A fifth grade student at Barwell Road Elementary School in Raleigh is the definition of what it means to be a well-rounded student. Sarhtee Kaw was born in Thailand and spent his first few years in a refugee camp before eventually moving to the United States when he was six. At that time, Sarhtee didn’t speak English, but it didn’t take him long to learn the language.
“Sarhtee has been pretty much firing on all cylinders academically,” said Bryan Allyn, Sarhtee’s teacher at Barwell Road Elementary. “He's very, very smart.” Sarhtee has most recently tried his hand at art. One of his paintings of a Ferris wheel has been displayed all over North Carolina. But Sarhtee remains humble about how good he really is. “I did pretty good,” Sarhtee said. But all his hard work didn’t come cheap. “I had to bribe him with some pizza, but he came in on his track-out days to work on this,” said Allyn. “And he also gave up quite a bit of recess,” Allyn added. But Sarhtee doesn't mind all the hard work; he says it’s worth it. It also helps that he has a lot of support from his teachers and classmates.
“They ask me like, 'is it gonna be on the news?' and stuff and they congratulate me when they see it and say how good it is,” Sarhtee said. And if academics and the arts weren’t enough, Sarhtee also loves to play football. “He does great in just about everything that he does. I'm pretty confident that that little man over there is gonna be the future of America someday,” said Allyn.
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