Rhokaya Khalaf, This Week's Auto Express KIA and JET/FOX/YourErie “Good Kid” of the Week

Please join us congratulating Rhokaya Khalaf this week's Auto Express KIA and JET/FOX/YourErie “Good KId” of the week. Rhokaya is a 12th grader at Collegiate Academy. Rhokaya is a great role mode to all youth in our community. She was Nominated by: Jennifer Ditrich. Here is what she had to say.


Nomination letter: “Rhokaya is enrolled at Collegiate Academy.  She is involved in National Honor Society and continuously offers to do community service even when she has already met the requirements for the National Honor Society.  She is active in the JROTC class and all the activities thy offer except one while managing her schoolwork and maintaining a 4.5 GPA average.  She is also dual enrolled at Gannon University and maintains straight A’s at Gannon and Collegiate, even when certain days she has to miss class at Collegiate because her college classes overlap. She also has to take care of her family while managing all these activities she’s involved in, as her mother doesn’t speak English. She takes on many responsible roles at home and is expected to do things at home most teenagers aren’t expected to do.  She pays the bills, plays as the translator for her mother, cleans the house (her mother is also disabled 60-years old), makes any phone calls necessary for the family for appointments, finances and manages income for the entire household, while being there for her family when thy need someone to talk to especially her little brother who struggles with severe social anxiety.  She is an extremely responsible young lady who is really dedicated to improving herself for the sake of others. Rhokaya aims to achieve to the best of her ability even when something is acceptable, she will still strive to do the best she can and she won’t accept anything that she hasn’t done her best to achieve.  In 2015, Rhokaya shaved her entire head (hair length was down to her knees) to donate it to a charity dedicated to making wigs for people with cancer for free.  She endured many years of bullying at school at that time but dealt with it because she knew she had done the right thing.  She would like to join the military someday and pursue a career as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and the reason she wants to do these jobs is to continue her passion for helping others.  Every chance she can, even when she doesn’t have much, she will do anything she can to help people, even if the means to just ask if they are doing okay.” We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Rhokaya. To nominate a good kid go to yourerie.com

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