Student of the Month: Value friends, opportunities at DSA

Jun. 17, 2013 @ 10:39 AM

Kellie LeVine was the valedictorian of her graduating class this year at Durham School of the Arts.

The active teenager boasts a high grade-point average and service to her community and peers, 324 hours to be exact. She has also been honored with the Mayor’s Award and attended Governor’s School last summer.

Admitting during her commencement speech that she and her peers had a different high school experience, LeVine said that nothing compares to DSA.

“Being in an environment that values the arts so much, it’s really nice,” she said. “I could walk throughout the school and see my work and my friends’ work. I love the people at DSA. It was really easy to be involved.”

As far as friends, LeVine knows that she will make new ones but also knows that she’ll keep the old ones.

“I don’t think that I’ll lose touch with them. I’ll miss the environment and the opportunities available to me there. I’m still going to have my past with me.”

For sixth-graders new to DSA, LeVine said, “don’t worry about making mistakes. You have seven years to correct yourself. No matter who you are, you will find people like you. Just sit back, relax and let it happen.”


Student of the Month

Kellie LeVine

Age: 17

GPA: 5.0673 weighted

3.9617 unweighted

Favorite movies: comedies

Favorite music: Classic rock (AC/DC and Aerosmith)

For fun: I love hanging out with my friends and my family.

Organizations: Animal Protection Society of Durham, DSA Prom Committee, Student Action Board, Coral Society of Durham and many others.

Future plans: To attend Duke in the fall and major in biology with a minor in French before going on the veterinarian school.


About the award

Duke University and its Office of Durham and Regional Affairs are proud to sponsor Duke University’s Durham Student of the Month.

The Office of Durham and Regional Affairs strives to broaden and strengthen engagement with Durham and the Research Triangle region. Visit to learn more about the office’s educational outreach, neighborhood quality of life and economic development initiatives.