Camelot Academy East Graduate Recognized as 2020 Student Achiever by the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Tribune
Three years ago Kamarah Rouse started at Camelot Academy East eager to restart her educational journey. After going through a challenging time at her prior school, Rouse was motivated to begin anew. She knew she needed to grow and mature in order to achieve her dreams.
It did not take long until Rouse realized how important her time at Camelot Academy would be. “They offered counseling that helped me a lot,” Rouse said about Camelot’s student-centered model.
Student Services Director Kia Riley recognized Rouse was nervous and did not know what to expect when she started. But from the start, she found that Rouse always had a big smile and was full of personality and laughter.
She quickly acclimated and learned to thrive in the Camelot Academy East culture. She became involved in student government and forged strong connections with other students and staff. Riley said Kamarah would do anything to support her school and became a dependable presence at activities involving social and emotional programming.
In June, as Rouse was about to graduate, she was recognized by the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Tribune as a Student Achiever, a distinction given to students who overcome significant obstacles for their determination and unwavering will to graduate despite personal circumstances. Rouse received the recognition along with 46 other Philadelphia students out of about 13,000 graduating seniors in the district.
Rouse was surprised by the recognition, but said that “it feels good to be appreciated.”
Camelot Academy East Executive Director Jennifer Green attributes Rouse’s success to her resilience.
“Kamarah is very motivated, has a great personality, and a positive attitude. She was a great student representative and participated in student government all three years,” Green says. “Most of all, she was especially resilient.”
Over her time at Camelot Academy East, Rouse worked to improve her focus and become more goal-oriented.
It was through her one-on-one work with Riley that Rouse developed the self-confidence in order to open up her eyes to the future. “My main priority with her was trying to help her with her future, push her in her academics and support her emotionally,” says Riley.
Rouse began to reach a breakthrough during her junior year. She started looking for a job and began to build a vision for her future.
Kamarah credits Riley for teaching her to focus on herself and work hard.
“I was more comfortable with her,” Rouse said of Riley. “She believed in me. When I would say that I couldn’t do it, she would tell me I could.”
Riley sees good things ahead for Rouse. “I see her being consistent with her dreams. I see her continuing to overcome obstacles,” Riley said.
Rouse hopes to attend Lincoln University in the future. Her dream is to one day start her own hair salon.
“We are truly going to miss her,” said Riley. “We all wish her the very best.”