In less than a week, Aim High will kick off its 36th summer. To celebrate this historic milestone we are highlighting Aim High students and sharing their unique stories. Rising 9th grader Oliver will attend Aim High for a fourth summer. The following is a reflection of his experience learning during the FY 2020-2021 academic school year. What do you like best about school? I really like my school. I like it because it’s an opportunity. My parents didn’t have a chance to go to school. And I am happy that I get to go to school. My mom was in sixth grade when she stopped going. She couldn’t afford it. What is one thing that has brought you joy during the pandemic? My little sister. She is sweet and funny. And it’s fun to have a younger sibling. I get to spend more time with her. The minute I am out for a break or lunch I just want to see her because she is really important to me. What was your favorite part of Aim High this past summer and why (i.e., an activity or class)? STEAM was really fun because it wasn’t a normal class you would have in school. You really got to learn about the outside world, something you wouldn’t learn in school. In gardening, I learned about food deserts. I learned about a person that made a garden for their neighborhood. What do you love and are passionate about? Art specifically and drawing and doodling. I have been drawing since I was a little kid. I have never had a teacher. I have learned everything by myself. Drawing and art is a passion of mine. Last summer, you created a vision board with a space theme. What inspired you to create it? It felt like the right way to express what I wanted in my vision. The piece took two days to draw and pencil it in and another day to color it. My favorite part is the bottom part. I am an astronaut. I like myself and love myself. I am working on the goals on my vision board. I have been more organized. I am finishing the high school process. I am also drinking more water. How have you shown strength and resilience throughout this past year? Staying inside and taking classes online has been hard and my grades have been improving. I am really happy about that. Good grades are always something good to hear and share with my parents. What are your hopes and dreams for the upcoming year? I am really excited to go to high school. I also want to do some volunteering. Aim High talked about how it’s good to help your community. I would like to volunteer with a food bank or somewhere you can pass out food. I want to make a big impact in my school. And be remembered, and do something to help out. Aim High looks forward to seeing Oliver next week! We are excited to see the amazing work he creates this summer. Make sure to follow us on social media to see what students are learning this summer.