White Cliffs whizz kid reaps rewards of success

Treven Gravell exhibits several of the awards he won during White Cliffs Middle School’s year-end award ceremony on May 19. (AARON RICCA/Miner)

Treven Gravell exhibits several of the awards he won during White Cliffs Middle School’s year-end award ceremony on May 19. (AARON RICCA/Miner)

KINGMAN - As the 2015-2016 school year came to an end, one student raked in the awards.

Treven Gravell, a 15-year-old 8th-grade White Cliffs Middle School top achiever and Cambridge student, made several trips onstage to be recognized by teachers and peers during the year-end award ceremony on May 19.

In addition to the student council award, he also received two High Honor awards for 3.5 to 3.9 GPA throughout the school year and was the first recipient of the "Leader of the Pack" award for outstanding performance in all areas of academics, extracurricular activities and volunteer work.

He was born and raised in Kingman. His mother started organizing student council while he was in the 4th grade at Manzanita School. In 6th grade he decided to get involved himself.

"I like to be in charge and look professional," he said in reference to not just his appearance, but looking the part of a community organizer. "I like to know what I'm doing."

One of Gravell's biggest accomplishments is inventorying and running the school store.

"I'm learning what customers want and how to keep track of money," he said. He was an 8th grade representative for WCMS student council at The Statewide Student Council Convention, which was held in Phoenix May 5. At the convention, he was awarded the Student Council Member of the Year award. He was nominated by students from 33 other Arizona middle schools.

"It was exciting," he said.

Although he's a student government member, he didn't get to meet any Arizona government officials of any level. However he did take away lessons on how to motivate the student body.

"I picked up ideas of school spirit and how to encourage students to be successful."

Gravell plans to work with WCMS teachers and staff to organize pep rallies and give awards to students for outstanding accomplishments.

His parents played a huge part in his success.

"They got me what I needed when I needed it," he said. "They would help pay for school trips and give me rides."

Dan Emborsky, student council advisor at WCMS, spoke highly of Gravell.

"Trevin helps out during the summer and comes in early to help out teachers," he said.

Gravell spends summer hours helping out with random tasks to get the school ready for the school year. He'll do anything from move desks to sort out new textbooks.

"He helps reorganize and label books in the library, helps the librarian and the front desk," Emborsky noted. "He's an all-around good-hearted student who just wants to take care of people."

Gravell isn't planning to take the same academic route as his peers. He's already taking steps to raise money for college and will be taking advanced placement classes in high school. His ultimate goal is to attend UNLV or ASU for a business management degree.

"I hope to take the knowledge, work and spirit I've gained to be successful earlier than later," he said.