by Terry Rogers
Each year, the Delaware Secretary of Education honors students from the current graduating class, recognizing them for their outstanding work ethic, dedication and accomplishments. These are qualities that exist both inside the classroom and out, representing students who make a difference in their communities while also maintaining outstanding academics.
“These students maintain qualities critical to making a difference in their lives as well as the lives of others,” Dr. Susan Bunting, Secretary of Education, said. “Students are recognized for their academic records and community service.”
Kally Bennett, a senior at Milford High School, was named as a 2020 Delaware Secretary of Education Scholar. Bennett, who is the daughter of Jaimie Argo of Milford, ranked number one in her class with a 4.73 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Delaware Fall Leadership Conference, 2018 National Leadership Conference, Ambassador for Educators Rising, Varsity Club, Float Committee, Powder Puff and Homecoming Court.
“I learned I was receiving the award from my school counselor,” Bennett said. “The qualifications for this award are strong academic records and community service. All the scholars were supposed to be honored at a banquet, but because of the current health crisis, it was cancelled. So, instead, they recognized us on the Delaware Department of Education website, and I received a certificate in the mail.”
Bennett, who works part-time at Milford Grotto’s, plans to study public policy at the University of Delaware starting in the fall. She will use the award to keep herself motivated in light of the challenges she has faced in her senior year.
“The most challenging thing for me is dealing with the fact that we aren’t going to have a traditional graduation ceremony,” Bennett said. “Receiving this award will help me stay motivated through any challenges I may face in college and beyond. It will remind me that I am capable and hard work pays off.”
Bennett credits her mother with being her inspiration to do well.
“She has raised me by herself my entire life,” Bennett said. “Throughout every stage of my life, I’ve had her support, and I wouldn’t be here without it. She continues to push me to be the best possible version of myself and I am beyond grateful that she’s my best friend.”