Devan Smith: MCS February Student of the Month
The Marietta City Schools February Student of the Month, Devan Smith is an exemplary student with stellar academic achievement. Devan, a senior at Marietta High School, is a standout scholar due to his commitment to learning and his drive to succeed. Devan moved to MCS at the beginning of his junior year and immediately jumped into the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Despite not having previously taken pre-IB classes, Devan was determined to challenge himself in the most rigorous courses offered at Marietta High School.
When facing a challenge, Devan rises to the occasion by pushing through adversity and not letting roadblocks deter him. At the age of five, Devan was placed in the foster care system, where he lived in six different foster homes until he was adopted at age 12.
“At an early age, I decided to be more, provide for my future family, and provide a much better life and childhood than that of which I received growing up,” Devan said. “The desire of wanting to be a better future parent and positive influence on as many people as I can be has been the motivation for my efforts this far.”
Devan continues to succeed in his honors and IB classes and maintains a 3.3 GPA. He is very involved in the theater program, where he has held lead roles in many productions, in addition to also serving as stage manager and director for other productions. Devan was accepted into the Broadway Artist Alliance Program in New York, he won the 2018 Best Performance as Lead Actor, and was named the 2017 City Champion for the National Baptist Oratorical Contest. Devan has also received three Outstanding Character Awards from the Kiwanis Club.
Devan has served as the President of YOUTH (Young Organizers United to Help) where he has been involved in canned food drives, homeless outreach projects, and providing a play therapy room for elementary students who have had traumatic experiences. Devan has also served as a Blue Devil Buddy, mentoring 9th-grade students through their first year of high school.
In addition to all of the time he devotes to his academics, theatrical endeavors, and community service, Devan has maintained two part-time jobs. Devan is a role model inside and outside of the classroom, and his teachers describe him as a model student with exceptional character.
Congratulations to Devan Smith, the Marietta City Schools Student of the Month!