LARGO – Abdul Kaba’s focus on bettering himself is infectious.
As a senior at Largo High School and likely the class of 2017 valedictorian, Kaba has kept his eye on the constant pursuit of becoming and being better. He has pushed himself toward a 4.0 grade point average and his dream of owning his own business or becoming a computer engineer.
Through it all, he has been a student who believes in the importance of education.
“I believe that is what is going to make me successful in life,” he said. “Education is the key route. There might be other ways, but me, I believe education is the route.”
During his tenure at Largo, Kaba has sought every outlet to help him forward in life. He has managed a 4.0 GPA while taking various Advanced Placement classes, taking calculus as a junior, participating in soccer and lacrosse as it starts this year, and taking courses in advanced technology applications.
Kaba is involved in student government as the SGA secretary, the treasurer of the national English honor society, and secretary of the school’s green club. He is also involved in the Leap to College program and the Future Business Leaders of America.
“He’s a quiet force,” said Albert Lewis, an assistant principal at Largo High. “He’s very unassuming, however he represents the best of Largo in terms of being of the highest caliber of character.”
Beyond academics, Kaba has a strong character of selflessness and a desire to help others. He said his life goal is to “rise to the top” and bring everyone else with him.
“I want everybody to be on top with me. Everybody on my team, in my circle, because for me, being at the top by myself is not going to feel satisfactory,” he said. “It’s a feeling of not wanting to see somebody I care for doing bad when I know the potential that they have to be better in life.”
That mentality is also found in his desire to help others outside of school and his family as he has spent his time volunteering both with the Ronald McDonald House and with local animal shelters.
Looking forward, Kaba is weighing his college options. He earned thousands of dollars in scholarships from several schools. He is between Morehouse College, where he received a $100,000 over four years scholarship, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, which he calls one of the highest caliber engineering schools.
In addition, Kaba received full ride scholarships to Bowie State, Mississippi State and Morgan State and $60,000 for Hampton University.
Kaba is considering both business administration and computer engineering for his future and is deciding between working toward his own business, so he can be his own boss and use his business to help others, or becoming a computer engineer.
“He is definitely deserving of all of the accolades that are coming his way,” Lewis said. “He epitomizes what consistency is and he’s a role model for his peers.”