Fulton Homes Be KOOL Stay In School

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Meet our latest Fulton Homes Be KOOL Stay In School qualifier.  Kiana Ballew wants to attend UCLA. 

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My name is Keisher Ballew I would like to nominate my daughter Kiana Ballew(kiki) an 8th grade student at Wigwam Creek Middle school.  Kiki is a very intelligent young lady who has had her mind made up to attend UCLA for the past 2 years.  Next year she will attend AAEC High School which will enable her to earn her associates degree while  earning her high school diploma.   Kiki has managed to stay focused on her studies as well as her future despite the tragic loss of her 5 year old brother Eric Ballew Jr.  Eric Passed away 8 years ago as a result of Influenza A.  Unfortunately she was the first person to see Ej that morning, they slept right next to each other the night before.  We were on vacation for Thanksgiving, he passed the morning after Thanksgiving day.  EJ and Kiki were inseparable (they were 18 months apart).  Kiki experienced a lot of feelings of just not wanting to live  anymore without EJ.  This has been heartbreaking and gut wrenching to watch a small child go through such a tragedy and not really know how to cope.  Thanks to my prayers and Gods healing hand she is living her life and for the most part she is a very happy, loving, caring and one of the most giving human being that I have ever met.  A few years after EJ’s passing Kiki’s father and I decided to end our marriage in divorce.  Her father, a well educated man is no longer a part of her life as a result of his own life struggles.  However, this continues to be an ongoing struggle for her because she doesn’t understand and I can’t explain why her path of life had to cross this terrible intersection.  I pray that she will continue to keep her head held high, keep trusting in the Lord, and continue to do a beautiful job in school.  I forgot to mention that she is also a National Junior Honor Society student.

Click here for all the details on how you can nominate a deserving 6th, 7th or 8th grade student.


One Comment

  1. Liz says:

    Katfish, we heard you this morning before school. Congrats on becoming a grandfather! I hope you got to spend a little time with your son too. You’ll have to show everyone a photo like Steve and Camelback Jack do. Something must be in the water over there. So, who’s next? 🙂

  2. Robert says:

    Kiki, it is very heart very warming to my heart to see how you have over come so much in your very young life and stayed focused on school. Stay on your current path and you will soar to hieghts you never dreamed of.

  3. Kyle Family says:

    We are so proud of you KiKi. Keep up the good work. We love you!
    Kyle Family

  4. Mrs. Matczak says:

    Kiki is so full of life and I enjoy the days she comes to my class with such a positive and uplifting attitude. Good Luck!

  5. Necole Nicholson says:

    Kiki you are a very Beautiful & Bright young lady stay focus,keep God first and everything else will fall in place. Love you!!!!

  6. Ms. Hodgkin says:

    Kiki never fails to brighten my day with her upbeat attitude and her love of learning. She never gives up even when she struggles with a concept, she continues to ask questions and push through. It has truly been an honor to have this young woman in my classroom and I will never forget the impact she has had on myself and her fellow classmates.

  7. Mr. Brandon Nicholson says:

    I think that this is really good for her, I really do feel she deserves this. I’m very proud of her.

  8. leon and Barbara nicholson says:

    Kiana is our very smart and respectable grandaughter that we love and have a lot of faith in her that she will be sucessful and we would like her to win so she will be able to further her education, she has a beautiful smile and attitude to match we feel she’s has worked hard to stay on top, hoping for a bright future for her.

  9. Higginbotham Family says:

    We are so proud of you Kiki! You are such an intelligent young lady and a joy to be around. You have the most pleasant attitute and you have shown us that although you may face trials and tribulations in life…that it’s possible to persevere. I am confident that you will be a UCLA graduate in the future & I will be at your graduation waiting to greet you with a big hug & a beautiful bouquet! Stay dedicated & keep up the good work! We love you! :}

  10. Maria Urtiz says:

    I have been a friend of Kiana and Keisher through out the story of events her mother has listed here. What can I say —Kiana is amazing and has over achieved academically to shine for herself and her mother and brother. Let Kiana’s inspiration be a great positive influence on all kids with struggles who have experienced a 1/3 rd of Kiana’s tragic moments inher ripe age. I am hopeful and sure that Kiana will conitnue to succeed academically and will seek her career of choice and be very successfull as a young adult. May god continue to bless this child and anyone else who have experienced any loss with a family member. God is good!!

  11. Ashley Grant says:

    Kiana Ballew I am so so very proud of you! You have grown to become such a beautiful young lady and I know that you are going to only blossom further. Continue to stay strong in all your endeavours and keep God first in all that you do. I love you and I am proud to call you my cousin! Muah!

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