Maria Beebe

Maria Large14 years old, attending Brookhouse Secondary School, Nairobi. Maria was awarded a Beacon Scholarship in June 2015.

Maria has performed extremely well in the classroom, gaining almost exclusively ‘1’ for Effort and mostly ‘A’ for Achievement. She is focused, motivated, and contributes well in class, including helping her classmates. She has achieved Grade 4 flute, plays in the orchestra, and won the Music Prize. She achieved all her targets in Sport: U15 Rounders captain, and member of Netball ‘A’ team and Girls Football, and is reported to be a great leader within the team, who communicates well.

Maria was elected as the student council Rikka leader for her year group and has represented their views to the school. She also worked hard to overcome her fear of public speaking by putting herself forward for Interhouse Verse Speaking competition (Term 1) and Interhouse Drama competition (Term 3).

Maria made soap and cushions for the Maasai Girls’ Rescue Centre at Ilbisil School; and led a team in her year group to collect plastic bottles for recycling, in support of the Global Needs Project in Kibera. She is a member of the Music Round Square Committee to promote the IDEALS, and was selected to attend the Round Square conference in the US in August.

At Leadership Workshops Maria was shy at first, especially with public speaking, but we have seen her confidence develop over the year. She gets on well with the other scholars, is a natural leader and spokesperson, and is often the first to speak in response to questions.

Maria's Summer 2016 Beacon Citizenship Project was on 'Female Hygiene'. View a video of her presentation:


Maria's father recently worked for Amref Health Africa, an NGO, but sadly died prematurely in 2016. Her mother works at a healthcare organisation and remains highly committed to Maria's education.