Celebrating Our 2017 Graduating Seniors

We will be posting a new graduating senior profile each day leading up to May 26, the last day for seniors.
 
Graduating Senior: 

Khaleel Santiago

Khaleel Santiago
Owings Mills High School

Tell us about a teacher, assignment, field trip, or extracurricular activity that had a significant impact on you during your years as a BCPS student?

Being on the football team was definitely something that had a significant impact on me during my time as a student. It helps me keep in mind how to present myself as a young man not only on, but off, the field. It also showed me, regardless of the circumstance, never to give up. Big thanks to Coach Gunthrop.

The person who has had the most significant impact on me is my school counselor, Mrs. Wilson.  She was always resourceful and encouraging.  She told me to remain steadfast to my values and goals.   Through every challenging moment either at home or in school, she found the resources and the means to keep me encouraged.  I have a list of people who have had a positive impact on me, but she is most definitely the first to come to mind.

During your years as a BCPS student, what did you accomplish that you are most proud of? 

I am most proud of turning my life around.  During my freshman year, I surrounded myself with the wrong crowd; I didn’t see anything for myself.  I woke up and realized that’s not what I wanted.  I changed my mindset which changed my behavior which trickled down into me putting in the work.  I had to want to change to become better not only in school, but my work ethic and as a person.

What’s next for you? What are your college or employment plans immediately after graduation?

I plan to move back to Philadelphia after graduation and work while attending college. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Ten years from now I plan to be in the music Industry.  I have aspirations of becoming a music producer and a businessman in the industry, and eventually working with people I looked up to growing up. It was something I always had a passion for doing.


“As a young man, Khaleel Santiago has conquered so many challenges. Those challenges ranged from his physical transition from Pennsylvania to Maryland, to struggling grades and family discord. He could have easily remained depressed and confused. However, his resilience, positivity and humor kept him focused on his education. He transformed himself from a ‘knucklehead’ 9th grader to a dependable and honorable young man. What makes his transformation amazing was the trigger. He decided that he wanted a better life and decided to do better. Many emotional bumps and bruises later he has become a leader in the classroom. He has become one of the most determined, caring and balanced students.” 

Andrea Wilson, school counselor

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