‘Sweet smile & genuine heart’: Karissa Teer is July’s Student of Month

By Kaitlyn Parham
Times-News correspondent 


Karissa Teer is July's Student of the Month. [Photo submitted

Those who know Burlington Christian Academy (BCA) graduate Karissa Teer will tell you that she is a hard-working student, a devoted friend and a selfless leader. This month, she was able to add another honor to her long list of accomplishments — Times-News Student of the Month.
Ginger Canovai, who works in the office of advancement at BCA, said that she was a perfect candidate for this honor.
“Karissa’ s name is one that I heard all over campus this year as a student who always went above and beyond in every aspect of her life. Teachers, parents, and students alike all love her sweet smile and genuine heart,” Canovai said.
Karissa was accepted into Georgetown University early this year, and will attend the prestigious college in the fall.
“She is an exemplary student, dedicated athlete, passionate community volunteer and stellar young life example to all those behind her in years. I am in no doubt that she will excel not only at Georgetown University but in whatever task is before her for many years to come,” Canovai added.
Karissa’s abundant selflessness extends throughout the community as well, as she has a great respect and compassion for the elderly. For the past two summers, Karissa has been involved with the Twin Lakes YESS! Program, allowing her to spend time with residents and serve as a mentor to other volunteers. Karissa has also spent numerous hours volunteering at the Children’s Museum of Alamance County, and tutoring younger students in English and Math through a tutoring program at BCA.
Karissa’s parents, Gary and Sammantha Teer of Burlington, have witnessed her grow tremendously over the years.
“Karissa was a shy and timid child who was afraid to speak to people, even family members,” Gary and Sammantha Teer said. “Over the years, particularly her junior and senior year, Karissa has grown into a confident and articulate young lady who can converse with anyone and is a great public speaker. The best part of watching Karissa grow up has been that she has always remained thoughtful, considerate, generous and intuitively kind.”
   Throughout her high school career, Karissa constantly challenged herself with a rigorous course load of Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors classes, graduating as a National AP Scholar. She served as the secretary of the BCA National Honor Society, and received the honor of being the Career and College Promise Burlington Christian Academy Student of the Year in 2017.
Karissa graduated in May of this year as the BCA High School Class of 2018 Salutatorian, an honor that she “will forever be humbled by and hold close to [her] heart.”
In addition to Karissa’s academic success, she was also a well-rounded athlete during her high school years. She participated in both Varsity Cheerleading and Varsity Swimming for two years, and was a Swim Team Co-Captain her senior year.
Karissa was also an involved member of BCA’s Math Club, Shakespeare Club, and History Club, serving as a History Club Class Officer in the 2017-2018 school year.
“I am so very grateful to have been nominated as Student of the Month — I am humbled and honored to represent both my family and my school, and the tremendous effort each of those two entities has poured into my life, shaping me into the person and the student that I am today,” she said.
This year, Karissa was also nominated for the Times-News “Award for Excellence” at BCA in the subject of English.
“As far as my future goes, I am absolutely thrilled by the opportunity to attend Georgetown University this fall,” Teer said.
While she is not yet sure exactly what career she would like to pursue, she has a “passion for writing and a love for all things literary,” and plans to major in English and find her path along the way.
“I want to thank my incredible parents, as well as my grandparents, for their limitless sacrifice, their boundless love, and their eternal support — without them I would never have reached for the stars, and I certainly would not be who I am today,” she said. “I also want to thank all of the incredibly dedicated, loving, kind teachers and faculty at Burlington Christian Academy for all they have done in my life — they have shaped my intellect, my faith, and my character and by that I feel so blessed.”

Kaitlyn Parham is a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Teens & 20s writer.

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