Con­cert is life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for se­nior at Sum­mit High

Star-Telegram - - Front Page - BY RICK MAUCH

Shaykeim Powe had never been to a con­cert be­fore.

He’d also never been in pos­ses­sion of so much money be­fore. Now he can say he’s done both. Powe, a se­nior at Mansfield Sum­mit, re­cently at­tended the first con­cert of his life, Bey­once and Jay-Z at AT&T Sta­dium. While sit­ting on the front row with 19 of his friends from the Boys & Girls Club of Ar­ling­ton, all hope­ful, his name was called out as the re­cip­i­ent of a $100,000 col­lege schol­ar­ship from the per­form­ers’ re­spec­tive foun­da­tions (BeyGOOD for Bey­once and Shawn Carter for Jay-Z).

“When they started list­ing the ca­reer goals [of the re­cip­i­ent], I start­ing think­ing ‘That’s me,’ ” Powe said. “But then when they

said it was me, it went wild, and I still couldn’t be­lieve it.”

Powe said he wants to use the funds to at­tend the Univer­sity of Hous­ton and en­ter the Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage In­ter­pret­ing Pro­gram.

And while he was thrilled for him­self, he ap­peared even more ex­cited for his fam­ily.

“I re­al­ized it means my aunt can fo­cus more on my lit­tle brother,” he said. “Now she doesn’t have to help me get money for col­lege, so she can put all of her at­ten­tion on him.”

Shaykeim and his younger brother, Jay­lon, a sopho­more, went to live with their aunt when they were very young. He said they will be the first to grad­u­ate from high school, and thus Shaykeim will also be the first to at­tend col­lege.

“I’ve known his aunt for a long time, and she’s raised two won­der­ful young men,” Sum­mit coun­selor Faye Mus­sel­man said. “I can’t imag­ine a nicer per­son to re­ceive this schol­ar­ship.

“When he said he’s ex­cited for his aunt and brother, he gen­uinely means it. That’s what is in his heart. Be­lieve me, I’ve known him since mid­dle school, when I was also his coun­selor.”

In fact, he is ex­cited that UH can now of­fer any funds they were con­sid­er­ing for him to an­other stu­dent.

“This also helps some­body else, so that’s even bet­ter,” he said. “Now some­body else can go af­ter their dream.”

Shaykeim has been a leader in the Ar­ling­ton Boys & Girls Club since join­ing in 2009. That, along with his good grades and an es­say that caught their at­ten­tion, con­tributed to him win­ning the schol­ar­ship, he said.

“The Boys & Girls Club has been a great part of my life,” he said. “We do a lot of vol­un­teer work and give back to the com­mu­nity.”

He has vol­un­teered at Mis­sion Ar­ling­ton and helped with se­nior cit­i­zens as part of his com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions. And now he wants to help oth­ers in his ca­reer, some­thing he has been fo­cused on since sixth grade.

“This girl came into class and she showed us some signs. She in­spired me, and I said, ‘I want to do that,’ ” he re­called. “I’m not flu­ent yet, but I have com­mu­ni­cated with deaf peo­ple, and it’s def­i­nitely a mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

And yes, he said he does plan to go to more con­certs.

“Aside from get­ting the schol­ar­ship, the con­cert was fan­tas­tic,” he said. “I def­i­nitely want to go to an­other.”

RICK MAUCH Spe­cial to the Star-Tele­gram

Shaykeim Powe, a se­nior at Mansfield Sum­mit High School, is the win­ner of a $100,000 col­lege schol­ar­ship from Bey­once and Jay-Z’s foun­da­tions.

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