Maria Beebe


Maria large15 years old, attending Brookhouse Secondary School, Nairobi. Maria was awarded a Beacon Scholarship in June 2015.

Maria is an excellent student and all her teachers speak highly of her. She is focused and driven, and has learnt to persevere with a readiness to learn from her mistakes and try again. She achieved all 1 grades for effort and mainly A grades for attainment, and has taken the French DELF diploma exam this term. She has shown great courage and strength of character to achieve so much whilst also dealing with a bereavement in her family.

A good all-rounder, Maria has been in the school teams for rounders, U15 netball and U19 football as goalkeeper. She took a lead role and played the flute in the inter-house drama and represented both her house and the school in Verse Speaking competitions. Music is a strength. She has taken her Grade 5 Flute exam and played in the school orchestra, taking part in the Christmas concert and the Beauty and the Beast play. She also sang in the Middle School Mass choir.

Maria represented the school at the Round Square conference in the USA. She also used her influence to persuade her peers to get involved in the Illbisil project, her 2016 Beacon Citizenship Project. She has done very well to get 5 external donors involved, and has also knitted hats, got her peers to donate clothes, and raised funds through the school for the project. She is to be congratulated on being awarded an International Student Award by CIS (Council of International Schools) in recognition of her contributions to the promotion of global citizenship and the development of international awareness in the community.

At Leadership Workshops Maria is confident and very articulate, showing great spirit and commitment to empower girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, qualities essential for being a Change-Maker. She is very well organised, focused and able to give constructive criticism. She displays many good leadership qualities.

Maria's Summer 2017 Beacon Citizenship Project continued her work on FGM and Female Hygiene at Illbisil. View a video of her presentation:

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Maria's father recently worked for Amref Health Africa, an NGO, but sadly died prematurely in 2016. Her mother is currently in between jobs.