Ramata Dia came to the United States from Senegal when she was just 13-years-old.
The Lockland High School senior is exceling just a few years later.
“She’s not just survived, she’s exceled. She is a role model not just for the West African community here at Lockland and for those students, but for all the students who see what type of person she is,” said Kathleen Krause, of Lockland High School
She is a member of Lockland High School's National Honor Society, and will graduate near the top of the Class of 2014.
Ramata has a 4.05 weighted GPA and is ranked 3rd out of 37 seniors. She has been on the honor roll since arriving at Lockland.
“She has just been a bright light in the school year… She’s the type of student you dream of having,” Krause said. ”It’s not just in the classroom where Ramata sets the bar high, she also volunteers as a tutor for students after school. Dia also helps younger students work to grasp the English language.”
Ramata said, “I think it means a lot to them because they will learn to help other students. Especially, somebody who doesn’t speak English, they will help them just like I did.”
Krause said, “Ramata is one of the kindest and most respectful students I have had in my 28 years of teaching. She is a joy to have in class, and she always puts forth her best effort, often putting in long hours of studying to reach her goals.”