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SFUSD Student Leader: Kamiah Brown

SFUSD Student Leader: Kamiah Brown

02/14/19

Standing among San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and California Congresswoman Maxine Waters at a recent event honoring student leaders, Kamiah Brown was determined to join their ranks one day.

The Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School senior, along with Benjamin Bennett of Mission High School and Yarvell Smith of Galileo High School, was honored for her outstanding academic work and accomplishments as a student leader at the San Francisco National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Branch 96th Freedom Fund Gala last November.

Kamiah says she has been prepped for success since she was a small child. “My mom was a great impact in my life. She always put college first. She was on me all the time about learning outside of my schoolwork.”

According to her principal Dimitric Roseboro, Kamiah is an outstanding scholar, passionate student advocate and top-tier athlete. Her drive and ambition are a testament to her leadership not only at her school, but in the community as well, her principal said.

Kamiah maintains a 4.0 grade point average while serving on the Student Advisory Council (SAC) representing the interests of her peers on a district level, and is one of 30 students in the highly selective Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO) Scholars program. She is center/forward on the girl’s varsity basketball team, as well as team captain. In 2017, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Francisco section named her on their all-city list for the girls varsity 100 meter dash as one of the top 10 fastest female runners in San Francisco.

Kamiah Brown with California State Representative Maxine Waters

When she’s not on the court or field, Kamiah is an active student leader. At Wallenberg High School, she’s a Youth Outreach Worker (YOW), collaborating with other students to hold in-class presentations and school-wide events to keep her peers informed about a number of issues ranging from sexual health and drug/tobacco use to DACA and supporting immigrant students. Kamiah is also a Blue and White member at her school. Blue and White students are voted by teachers to help organize school events, open houses and even the school’s annual international dinner.  

Kamiah’s motivation? Her grandmother.

“I love my grandmother. Seeing her smile at my accomplishments makes me happy. I just want to make her happy,” Kamiah said. “I’m motivated by making my family proud, and having accomplishments makes me see that I am capable of being great and doing more.”

Kamiah plans to attend college and study psychology before going to medical school and training to become a surgeon or hospitalist.

Kamiah Brown with her grandparents