Devon Cash

Hometown: Houston, TX

high school: Episcopal High School

college: Stanford University

MAJOR: Economics

Devon Cash was born on January 21, 1996 in Houston, Texas. The product of a single-parent household, Devon was imbued with a sense of social responsibility at an early age. He was a founding student at KIPP Liberation College Preparatory, a middle school servicing Houston's underprivileged Third Ward. Devon was elected class president at Liberation and was actively involved in the school's social justice program. In the spring of 2007, Devon and his classmates organized a community-wide protest on behalf of the Jena Six in Louisiana. Since graduating from Liberation in 2010, Devon continues to give back to the school, spending time tutoring students in algebra, pre-algebra, and social skills. Recently, Devon was invited by KIPP to speak at the KIPP School Summit 2013, a faculty development conference, to an audience of nearly 3,000 educators in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Currently, Devon attends Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas. He has excelled at Episcopal, serving as class president for three years before being elected as Student Body President his senior year. He is responsible for overseeing student clubs, planning social events at the school, and serving as a student representative to the administration. Devon maintains a 4.6 GPA and a course load that includes five AP classes, earning him a spot in his class' top ten percent. Devon is also a competitive athlete. He started as defensive end for the Episcopal Knights his junior and senior year, contributing to the team's 2013 SPC DI Championship. He has been a great example to his team as a captain, winning the Xfinity Scholar Athlete Award for his hard work on the field and in the classroom.

Devon is also an active member of his school's diversity club, Diversity in Action (DIA). For the past three years, Devon has attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), which provides students of rich and diverse backgrounds the tools necessary to implement diversity in their private high schools. Using what they learned at SDLC, Devon and his peers in DIA have organized the Houston Diversity Conference, a one-day version of SDLC targeting middle schoolers in the Houston area.

Most recently, Devon was invited to give a talk at TEDxYouth at Duchesne Academy, a local all-girls high school. This year's theme was, "The Spark!" Devon's 15-minute talk centered itself on "The Art of Working Itself Out." Devon proposed that things work out in your favor when you expect them to and assert yourself in making them happen. His talk was well received and has been featured on TEDxYouth's YouTube channel.

Lastly, Devon is a member of the Houston Scholar Program, which helps select high school students' transition to and through college. As a "senior scholar," Devon is a highly committed mentor to younger program members, assisting them in schoolwork and providing them counseling. In 2011, Devon received the Mentor of the Year Award for his efforts. In the spirit of this award, Devon strives to better himself by always lending a helping hand.

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