May Student of the Month: Korah Robinson

Published: May. 29, 2018 at 8:18 AM CDT
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At 10 years old, Korah Robinson has an impressive list of accomplishments. She's a standout at Washington Elementary in Mount Vernon and a leader in her fourth-grade classroom.

Robinson is a regular on her school’s track as a participant in Marathon Monsters. “The goal is to run a mile every day and by the end, you would have run a marathon,” she says.

She and other students from Washington gather before school to run. Robinson typically doesn’t stop at a mile, since she can run that distance in less than seven minutes. "It makes me feel physically strong but also makes me feel mentally strong, telling myself I can do this.”

Robinson’s attitude for running sets the pace for other activities in her life, including archery. She knows it takes determination to hit her target. "It's really important that you shoot every day, so even when I'm not doing it on practice days, I still shoot,” she says.

That hard work led to a trip to nationals this month in Kentucky, which Robinson says was a great experience and lesson. "Sometimes I don't have my best day and so I have to tell myself, ok, today wasn't your best day but tomorrow is going to be better.”

She also loves the stage, landing a rare role with much older students in a high school play. She played “Flounder” in a recent production of “The Little Mermaid” at Mount Vernon High School. "At first, I was a little nervous, like what are they going to think about me? Are they going to want me on their show? But once I got used to them, they were all really nice,” she says.

Her teacher, Kari Martin, says even with Robinson’s busy schedule, she finds time to show compassion to her classmates and others around the world. During the holidays, she packs shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, with basic necessities and some fun items for kids. “When they get the shoeboxes, they preach the gospel. And I think it's really important that children all over the world know about Jesus,” says Robinson.

"Everybody around Korah just feeds off her kindness,” says Martin. "They're always cheering her on and are super excited about everything that she's accomplished. Her knack for loving people is going to take her a really long way."

Robinson says she wants to be a doctor when she grows up, specifically, a urologist. She says she enjoys learning about the human body.