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Arlington Optimist Club of Optimist International

Blessing Essien, 17, a senior at Bishop Kenny High School, received an award from the Arlington Optimist Club.  Blessing attended Christ the King Catholic School and felt that the STEM education she received set her up for success. Three local students received awards and a proclamation from Mayor Lenny Curry and the City of Jacksonville. The students were chosen based on their contributions to the community.  

Blessing is truly an optimist and credits her parents for instilling a strong sense of faith and values into her life.   Blessing’s family immigrated to the United States from Nigeria and her number one goal is to achieve a better life for herself and her family. “I know that God has a plan for me and that I am going to fulfill my dream of becoming a doctor and taking care of those less fortunate than myself.

Blessing has a rigorous academic schedule and carries a 4.16 GPA. She is currently active in the Medical Club, Spanish Club, Anchor Club, ZIP Club, and a member of the National Junior Honor Society, and the Spanish National Honor Society. Blessing currently has 678 service hours at Bishop Kenny.  She is applying to colleges and her number one choice is to be accepted to Vanderbilt University.