Outstanding DPS student aspires to give back to Dayton - 2/21/2019

Dewberry in the IT Department Working on Chromebooks


Alex Kincaid
Writer and Content Specialist

For Immediate Release

Thurgood Marshall STEM High School senior Kierre Dewberry wears many hats, but has one goal: helping others.

He is Student Senate president, works in the Dayton Public Schools IT department fixing computers and also attends Sinclair Community College. He will attend Wright State University’s Honors Program in the fall. With college credits already under his belt, he plans to graduate early and then attend medical school.

The goal is to one day be a physician assistant, serving those on the west side of Dayton — a place he believes is greatly in need of good medical care. He is motivated by his drive to help others.

“I want to go to school here, and then give back to this community,” Dewberry said. “There are really no doctors’ offices around here. … I thought maybe if I stay here and show people you can do something here, we can make it better.”

Dewberry has been on DPS’ Student Senate — a board made up of representatives from all DPS high schools — for four years, and was elected president in May 2018.

In this leadership role, he helps execute projects that help the community. The most recent undertaking is the Student Senate diaper drive, in which all high schools are collecting diapers to donate to nonprofits that serve women. Diapers are being collected until March 29; donations can be made to any DPS high school.

The Dayton native credits Thurgood Marshall for motivating him to do more for others. Teachers go “above the call of duty” to help students, he said. That support has meant a lot to him.

Dewberry has had nearly straight As throughout high school, and is currently waiting to find out if he will rank second or third academically in his class.

“My experience (at Thurgood Marshall) was great,” Dewberry said. “If I had to do it over, I would.”

His advice to fellow students is to do your best and take advantage of opportunities that will improve your life — whether it be pursuing a trade, a career or attending college.

Though high school can be challenging for some, Dewberry recommends students stay the course.

“You’re there to better yourself,” he said.