Thursday, October 1, 2009

Student Spotlight: Lamont Morris

Lamont Morris, born and raised in Chicago, is a 7th grader at Alain Locke Charter Academy, located in East Garfield Park on the West Side. Lamont enjoys learning about our past, which is why his favorite subject is history. He recently learned about hieroglyphics - ancient Egyptian characters made by graphical figures - and was fascinated. Lamont's most challenging subject is math. In fact, part of the reason why he enrolled in Cabrini Connections is to get help with his math.

Lamont's mentor, Jeroz Owens, now provides that helps, and with a degree in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame, he is most certainly qualified. Lamont and Jeroz got off to a great start this year by meeting several times over the summer. Lamont says of Jeroz:

He is a good mentor. He gives good advice when I have problems... He says, "Think of what would happen if you do this... The decisions you make are as important as the ones you don't make."

That's great advice!

Lamont is a very active young man, taking part in football, baseball, and boxing. His favorite boxer is undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and his favorite football player is Chicago Bears wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester. His favorite person is an athlete, too: Magic Johnson. Lamont dreams of attending his alma mater, Michigan State University. He says he looks up to the athletes he does because of how they grew up. They had it hard, never gave up, and kept their heads up.

With so many good role models around, it's no surprise to hear that Lamont has some advice of his own. He says:
  • Always ask questions
  • Stay in school
  • Listen to your teachers
  • The mind is a wonderful thing. Don't waste it.

Thanks, Lamont! You're setting a good example for your peers. Keep up the good work!

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