By Zawadi Nicholas, student writer
Meet Kenesha Bennett. A senior education major at Oakwood University, she recently competed in the Jeopardy! College Championship and Ford Black College Quiz. She is also the captain of Oakwood's Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team.
What drives Kenesha Bennett? Along with her passion for equal education, she remembers wanting to compete on Jeopardy! from a young age.
"I've always wanted to be on Jeopardy!, like always, always!"
She never imagined that her dream would come true, but it did. After much prayer Kenesha was granted the opportunity to compete with other students on the show and win money for school. She describes the experience as one that "affirms her belief that God can, and will, grant the desire of His children's hearts." Kenesha credits God for helping her achieve one of her life-long dreams.
Kenesha's second dream is to help equalize education in America. She recalls earlier in life being one of the few black students who were placed in the honors class. She observed that her fellow black classmates did not know as much a she did, though they attended the same school. Her desire to fix this was further encouraged by seeing "Waiting for Superman," a documentary chronicling the educational development of students in Harlem, New York.
"I realized that it was a struggle for parents from all over the country to find quality education for their students," she said.
Kenesha's love for the enrichment of black students is especially reflected in her love for Oakwood University. "Oakwood gives you an opportunity to see teachers who have worked hard for their degrees helping young people who are striving to be successful."
Watch Kenesha on the Jeopardy! College Championship today (February 12). Check your local TV/cable listings for air times.