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Current P.A.R.K. Students

Kobi White

There is so much to say about this young Little Rock Central High shining star. Kobi Rochelle White is an inspiration to all whose path she crosses. When Kobi entered P.A.R.K. in the 8th grade, she was as she puts it, “a well-reserved, quiet young lady who didn’t really talk to any staff members.” That partly was because she is legally deaf. There were times the staff and students would forget she was hearing impaired because she would not wear her Cochlear implant, yet would still communicate as if she could hear. She is very good at reading lips. Despite her hearing challenges, Kobi manages to go above and beyond in whatever she sets out to do.

When Kobi decided to wear her hearing aid regularly, one could not keep her quiet. Fast forward three years and you can find this formally shy kid bending the ear of everyone she comes in contact with. “Kobi is the most outspoken and active youth I know," said Melanie Jackson, Community Outreach Coordinator at P.A.R.K. With all of her hobbies of volunteering, swimming, hanging out with friends and reading you would not think she could find time for anything else, well; she does. She stays busy with the Little Rock Mayor’s youth council, Beta Club, Chinese Club, National Honor Society, National Society for High School Scholars, Arkansas Commitment, and at church working in the nursery and technology department.

When Kobi decided to wear her hearing aid regularly, one could not keep her quiet. Fast forward three years and you can find this formally shy kid bending the ear of everyone she comes in contact with. “Kobi is the most outspoken and active youth I know," said Melanie Jackson, Community Outreach Coordinator at P.A.R.K. With all of her hobbies of volunteering, swimming, hanging out with friends and reading you would not think she could find time for anything else, well; she does. She stays busy with the Little Rock Mayor’s youth council, Beta Club, Chinese Club, National Honor Society, National Society for High School Scholars, Arkansas Commitment, and at church working in the nursery and technology department.

Here is what Kobi has to say about P.A.R.K. and her experience there. “P.A.R.K. is a very important place of many close-knit relationships to me. Today I am an outspoken young lady who is not afraid to speak up for myself. I have a strong relationship with almost every staff member here. P.A.R.K. has helped me to further come out of my shell and learn how to develop relationships with others I meet.” She continues by stating, “I have always had a special place in my heart for P.A.R.K. because of the community outreach it does. P.A.R.K. has instilled in me a deep passion for giving back. As a matter of fact, I have earned over 100 hours of community service, so, than you P.A.R.K. for all that you have done for me and continue to do.”

Kobi has it all figured out for the future, at least the next five years. She plans to graduate from college with a degree in computer science. “At this point, I plan to be working with a prominent technology company like HP, Apple or Google.” Living in Atlanta, she believes will open doors to employment at one of these companies.



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