Meet Kingsley Owusu-Otoo. Kingsley is a Senior at Gainesville High School and will be graduating later this month (May of 2019). He has accepted a full academic scholarship to attend Notre Dame this fall. He also plans to attend medical school and become a neurosurgeon one day.
I had the pleasure of meeting Kingsley earlier in his senior year and was highly impressed with his intellect, manners, smiling face, and his persona. This is someone that will be famous one day. I have already had him agree to a follow up interview one day in the future. We will be able to see what he is doing and where he is. Be sure to watch out for him during graduation ceremonies in a couple weeks.
Interview by Brad Abernathy
Question: What is your favorite restaurant in Hall County, and what do you love there?
Answer: "My two favorites are Mellow Mushroom on Green Street and Atlas Pizza on the Gainesville square. I guess you can say that I love pizza."
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Hall County?
A: "My family is from Ghana in West Africa. After moving to Pordone, Italy, where I was born, we moved back to Ghana for another year. Then we moved to the United States and Georgia. I have been in Georgia since I was 3 years old."
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Hall County?
A: "Ashley Bell. I met Ashley through his daughter. Ashley has done a lot of work for our community through Generations Inspiration which is a non profit group that teaches leadership, communication, networking, teamwork, and character building."
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: "I would love to visit my birthplace of Pordone, Italy."
Q: What is your favorite movie?
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: "Never stop improving. Never give up. Good students are not necessarily smart and smart students are not necessarily good. Hard work can help one to get to the other."
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: "One day I want to move to Alaska and start a dog sled team."
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: "I love Christian music. Mercy Me. Tobymac. Chris Tomlin."
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in Hall County would you have lunch?
A: "President Jimmy Carter. I think he is a great example of character and power. I would take President Carter to Atlas Pizza!"
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Hall County?
A: "I think this entire community is wonderful. I had a lot of people help me in Gainesville and while at Gainesville High School."
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: "In five years, I will be in my first year of medical school. In 10 years, I will be completing my residency program as a neurosurgeon. Somewhere in between I would like to have an internship with a hospital that has a neuro degenerative facility."
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: "I love art. I like to draw and write my own comics."
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: "Will Smith."
Q: Who would you love to see nominated to be a Face of Hall County?
A: "Mr. Elie Viviant. He was my AP Statistics and PreCalculus Teacher at GHS. He spent a lot of time with me and was always so helpful to me. I would also nominate Mr. Richard Elsarreli. He was my AP US History Teacher and was instrumental in my education at GHS."
Q: If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: "I would choose a Coach."
Q: You did an AP Research project on Parents of High Achieving Students this year. What were a few of your conclusions?
A: "I interviewed parents of 15 high achieving students to see what they had in common. Thirteen of the students had two parents at home. Two of the students had single parents. Most of the students were from different cultural or financial backgrounds but received the same results. The main two points that were common were these: All parents instilled some form of no excuse making for their children. And there was a great emphasis placed on communication between parents and their children."
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: "Family. Tradition. Love."
The Faces of Hall County is a project to showcase the amazing people that live or work in our community. If you would like to nominate an interesting person to be featured please email firstname.lastname@example.org.