will play the Ravens in the Super Bowl. (You’ll have to ask him to pick a winner.) He joined Tech Club this summer to hone his computers skills. Tech Club meets on Tuesdays from 6-7pm and is currently designing a video game. Anyone can join. Just show up!
Avery has two siblings – one brother, one sister – and two nieces. He celebrated his 15th birthday on September 9th. Welcome to Cabrini Connections, Avery!