Kiwanis honors McKayla King with Scholastic & Citizenship Award


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McKayla King is the winner of the Kiwanis Scholastic & Citizenship Award. From left to right: Jim Michael, Kiwanis representative; McKayla King; Jeff King, father of McKayla; Jalinda King, McKayla’s stepmother; and Teresa Peter, counselor from Talawanda High School.

The Kiwanis Club of Oxford recently honored Talawanda High School student McKayla King with its annual Scholastic & Citizenship Award. 

The award recognizes students who have faced academic challenges and overcome them. 

McKayla lost her mother at a young age and struggled academically during her freshman year, according to the award citation. Teresa Peter, THS counselor and Hope Advisor helped McKayla schedule time after school hours for extra help. Now McKayla takes ownership and proactively asks for help when needed, according to the award.

This year, McKayla earned a spot on the first quarter honor roll, while balancing working significant hours at McDonald’s. She has grown from struggling with her own hardships to helping other students going through similar situations, the Kiwanis announcement said.