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Student of the Month | January 2020

Aissa Dearing

January 2020 DPS Student of the Month is Aissa Dearing from J.D. Clement Early College High School at North Carolina Central University.

Aissa Dearing is a senior at ECHS who excels both inside and outside of the classroom. Her achievements are remarkable, awards are numerous, and community service impeccable for a high school student.

At ECHS, Dearing is a member of the National Honor Society, Human Rights and Activism Club, and the Latinx Club. Her eloquence and outstanding public speaking abilities have contributed much to her success in these organizations.

When Dearing is not in school, she can be found working with several community groups including the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Youth Justice Project, East Durham Children's Initiative (EDCI), and Made in Durham. She is also the co-founder of The Durham Climate Justice Initiative which she co-founded with our October 2019 Student of the Month, Elijah King. The organization hosts monthly conversations with youth, community leaders, and politicians to create a more inclusive climate justice movement in Durham.

In addition to school, extracurricular activities, and community service, Aissa works a part-time job as a qualitative researcher at the Durham County Department of Public Health. She can be found facilitating focus groups for youth to provide context for the statistics found in the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Dearing is a self-motivated and giving person. She is an avid researcher and student of the origins of modern racist thought.

ECHS Principal Dr. Gloria Woods-Weeks said, “I have watched this young lady develop socially, emotionally, and academically over the course of her high school career. Her achievements are remarkable as well as her growth as a person. She has evolved into a phenomenal young lady. I consider Aissa to be one of the finest young women in Durham. It has been a plum, pleasing, pleasure to serve as her high school principal!”

Upon graduating from ECHS, Dearing would like to study history and environmental science at a historically black college or university.

We are extremely proud of Aissa Dearing’s commitment to her community and to her peers at J.D. Clement Early College High School. The Durham Public School Board of Education is looking forward to honoring her during the upcoming board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23.