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2020 SERVANT LEADER SCHOLAR

KHADEN BROWN

"I WAS TAUGHT THAT I NEEDED TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF AND MY DREAMS IN ORDER TO HAVE A CHANCE AT SUCCESS."

— KHADEN BROWN

KHADEN BROWN

Adopted at 3 and a half months old, Khaden Brown did not let his circumstances define himself or his future.​

"Adoption has played a major role in my life. I am not certain where I would be or who I would be if I had not been adopted", Brown said. "The family that adopted me allotted me the opportunity of stability in my life and have shown me that DNA is irrelevant when it comes to their love and support...They expressed to me that I was unique and that my situation did not define my person."

While not defining him, Khaden's experiences have instead sharpened him and paved him a path for greatness. Brown will be attending Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University in the Fall of 2020 in pursuit of a degree in Pharmacy.

Khaden hopes to become a pharmacist in order to learn more about medicine and help others in his community.

 

"The lessons learned from my family have shaped me into the young, academically accelerated, emotionally sound, motivated young man that I am today", Brown said.

Brown's experiences and positive perspective on life have translated into a unique presence with others he encounters, apparent even to the faculty and staff at Stephenson High School. "Whether discussing various injustices taking place in our society, the value of education, or the legal process, Khaden encourages all he meets to cling to their beliefs while understanding those of others", said English Educator, Mr. Mario Miner.

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2020 SERVANT LEADER SCHOLAR

STEPHENSON HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 2020

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY, CLASS OF 2024

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"I HAVE LEARNED THAT IT IS ABOUT HELPING NOT ONLY ME, BUT HELPING PROGRESS AND CULTIVATE THE ENTIRE WORLD."

— KHADEN BROWN

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THE POWER OF MUSIC

During his time at Stephenson High School, Khaden was involved with the Men of Distinction, the Stephenson “Sonic Sound” Marching Band as a drum major, and the Stephenson Wind Ensemble, serving as the Lead Trombone Player.

 

"I love to play the trombone because music heals me", said Brown. "Playing an instrument forces you to use both sides of your brain which will enhance your reasoning skills and memory. I am developing my brain at an early age and I am able to process multiple things at once. For me, music also reduces my stress level and it keeps me occupied...Most importantly, I enjoy making music."

Aside from music, Khaden devotes much of his time serving in the community. Khaden has spent time volunteering with the Stephenson Community Angels and HOSEA Feed the Homeless.

"Because I know the importance of community service and making a positive impact on others around me, I mentor younger students at my school", Brown said. "Several individuals have assisted me throughout my high school years, and I want to pass it forward by assisting younger students at my school."

Further speaking to the indelible mark Brown leaves wherever he goes, Mr. Mario Miner said, "I can firmly say that his presence in our school, his unbelievable work ethic, determination and passion for assisting others, has positively impacted his peers, our school and our community."

Exemplifying all the qualities of a servant leader, Brown is surely poised to be a world changer.

Khaden during a Stephenson football game.