High 5 4 Kids: Aiken teen receives awards for helping community and top grades

High 5 4 Kids: Aiken teen receives awards for helping community and top grades

(WFXG) - Academics, extra-curriculars, volunteerism – 17 year-old Aiyana Holland of Aiken does it all and that why she's FOX 54's "High Five For Kids" student of the week.

The Aiken high-schooler is right at home, taking college classes at USC Aiken. On top of dual enrollment, Holland receives top honors at school, seeks leadership opportunities, cheerleads, works part time, and volunteers with multiple organizations. Plus, she's had perfect attendance every day for 11 years, so far.

"I find me-time," she said, "but I really love being a helping hand to others, and just helping other people, and I feel like when you help others it's a sign of respect."

"I can say it a million times – I'm just proud of her and how she handles it," her mother, Sharon Adams, said, "and then maintaining a 4.0 average in school, and actually it's over a 4.0."

The City of Aiken bestowing her with a "celebration of character" award after she collected dozens of coats for others. Holland said she was inspired to do so after she gave the coat off her back to a fellow student in need.

"I need to do something. I need to help these kids," the teen said, "and so we came up with the idea, and I was like 'maybe a coat drive.'"

As her awards reflect all the hours she's put in to achieve her dream, of one day becoming a teacher, Holland said her work reflects her faith and the values instilled by her mother.

"Just being a good person, being honest, being fair, being true to herself," her mother said.

Do you know a child who is shining bright in our community, doing good for others or provide inspiration for their peers? If so, nominate them and they could be featured on our next "High Five For Kids."

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