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Feb 09th

Education spotlight: Latrell Mckelvy

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latrellAn A1 Grade 4 student at W.I.S.E. Charter School, North Minneapolis, Latrell Mckelvy recently won the 1st place in the Grade 4 spelling bee contest held at Sojourner Truth Elementary.

“There are young and positive men in our community and my son is one of them”, says a proud mother Marshelle Mckelvy of her oldest child, Latrell.

Evidently, Latrell is academically very smart, but his performance in reading and math—his favorite subjects—is way above average. He is in a 6th grade reading class and 6th grade math class.

Latrell knows that his academic achievements contribute to the most important aspects of his personality, but there are other aspects too that need to be developed to be a holistic human being.

He is involved in many extracurricular activities in school and at the North Minneapolis YMCA, where he attends the Youth and Teen enrichment program.

He has displayed remarkable talent as an artist, African drummer, dancer and rapper through his involvement in a program called the “Beats and Rhymes”: a positive rap group that helps keep young kids and teens off the street. This group has performed on KMOJ.

The overall development of Latrell is visible to those around him. He is full of smiles and happiness. He tries to be a positive role model for his friends and little brother Lebron.

Insight News is proud to share this information about young Latrell, because, as his mother says, “Kids need to get recognition of the good hard work they do, rather than the bad that is going on in Minneapolis”.



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