Risper Okello

Risper Okello Large15 years old, attending Hillcrest International School, Nairobi. Risper was awarded a Beacon Scholarship in June 2020.

Risper was previously at Gems Cambridge International/Hillcrest School. Last year she achieved all A's and B's for attainment and effort and was awarded Certificates of Excellence at Prize Giving for Kiswahili, Maths and ICT; as well as a Statement of Excellence in Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint Maths. She is described as having a “positive and mature attitude, determined with a desire to excel”.

In 2019 Risper received a Super Citizen Award for her Boarding House. She was Class Representative for Year 10 and Assistant Group Leader in President’s Award team, leading other students in camping expeditions, debating championships and sports. She has also won Outstanding Performance Awards in Music.

Risper is involved in Sunday School activities, especially youth discussions and singing. A natural leader with great positive influence on other students, she is a mentor, empathising with others and well-liked by her peers.  As a member of African Institute for Children’s Services, Risper is involved in an education community project amongst the Maasai community. She has donated books collected from her parents and friends for needy children in her village school and helped translate bible lessons to mother tongue and Swahili for children in her up-country home church.