Rosarian student’s school challenges her to be “100 percent” true self

Palm Beach Daily News
October 18, 2016

Eighth-grade student Devyn Dyett is one of Rosarian AcademyÕs top performers, and not just in the classroom. She is an honor student and last year, as a seventh-grader, posted the highest academic average for all three trimesters among the members of her class. SheÕs also one of the schoolÕs top athletes and a leader at her school, serving as vice president of the Student Council.

Question:Where were you born and when did you begin attending Rosarian?

Answer: I was born in West Palm Beach and IÕve attended Rosarian since first grade.

Where would you like to go to high school and college and what do you look forward to as a career?

I would like to attend The Benjamin School or Suncoast High School. Some colleges I am considering are Duke University, the University of Miami, and Stanford. I might try to play basketball in college. I donÕt know exactly what I want to be yet, but I am definitely interested in the fields of sport medicine, sport psychology, or sports representation.

YouÕre active in athletics and student government. Why do you find those activities to be important?

I think sports are a great way for students in different grades who normally wouldnÕt hang out together or have classes together to get to know one another. I have definitely met a lot of the younger kids through volleyball and basketball and soccer. I feel Student Council is one of the most important groups we have in the school because we are the link between the student body and the administration. We work to make sure the studentsÕ ideas and concerns are brought to the attention the faculty and vice versa.

A day before school started this year, you attended a special seminar on respect and inclusion at your school. What did it mean to you?

That special seminar was called Challenge Day, which the seventh- and eighth-grade class, along with some faculty and parents, participated in. I think it was great way to start the school year. It definitely lived up to its name and challenged us to be our 100 percent true selves and not judge others. We learned things about others that we normally wouldnÕt share and that helped us grow closer as a school family.

How does your school encourage you to do your best and be the best person you can be?

RosarianÕs mission statement is titled A Foundation for Life, which I really think they live up to. They establish a foundation for your religious, academic and character/moral life. With this foundation youÕre set, so that no matter what high school or college you go to, you can always come back to your roots and your initial morals.

In addition to your classroom work, Rosarian students do meaningful things outside the classroom, such as community service projects. How has that influenced you?

I am also a part of National Junior Honor Society, which is the group at school that plans a lot of the community service activities. Taking part in beach clean ups and food drives helps us learn to give back to the community and that there are other people in our county outside of school who need help. Personally, I enjoy the events at The LordÕs Place because I love seeing the kids there and how happy they are when we come to visit. It shows me not to take things for granted because just little things like carving a pumpkin are such a huge deal for some of these kids.

Does all the work, study, sports and everything you do ever make you feel stressed? If it does, what do you do to manage that stress?

I also play travel basketball, which takes up most of my time on the weekends. IÕve been doing this since fifth grade and IÕm so used to it now that it is not really stressful, as it is routine. Even though there are some stressful days, it really helps me to make a schedule so I know exactly how much time I have to do my homework before practice and other activities. The schedule just helps keep my day running smoothly.

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