Surry Elementary student heading to Youth Leadership Forum

By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: July 15, 2019 | 2:10 p.m.

SURRY – Surry County Elementary School student Kevin Osborne Jr will be taking part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina this summer.

According to a press release from Whiteboard Advisors, Kevin was nominated by his third-grade teacher, Mrs. Kimberly Savage as a student who “already demonstrates exceptional maturity, scholastic merit, and leadership potential at the young age of eight” to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM.

Amanda Freitag Thomas, SVP for Envision, expressed excitement at Kevin’s plan to participate in the program, saying, “At NYLF Pathways to STEM, students build the confidence and skills needed to excel in the classroom while gaining exposure to STEM fields and concepts. They learn how to adapt to and communicate in new situations, to new challenges, and with new people, which, given how rapidly the world is changing due to technology and innovation, are essential skills for success.”

His mother, Sherita Judkins, said of the honor, “I’m just excited about him being recommended by a teacher. He’s very smart. I’m excited for him to get this opportunity to attend something that very few get to do. He has a great support system. His whole family is looking forward to taking this ride along with him when he goes to North Carolina for the week.

A member of the book club at his school, Kevin loves to spend time fishing with his family, playing with his three siblings, and participating in sports. He has maintained Honor Roll since beginning elementary school and says that his dream is to be an architect or marine biologist.

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