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Buffalo Public Schools awards Jesse Ketchum Awards to eighth grade students

Posted at 12:51 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 00:51:22-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Public School eighth graders with the best grades are awarded with a Jesse Ketchum award. The student with the highest grade point average is awarded a gold medal Jesse Kethcum award. Thirty six students in total won an award.

This year Hanifa Khalilullah won the gold medal. We asked her some questions about her award and what it’s been like succeeding during virtual learning.

What did you have to do to win this award?

KHALILULLAH: I had study a lot and make sure everything was on time.

You got a little time to figure out what you want to be when you grow up, but is math and science something you want to use?

KHALILULLAH: Yeah, when I grow up, I kind of want to be a pediatrician, which is inspired by my Grandfather because he was a doctor.

Wanting to be a doctor, what is it like with everything going on right now (COVID-19), from your perspective, what do you think about this?

KHALILULLAH: I just hope that whenever I do become a doctor, I don't have to do this virtually.

What has it been like, since last March, when you had to start studying at home?

KHALILULLAH: I didn't like it at first but then I had to get used to it.

Do you want to get back into school?


What do you what do you miss about it?

KHALILULLAH: Teachers and actually talking to people.

Any recommendations for other students who are studying online?

KHALILULLAH: They should, just take breaks and try not to like overwhelm themselves.