Two Ladue Middle School students shone brightly at the International Literacy Association Conference last weekend, where they had the opportunity to interview keynote speaker and Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer.
The event was held at America’s Center where, on a stage in front of thousands of guests, students Dale Chesson and Kiara Crawford spoke with Octavia, best known for starring in films like “The Help” and “Black and White.”
When the students asked Octavia what she did at their age to become as successful as she is today, she told them, “It starts (with) knowing what your passion is, and knowing that it’s okay to dream and dream the biggest dream for yourself and then place no limitations on those dreams.”
Dale and Kiara were chosen as LMS Anthony Warren Diversity Cadre Students of the Year. Both were on Citizenship and Academic honor rolls, involved in KIDS Connection and ran track and field. Kiara was a Diversity Student Leader and on Character Council. Dale was a member of National Junior Honor Society and in band.
Jody Rozbicki put in a huge effort to organize and plan the successful event. Jody is a language development specialist and reading specialist for the Ladue School District. Her hard work and dedication to students is much appreciated.
Both Kiara and Dale’s families attended the event to support the students. Kiara’s mom is Leah Crawford, a fourth grade teacher at Old Bonhomme, and Dale’s brother, Jehu Chesson, is an Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) graduate who has found his place on the University of Michigan’s football field.
Dale and Kiara will both be freshmen at LHWHS this fall.
Congratulations again to these two outstanding students!
Click below to see clips of the interview.