Years Attended – PK4 – 7th Grade
Year Graduated – 2011
Favorite teacher – Mr. Tate
What would you thank Kehoe-France for? – I would thank them for being so supportive of Kids Wanna Help® when we were at Kehoe-France.
The Choice to Succeed
As Beverly Brown settles into Harvard University for her freshman year, she still feels a sense of wonderment and awe that she is actually attending such a storied and prestigious university. However, from a very young age, Beverly will tell you, she learned to value education, and to do her absolute best. “At Kehoe-France, at a foundational level, they instilled how important education is,” Beverly says. “It was not just about getting good grades, but about how to put in your best effort — to give 100 percent.”
Take one look at her list of accomplishments up to now, and it becomes clear that she lives what she learned. She was co-valedictorian of her senior class; a 2015 Yale Young Global Scholar — one of only 200 chosen from 92 countries; a National Merit Finalist; a United States Presidential Scholars Program Finalist; St. Scholastica Academy Student of the Year; LHSAA Academic All-State in both golf and cross country; recipient of the American Youth Foundation National Leadership Award; a Coca-Cola Scholar; a U.S. Lacrosse certified referee; as a child, she co-founded Kids Wanna Help® — a non-profit that gives kids the opportunity to raise money for charities of their choice; she was a delegate to the U.S. Senate Youth Program — one of only two chosen from the State of Louisiana; she was a member of the LA Legislative Youth Advisory Council, where she chaired the Municipal Outreach Committee; she was a team leader for PRIDE Youth and Community Resources; captain of the SSA lacrosse team; and she was a seven year member of the steering committee for the Three Rivers Arts Festival, where she served as volunteer coordinator for the entire festival for two years. Beverly is also a brown belt in Kenpo Karate. At Harvard, Beverly plays club lacrosse and is on the climbing team.
As she reflects on her time at Kehoe-France, she remembers that the teachers made such a huge impact because they made the learning experience fun and competitive, so that you wanted to learn more and be prepared. “The teachers would play academic games with us and our class would bond in the process. This brought us closer as a class and made us want to learn.” They also fostered social relationships through teaching styles that encouraged camaraderie. For Beverly, Kehoe-France is where some of her deepest and most lasting friendships were formed, and they remain intact today.
She recalls how the teachers did more than teach academics; they taught you that what you did as a person, a part of your community was important as well. “I remember one day, Miss D cut out a picture from the newspaper that I was in for something outside of school, and she put it on the board,” Beverly says. “It made me feel good that she was interested in me, the person.”
Beverly recalls Mr. Tate, her most influential and at the same time, most difficult teacher at Kehoe-France. She says it is because he really cared and he was so fun. But she also recalls that his was one of the first hard classes she had. “It was an important association, that even though something is hard, it can still be fun,” she says. “Mr. Tate challenged us to meet not only his expectations, but our own as well. He made me realize when it got more difficult that I could make the choice to succeed, or simply slack and take the B. I decided I would succeed.” As she becomes an adult and decides her path, Beverly says she hopes to get her Masters, delve into Aerospace Engineering, and maybe one day work for NASA.
“I probably can’t even begin to understand how much Kehoe-France influenced me,” she recognizes. “Kehoe-France probably made me want to get into Harvard. When I was much younger and in the lower grades, that’s when they were shaping me into the person I am becoming today.”