Robert T. Lee Jr. is the younger of Felicia Lee’s two children.
Among the things about which Felicia admires mostly about Robert is his continuous drive and determination to excel, his competitive nature to go above and beyond to produce favorable results, his tireless commitment to manufacturing academic excellence — all of which, to his credit, has benefited him mightily in recent years.
Miles and miles away from his native hometown of Memphis.
At 18 years of age, Robert is a senior at Scarsdale High School, a tradition-rich public institution in Scarsdale, New York, located in the coterminous town and village in Westchester County, New York. Founded in 1917, the school is a part of the Scarsdale Union Free School District.
According to a study implemented by U.S. News & World Report, Scarsdale High School was rated among the nation’s top 100 institutions for math and science.
Like many of his peers who have enjoyed academic success at Scarsdale, Robert Lee has held his own at a school that boasts arguably some of the highest academic standards.
For starters, he has compiled a cumulative grade of average of 3.7 and has become a fixture in an assortment of activities — most notably an officer for Habitat for Humanity, the treasurer for Cooking For A Cause, a member of the Invisible Children’s Club, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Club, Global Camps for Africa, Midnight Run, not to mention a House Representative for the Student Government.
While a majority of his success has transpired hundreds of miles away from the Bluff City, Felecia Lee admittedly is all smiles, considering her son has been nothing short of impressive in since he set foot on the Scarsdale campus.
“I’m extremely proud of Robert on his many accomplishments,” Felicia Lee told MemphiSport Thursday afternoon during its inaugural “Salute To Graduates 2015.” “He has expressed all of the key factors. His father and I taught him during his journey in New York. He has taken every opportunity offered to him and enjoyed every step of the way. He’s the youngest of his siblings I couldn’t be more amazed of how he’s approaching his life with full speed and determination.”
Just like a well-sought-after five-star prep athlete, Robert Lee had drawn interest from an array of colleges before deciding to accept a full-ride academic scholarship offer from Vanderbilt University.
Initially, the former Memphis Craigmont High student had considered Rhodes College, Ursinus College, the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Hampton University.
After completing his higher educational studies, he plans to become a Neuro-Radiologist.
According to his mother, Robert Lee chose Vanderbilt, in large part because it was willing to offer him more scholarship funding. He was selected as an Ingram Scholar.
Still, while her son continues to bring her to smiles, Felicia admittedly misses him “dearly” as she acknowledged time and again on Thursday.
“We communicate on a daily basis,” Felicia said. “He’s my youngest child, but yet left home at the tender age of 16. He was selected by the STEP Program to attend Scarsdale High School and living with host Parents. All the hard work he put in studying all night, all the essays he wrote to apply for different colleges, all the trials and tribulations he’s faced in high school…he overcame them all.”
All of which undoubtedly will give way to Felicia Lee unleashing tears of joy when her youngest child’s name is called on graduation night on June 26.
“When his name is called on graduation night,” said Felicia, “I will think about how his life changed overnight…all the praying and how fast those two years went by.”
Two memorable years in which her youngest child had been nothing short of impressive.
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