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IUSD STELLAR STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Bennett- Kew- Brycen Rankins - 8th grader

By Maygan Orr, M.A.Ed, Ed.S

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Bennett- Kew- Brycen Rankins

Brycen Rankins, an 8th grader at Bennett Kew K-8 School, has the “spark” necessary for success!

He wants to become an electrician one day and have his own electrical contracting company. Brycen says he chose this career path because he loves using technology and has always been fascinated with the way things work. He is inspired by his grandfather, who is a retired electrician and head engineer for LAUSD, who also had his own electrical contracting company at one point. Brycen aspires to take his grandfather’s dream to new heights. His dream college is UCLA, where he hopes to play basketball and major in computer engineering and minor in business. 

In addition to being a stellar student with a 3.3 GPA, Brycen has a passion for sports. This point guard has been on the basketball courts at his local recreational center since age of 4. His team won first place at the Baldwin Hills Recreation Center (BHRC) championship, and he also won the “Skills and Drills” contest. In addition, Brycen also played baseball for BHRC for 2 years, where his team won a baseball championship! He names his mom as his greatest inspiration, because she encourages him to do his best at all that he attempts and helps him to brainstorm ideas on how he can be more successful in school and in life. He also is inspired by Steph Curry because he is also a point guard and has excelled in his career, despite injuries.  

Brycen has always found joy in being of service to his school. At the elementary level, he was a member of the fun club after school program where he completed his own homework, but also helped tutor his peers in math, which is his best subject. As a middle school student, he is a member of Associated Student Body (ASB) where he assists with  fundraising and helps plan student activities. Brycen was also awarded student of the month at Bennett Kew for October 2023. 

Brycen has this advice to share with her fellow IUSD students: “Be positive and grateful at all times.”

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