Lakes Elementary School’s Alina Porter, an Example in Excellence

Alina Porter, 10, is the granddaughter of Chuck and Gayle Porter and sister to Nico. Alina is described as a selfless, determined and gracious student who is wise beyond her years. She does not draw attention away from others. Even with her strong academic talents and achievements, she instead allows others to shine and is happy to celebrate their success with them. She prefers it when the spotlight is on someone else.

Alina Porter

Alina volunteers as a kindergarten bus safety, where her gentle good nature encourages youngsters. She is described as the “poster child for resiliency.” Nothing keeps Alina down or stops her from pursuing her goals. Her teachers, asked to describe Alina in a short phrase, chose, “Because nice matters.”

“Driven to be kind” is another description of this caring student. “She watches how others are feeling and reaches out to those needing a friend, a kind word or a smile,” her teachers say.

Academically talented as well as consistently kindhearted, Alina won the Sharp BMW Young Writers Award and the $1,000 scholarship offered with the prestigious recognition.

In addition to her schoolwork, Alina plays piano and basketball, and loves horseback riding. She enjoys art and is also a knitter. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville.

Lakes Elementary School teachers, staff and students are proud to highlight this selfless young woman for all she does by recognizing her as this year’s Example

in Excellence.


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