Abenezer: 2012 CORE Student of the Year
This story was first published in the Spring 2012 issue of Sunshine magazine.
Methodist Children's Home congratulates Abenezer Kassa, who was selected Student of the Year for 2012 by the Coalition for Residential Education (CORE). He received the award during CORE's national conference March 7 in Oklahoma City. As part of the award, Abenezer received a $500 scholarship.
Abenezer was recognized for his personal growth, leadership abilities and community service.
As a senior at Rapoport Academy, Abenezer maintained a 4.10 GPA in high school while taking four additional courses at McLennan Community College, where he was named to the Dean’s List.
In addition to academics, Abenezer makes community service a priority. He was selected to the Waco Youth Leadership Council, where he spoke at a national conference on important issues among teenagers. He has volunteered with the Waco Humane Society, Caritas, Shepard’s Heart Food Pantry, and Keep Waco Beautiful. Abenezer is also involved in the Key Club, which partners with other organizations in the area to provide community service.
MCH staff describe Abenezer as kind, generous, helpful, conscientious and humble. Abenezer encourages others through his perpetual good mood, smile and positive outlook on life.