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Reading: Brilliant 24-year-old who got BSc in 2019 becomes youngest school principal in The US
Reading: Brilliant 24-year-old who got BSc in 2019 becomes youngest school principal in The US

Brilliant 24-year-old who got BSc in 2019 becomes youngest school principal in The US

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Brilliant 24-year-old who got BSc in 2019 becomes youngest school principal in The US
Brilliant 24-year-old who got BSc in 2019 becomes youngest school principal in The US

Kenneth Gorham, a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, has become the youngest school principal in US history at Movement Middle School, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned his B.Sc. degree in Political Science from NCATSU in 2019, and subsequently worked as a teacher and instructional coach before achieving this milestone.

The school management cited his leadership abilities as the reason for their selection of him. Jenika Mullen, the superintendent, noted, “When it comes to deciding who to hire, we look at leadership competencies – is this someone people can gravitate to and be inspired by? For Mr. Kenneth Gorham, the answer is yes.”

Since his appointment, Gorham has gained recognition from both parents and students alike. Moya Montgomery, the parent of one of the pupils, commented, “He gives each student a hug when they walk through the door at Movement School each morning, or at least a high five.”

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The management of Movement School views Gorham’s appointment as a way to challenge traditional perceptions of what a school principal should look like. The U.S. Department of Education notes the average age of public school principals as being 48, making the 24-year-old Gorham the youngest one in American history. He feels that his position can serve as proof to others that they can change the narrative and achieve their goals. “As a black male educator and leader, I have to empower our kids, to show them there is more than what the world may perceive,” he said.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.