Finding his voice

Kevin Wright

“Kevin takes advantage of all of the opportunities our school provides. He’s a great kid with a solid character.” – Cherokee Heights Principal Sarah Chaja-Clardy


When Kevin Wright began his middle school journey at Cherokee Heights he wasn’t just new to the school, but also to Madison. At first shy, Kevin soon became involved in AVID, Scholars of Promise and band, where he played trumpet.

Even with very busy schedules, his parents make it clear that “Kevin always comes first.” And they make sure the learning never stops, creating an environment at home that encourages his natural sense of curiosity. One example is a recent order of food delivery that prompted a math lesson where they compared the cost of delivery to purchasing the items at a nearby store.

Kevin says that his MSCR After School Program also helped the transition, making him feel more connected to school. Here he built relationships with staff and classmates.

As his confidence grew, Kevin started joining more activities, participating in the AVID and Scholars of Excellence programs, playing trumpet in the band and developing his leadership skills on the football field and in the classroom.

As Kevin reflects on his middle school experience, he is proud of what he’s accomplished. Preparing to begin his freshman year at West High School this fall, he looks forward to having more opportunities to explore his interests. He will continue to be part of the AVID program, and will participate in UW-Madison’s PEOPLE Program. His goal is to pursue Physical Therapy in college.