BBBSCI Class of 2021: Kennedy and Jo Ann

Match: Little Sister Kennedy and Big Sister Jo Ann Wallis
Match Date: October 22nd, 2012 
High School: Riverside High School

Little Sister Kennedy and Big Sister Jo Ann Wallis have been matched together for 8.5 years. Kennedy is looking forward to graduating from high school this Spring and will be attending Oakland City College in the Fall to study Criminology. These two are most certainly going to miss being a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program! 

Big Sister Jo Ann shared that when she and Kennedy first met, Kennedy was hesitant because Jo Ann was older than some of the other Bigs in the program. However, as their relationship grew, Kennedy began to discover that they have very similar interests! Both Kennedy and Jo Ann really enjoy reading, the arts (drawing, theatre, and dance), various sports, and simply spending quality time with one another. Over the last 8.5 years of being matched together, their relationship has blossomed into a wonderful friendship that they will both cherish for the rest of their lives. 

As Jo Ann was reflecting on some of their favorite memories over the years, two videos came to mind. Jo Ann has a recording from when Kennedy is 10 years old and she was teaching her Big Sister a few dance moves. The second recording is from when Kennedy is 17 years old and she was once again teaching her Big Sister new dance moves. These two videos are very special memoirs for both Jo Ann and Kennedy. 

Finally, Jo Ann leaves her Little Sister with this message, “Keep up the amazing work you are doing to accomplish your dreams and goals; I am so very proud of you!” 

Even though these two are graduating our program, they have developed a friendship that is going to last a lifetime. Good luck with this next chapter in your life, Kennedy!

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