McDonald’s has named Crispus Attucks High School seniors Mueenat Omotola Egbeyemi and Kadidiatou Keita as 2022 Black History Makers of Today, a leadership honor that includes a $1,000 scholarship.
Sponsored by McDonald’s owner/operators of greater Indiana and southwest Michigan, the program will provide scholarships and recognition for up to 16 senior high school students, selected by their teachers or McDonald’s employer for their exceptional academic achievement, leadership, character, and community service.
Each student will be featured this month on WISH-TV 8 as part of a celebration of Black History Makers as a youth making a positive impact in their community.
Egbeyemi and Keita are employed at McDonald’s at 6830 W. 38th St. in Indianapolis. The store’s general manager is Keisa Malone, who nominated Egbeyemi, bound for Indiana University in the fall to study medicine.
“I nominated Omotola for the Black History Maker of Today because she soars at all that she puts her hands-on,” Malone said. “She’s an amazing young lady that takes pride in everything that she does. She is committed to working hard and strives for greatness no matter the obstacles in her path. She always has a smile on her face, positive energy, and a pleasant demeanor when interacting with our customers and her co-workers.”
Ymichelle Long, a counselor at Crispus Attucks, nominated Keita for the honor because of the young woman’s work as a community volunteer.
“Even during the pandemic when things were shut down, she continued to ask me about where she could volunteer or what college program she could sign up for,” Long said. “And her personality, demeanor, and drive to succeed are awesome.”
After graduating from high school and college, Keita wants to return to her home country of Senegal to improve the lives of residents by creating technology opportunities for people who are cut off from the rest of the world.