Devin Kilpatrick

Hometown: Rome, NY

high school: Rome Free Academy

college: Princeton University

MAJOR: Earth Science

Devin Blake Kilpatrick was born on March 26, 1997, to April and Roosevelt Kilpatrick, Jr, in Rome, New York, where he has lived his whole life. He has two younger brothers, Brendan and Cameron, who are 16 and 14 at the time of this writing.

Devin’s parents made his education a priority and Devin was taught how to read and write by his mother before school started. At age four he entered the Rome City School District, a rural, lower-middle-class district in Upstate New York. From a young age, it was evident that Devin had been blessed with academic talents, and his family and teachers strove to make sure that he would have all the educational opportunities he could desire.

Devin’s most important trait is his love of music.  He began piano lessons at the age of five and has continued to play throughout his life. He showed exceptional talent at a young age, earning A+ adjudication scores on NYSSMA solos as early as second grade. Devin also is a classical and contemporary vocalist, and has held lead roles in many school and community musical theater productions.  Devin is proud to hold leadership roles in his school’s Select Choir, Jazz Vocal Ensemble, and Concert Choir. He is also the accompanist for his school’s Mixed Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and Women’s Ensemble.

Devin holds his faith in high esteem, and is proud to call himself a servant of God. He has attended Saint John’s Lutheran Church since his childhood, and there he is a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher for third-and fourth graders. Devin enjoys the challenge of working with youth who have radically different levels of faith and understanding than he does, and considers his role as a teacher one of his most gratifying activities. He has also been an organist at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church for four years, and holds dear the synergy between music and his faith.

Devin considers himself an incredibly blessed individual and is thankful for the relatively problem-free life he has led so far. However, his father passed away this summer at the age of fifty, and Devin has struggled to come to terms with  monumental change in his life. Despite this, he has striven to be the best older brother and son that he can be for his family. In his senior year, Devin has been named Valedictorian of his graduating class, an All-State Choir Member, a National Achievement Finalist, a National AP Scholar, and a Coca-Cola Scholarship Semifinalist, among other honors. Although he does not have a single career path in mind, he is considering majoring in Earth Science, Statistics, or Physics, with the eventual goal of earning a PhD and working in an educational position.

Devin will attend Princeton University. He looks forward to the opportunity to learn from his fellow Ron Brown Scholars.

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