Bishop Kenny High School freshman Arisa Nakamichi has been selected as the High School level recipient of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award. Arisa’s MLK Essay was chosen from among 130 entries submitted to the annual writing competition sponsored by the City of Jacksonville in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Two other winners, one at the elementary and another at the middle school level, were also selected.
Mayor Lenny Curry made a surprise visit to BK to present the award to Arisa before the Christmas vacation. Arisa will attend the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast that will be held at the Prime F. Osborne Convention Center on January 18. She and her fellow award recipients will receive recognition at the event which is presented by Florida Blue.
Arisa’s essay began with the line, “Everyday people use staircases.” She then connected the physical aspects of staircases to the nonphysical elements of everyday life through this central theme. “But what about the staircase of life, the unknown stairs that lead to mysterious parts of many people’s lives. There are many steps one can take to build a successful future, but there will always be complications. In the end, pushing through and climbing every step will lead to a beautiful future.”
Arisa, a 9th grade student at BK, has a rigorous academic schedule which keeps her very busy. In her spare time she enjoys playing volleyball, going to the beach, and painting. Arisa was extremely happy to receive the award and credits her teacher, Ms. Jennifer Whitford, for guiding and encouraging her.