There are many excellent nominees who also received the SENIA Student Honorary Award citation. It is our privilege to present to you the other SENIA Student Award nominees who also inspire many with their lives and their advocacy. Meet the SENIA Student Honorary Award 2016 recipients.
Akasha Campbell is a student of The Harbour School in Hong Kong. She was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 10. She used to be shy and withdrawn but in a few years and with much effort on her part, Akasha has overcome many roadblocks to her learning. Surprising everyone, Akasha ran for Student Council and won the seat of Grade 5 representative. These days, Akasha continues to inspire by being an active participant in all her school subjects where she attends by herself. In August 2014, on her 12th birthday, she worked hard to give back to her community by raising funds for The Nisbett Center, an adult care organization in Hong Kong. She cooked 27 dishes for the volunteers in the Center and raised over HKD15,000 for the Center. According to Dr. Jeremy Greenberg, one of her supporters, “In over 20 years as a special educator, consultant and director of schools in New York and Hong Kong, I have rarely observed the type of progress and resilience Akasha Campbell brings to the school everyday. She is a truly remarkable student.”
Dylan Winter is a true pillar of advocacy. After many years of struggling, he personally approached the support department of his school, The International School of Macao, to seek assessment for suspected dyslexia. Since his formal diagnosis a year ago, Dylan has encouraged others to be assessed. He is very open about seeking assessment and accepts the challenges of meeting academic demands with minimal accommodations such as extra time, preferred examination environment and occasionally reduced quantity. He has achieved honor roll marks on his report card. These days, Dylan serves as a student mentor and helps other students with special needs.
Liesel Allen is an inspiring student who has ulna deficiency where one of her arms is significantly shorter than the other. She is an active member of the community who never shies from engaging people around her in conversations about her disability. Her TEDx talk entitled “#onehandedproblems” received more than 2,000 hits on YouTube. The Director of Athletics in her school expressed that Liesel is a hardworking member of the International School of Kuala Lumpur Swimming Team and that “She is a model of persistence and resilience, and sets an excellent example for other students.” Liesel has truly inspired her entire school community with her hard work and creativity.
Reed Santos is a student of the International School Manila who had struggled with reading and writing for many years. Still, he is the type of student who advocates for himself, works hard and perseveres. Despite his challenges in reading fluency, Reed actively participated in the Grade 6 Book Club. He used active reading skills to improve his comprehension, engagement and enjoyment of reading. As a result of his perseverance, his current skills reveal that he has overcome his literacy issues with a high level of achievement. As stated on his nomination form, “Reed has become a great asset to classes and the school community as a whole as he demonstrates perseverance, hard work and role model behavior.”
Congratulations to our inspiring SENIA Honorary Student Award winners! May you continue to inspire others with your victorious stories.