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As the MSCS 2023 graduation season begins, we are spotlighting some of our exceptional seniors. These students exemplify this year’s theme, “The Class of 2023: We Stand Out.” As they prepare to embark on their next endeavors, we celebrate their accomplishments and are inspired by their reflections and aspirations for the future.
Hear more about these extraordinary scholars as they share their unique stories.
Malachi Benton, a graduating senior from Memphis Virtual School, has been nominated for a $1,000 grant to aid in his entrepreneurial journey. As a student, he’s helped out with the STAND Food Pantry and participated in Project STAND’s Mentorship Program. Malachi has shared his story of success and experience of mentorship with audiences from Washington D.C., Memphis, and St. Louis. Malachi also enjoys gaming and working on his business in his free time. After high school, Malachi intends to attend a two-year trade school and become an entrepreneur.
Keep reading to learn more about Malachi’s advice for incoming freshmen.
What has been your favorite part about being at your high school?
My favorite part was creating a food pantry to help those in need.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In the next 10 years, I envision myself becoming a seven-figure entrepreneur.
How has your high school prepared you for success?
I think that my high school helped prepare me for success by giving me access to college tours and other, similar opportunities.
Have there been any MSCS teachers/employees who have made a big impact on you?
Keisha Jackson, Tracy Gorea, Anthony Cooper, Frederick Collier, Juan Fisher, and Tarol Page Clements.
What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?
I would advise incoming high school freshmen to attempt to strike a balance between social and academic obligations. Don't let social media or hanging out with your friends distract you from your studies. Make time for studying and homework, and make an effort to keep up with your workload.
Do you have a quote that inspires you?
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings
Malachi, never stop chasing your dreams! MSCS wishes you the best in your future endeavors!
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