EPISD Student Spotlight: Kameelah Freeman, Franklin High
(FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL -- Nov. 9, 2020) — Franklin’s Kameelah Freeman is a natural-born leader who takes her skills to organizations that serve her school and her community. The senior cheerleader has found ways to remain positive during the pandemic that has impacted her last year of high school by staying involved safely and laying the groundwork to reach her professional goal of becoming an FBI agent and later an attorney with the Justice Department. We sat down with Kameelah for a virtual interview in this segment of the EPISD Student Spotlight.
How are you staying motivated and involved in school during the pandemic?
I exercise, work on my dance technique and sharpen cheerleading skills. I still remain active in my extracurricular activities. Academically, I work on my classes and SAT/ACT prep. Socially, I find safe ways to serve my community and connect with friends/family to let them know that even though I cannot be there, I still care.
What advice can you give to succeeding with remote learning?
Achieve balance. Learn to focus on the opportunities with remote learning instead of the obstacles. Make good use of this time to work on every aspect of your life so you can continue to succeed.
What are you doing to make the most of your senior year despite the pandemic?
I stay involved and active in all of my activities, clubs, and sports. I have chosen to have a positive outlook and optimistic mindset. I find creative ways to make special memories, and encourage my classmates to do the same.
What are your honors and achievements in high school?
- 2020-2021: El Paso Student Board of Directors
- 2020-2021: El Paso Young Black Leaders Technology Scholarship Recipient
- 2020-2021: Franklin High School Varsity Cheer Captain (member since 2017)
- 2020-2021: Jack and Jill of America President
- 2020-2021: El Paso Top Teens of America Vice President
- 2020: TASC Leadership Workshop, Team Captain
- 2019-2020: Franklin High School Junior Class Senator
- 2019-Present: Franklin High School National Honor Society
- 2019-2020: University of Texas Summer Law Institute
- 2019: Federal Bureau of Investigation Teen Cadet
- 2019: CAP Top Scholar Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
- 2019: Youth Salute Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
- 2018-2019: 1st Place Chemistry Science Fair Winner
- 2018-Present: El Paso Teen Leader; HOBY Leadership Institute
- 2018-Present: Franklin High School Student Council (Executive Board: Community Service Chair, Junior Senator, Sophomore Secretary)
- 2018-Present: Franklin High School Fusion Dance Company
- 2018-2019: Franklin High School Spanish Honor Society
How has cheerleading and dance differed in the pandemic and what are you doing to make
the best of it?
A major difference is space and human connection. When cheerleading and dancing at home, there are space limitations when it comes to skills such as jumps, turns, leaps, tumbles, and traveling. So, to make the most of it, I have to get creative! When we were face to face, there is a human connection and energy from the crowd that is like no other feeling—almost electric. The feeling of bringing joy and positive energy to crowds feeds my soul. I honestly miss that contagious feeling. To make the best of it I focus on the possibilities, and imagine the smiles on the other end of the screen.
What advice would you give incoming freshman?
Get involved, stay focused, be yourself and try not to stress over anything that will not matter in the future. Make the most of your high school experience; it could be the best four years of your life.
Where do you plan to go to college and what do you plan to study?
My plan is to go to an Historically Black College or University or any great institution where I am able to earn a full scholarship. In college, I will major in forensic science and technology with a minor in Spanish. My goal is to become an FBI agent and, eventually, a U.S. Attorney.
What is the first thing you plan to do when the pandemic is over?
Catch a flight to Georgia to visit my family.
Anything you’d like to add?
I am very thankful for this opportunity and send encouragement to all students in EPISD—especially the class of 2021. We can do it! Virtual hugs to my FHS Cougars, friends, family, mentors, and especially all those who are working hard to keep us safe.