Class of 2024: Malachi

Meet Malachi, a graduating senior from Carolina High School in Greenville.

Malachi’s journey with Communities In Schools began in 10th grade when he found a mentor in Mr. James Odom, a site coordinator who fostered inclusivity at school while helping Malachi build meaningful connections outside of the building. 

Ms. Miranda Burton, one of Malachi’s site coordinators, has witnessed a transformation over the years. His once-introverted nature gave way to confidence and self-assuredness. In his senior year, Malachi began attending the Fine Arts Center – the first specialized arts school in South Carolina – and exploring new artistic mediums. 

Malachi’s first metal sculpture titled “Briar” (pictured below) earned him a prestigious Gold Key in the 2024 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The piece, currently on display in New York City and up for a national award, reflects Malachi’s profound insight into human nature and personal growth. “This is a piece to show that sometimes we as humans put ourselves in cages that we think are protecting us when in reality, they’re only holding us back – hurting ourselves and those around us,” shared Malachi. 

Reflecting on his time with CIS, Malachi emphasized the invaluable support and guidance. “Communities In Schools has helped me reach my goals and make connections along the way,” Malachi shared.

As Malachi prepares to embark on his next chapter at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), pursuing a BFA in Fine Arts and majoring in animation, his commitment to artistic expression and personal growth serves as an inspiration to those around him. 

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Communities In Schools of South Carolina collaborates with schools and partners to improve retention, promotion and graduation rates. During the 2022-23 school year, 99 percent of seniors enrolled in the CIS program graduated or received a GED. In comparison, the state graduation rate that year was 84 percent.

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