Sydney Williams is a gentle leader with a fierce determination for success. As a student at City Academy, Sydney’s determination to succeed was apparent. After graduating in 2016, she went on to attend John Burroughs School (JBS) and continued to thrive. Her hard work and service to others have made her an excellent choice for this year’s Brightman Award.

Sydney is an excellent student, working hard to earn a 3.85 GPA alongside her busy schedule of extracurricular activities and part-time work. She is committed to serving her community and actively involved with Aim High St. Louis, volunteering over 250 hours to date. As part of the City Academy community for the past 12 years, she is always the first to step up and offer her help. She has tutored younger alumni in need of academic support, helped build and stain chairs for our outdoor spaces, and helped build our hydroponic pond. At JBS she is a member of the African American Affinity group and an athlete, running track year-round.

Despite everything she packs into her schedule, she is continually recognized for her hard work and academic achievements. As a sophomore she received Cum Laude honors on the National Latin Exam, and as a senior she received an Honorable Mention Scholastic Art Award. She was also the recipient of the SistaKeeper Scholarship this academic year.

Sydney is more than ready for a bright future, receiving acceptances to multiple colleges and universities, including the highly competitive physical therapy program at St. Louis University. She is still considering the next step in her educational journey and we look forward to watching her succeed no matter where it takes her.

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8 comments on “Sydney Williams – 2022 Brightman Award Recipient”

  1. 1
    Xavier Moore on February 14, 2022

    Sydney, I am so proud of you! You are an amazing young lady! I know your future is bright. You have a strong foundation and a large village to support you.

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    Mz Nena on February 14, 2022

    So very proud of Sydney and for her as she is deserving of all the gifts, praise & love shown. You go Sydney!!!

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    Tiffany Williams on February 14, 2022

    I am very proud of this young lady. 😉

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    Toni Jackson on February 14, 2022

    Sydney, you have grown into a beautiful young woman and I’m so glad you’ve been the recipient of many outstanding awards. Your future is bright and the sky is the limit! I pray God continues to bless and keep you as you continue your educational journey! Congratulations😊 and keep up the great work!

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    Valerie W on February 15, 2022

    Hey Beautiful young lady.. The future is yours for the taking enjoy it , appreciate it and most of all always Believe in you .. 🙏🏽. Love 💕 always Aunt Val

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    Katie Williams on February 15, 2022

    Sydney you make me so proud. I’ve watch you grow from a bright eyed beautiful baby girl into a bright eyed beautiful young lady Everything said about you is true your all these things and more..Your very smart sweet kimd considerate amazing. God has nothing but greatness in store for you. Just hold on because your gonna sore in life. I love love love you. Granny Katie.

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    Kelly Valentine on February 16, 2022

    Congratulations Sydney!! Continue with determination in all of your academic endeavors! Your future is bright with success!!

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    Katie Williams on February 16, 2022

    Sydney you are Beautiful all the sweet things being said about you are totally correct. You excell in all you do.I’m so proud of you. I’ve always known you would make everyone proud. I’m honored that you are my granddaughter. Wouldn’t trade you for the world. I love that your smart kind hearted loving nurturing encouraging inspirational focused intelligent well rounded just Simply Beautiful.

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