Raven Derr Lee
East High, 12th grade
Parents’ names: Leslie and Kelly Lee
Student biographical information:
Members of the nominating committee said Raven is a strong leader in East’s school community. Academically, he is a hardworking, respectful student who is well-liked by his teachers.
According to Col. Rod Peoples, Raven’s Air Force JROTC instructor, Raven has thrived in the program and has earned the Most Improved Cadet Award, Purple Heart Award, Military Order of Merit Award and two JROTC coins.
“From being the public affairs officer, to shooting on our marksmanship team or giving it his all on the Raider Challenge Fitness Team, Raven is a standout cadet,” Peoples said. “He has motivational presence and leads from the front.”
“In addition to strong academics and ROTC leadership, Raven has become a skilled athlete in our cross-country and indoor/outdoor track program,” East High guidance counselor Angela Schelhaas said. “He continually pushes himself to grow his skills and demonstrates grit and perseverance daily.”
According to the nominating committee, Raven has overcome many challenges and always looks toward the future with a positive outlook of how he can make a difference in the world. Following graduation this spring, he intends to pursue a degree in journalism.