At the annual It Starts With Us awards ceremony at Murphy High School, Mobile County Public Schools honored four exemplary students as It Starts With Me winners.
They are: Cecilia Archer of O’Rourke Elementary, Caroline King of E.R. Dickson Elementary, Isabelle Reimer of Phillips Preparatory School and Mya Nobles of Baker High School.
The It Starts With Me awards are given to students at each level who exemplify the ideals behind the MCPSS slogan “It Starts With Us” through superior academics, leadership, extracurricular activity and service to the community.
A look at each of the winners:
Cecilia Archer, O’Rourke
Through her church and charitable endeavors, Archer is working to make her community a better place. She has worked with a local homeless shelter, Family Promise; works with her church’s Cardboard City to raise money for shelters; organized a Socktober sock drive at school; distributes water for downtown residents as a Mobile Junior League Little Leaguer; and created a Community Cafe at her church to help feed the community. Born with a congenital heart defect, she also regularly takes part in Jump Rope for Heart.
Caroline King, E.R. Dickson
An A honor roll student and National Elementary Honor Society member, King is also a Duke University Talent Identification Program scholar, a budding violinist, a frequent volunteer in various charitable activities and a member of the cheerleading, soccer and technology teams. This year, she created Bedtime Book Bins — community libraries at the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, St. Mary’s Home and the Ronald McDonald House.
Isabelle Reimer, Phillips Prep
Reimer was instrumental in Phillips’ adoption of a sister middle school in Houston that was damaged by Hurricane Harvey. She helped raise money through a T-shirt sale to donate to Brookside Intermediate School, which suffered flooding damage in the storm.
Mya Nobles, Baker High
In true It Starts With Us fashion, Nobles saw a problem and is doing something about it. Working with her stepmother in LEAPS, a mentoring program for girls, she was shocked by how few African-American girls were taking or even knew about Advanced Placement courses and has made it her goal to get more of them to take advantage of those opportunities.