Freshmen: Do you want to be one of the “Teens to Watch” by the time you’re a senior? “Teens to Watch” are high school students like Eugene Boakye-Firempong, a senior at Woodlands High School, Hartsdale, NY.
Originally from Ghana, Eugene Boakye-Firempong is thrilled about the opportunities he has had in Westchester to develop his entrepreneurial and musical skills. He was a semi-finalist in the Westchester County “bizplan” competition for Fly Kickz, his custom-art sneaker business plan. “I made it to the top five,” he says. And playing the marimba, he made it to the national Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). “Music is a very big part in my life,” he says. “Growing up, I would listen to songs on the radio with my family. But it wasn’t until I came to the U.S. that I was introduced to jazz.” “He came here not knowing how to read music,” says Iantheia Calhoun, Woodlands High School’s band director. “He learned it faster than most of my other students, and now he’s our percussion and drum leader. I hate to lose him.” Though he wants to be a mechanical engineer (and his own boss one day), Boakye-Firempong would like to keep music as a central part of his life. Click here to read about other Teens to Watch.