Adria Green is 'Keeper of the Dream'


Eastside senior Adria Green is this year's Keeper of the Dream winner - marking the first time that two members of one family have won. Adria's brother, John, won in 2000.

DOUG FINGER/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 11:48 p.m.
Some of Yanetta Arnold's memories of Adria Green reflect one of the Eastside High senior's few notable flaws.
"Adria would always come to my door asking if she left her [car] keys," Arnold says with a smile.
As Adria's guidance counselor and as sponsor for Adria and the other Eastside cheerleaders, Arnold would uncover few other missteps. Rather, she would discover in Adria Green an exceptional work ethic and devotion to excellence.
With a list of accolades almost a page long, it's hard to blame Adria, 17, for occasionally misplacing her keys, and it's easy to see why she has won the 2004 Edna M. Hart Keeper of the Dream Scholarship award - as well as the affectionate admiration of the faculty at Eastside.
"Whatever you ask her to do, she's going to stick it out until it's completed - usually above satisfaction," said Greg Pelham, Eastisde's supervisor for peer mediation and conflict resolution.
Nominees for the award are sought from organizations, civic leaders, teachers, school counselors, etc. The Edna M. Hart Keeper of the Dream selection committee then sifts through the nominees, led by Hart's daughter, committee chairwoman Carolyn Spikes, a former educator herself. Nominees are assessed for their civic involvement, religious involvement, academic success, etc., and the winner is typically chosen by early December.
In the past year, Adria met and surpassed these requirements with achievements such as a 4.02 weighted GPA, a first-place award in the Santa Fe Community College Brain Bowl and a second-place award in the FBLA Public Speaking Contest for District 6. Adria has been a community volunteer in groups such as Excel and Precious Pears. She is also a member of numerous school groups like National Honor Society, and she is devout involved at New Beginnings Church of God.
Adria's brother, John Green II, who won the same award in 2000, was not surprised Adria won, despite adversity she has faced, especially losing her father to a motorcycle accident in the seventh grade.
"She was barely a teenager," recalls John, "and she was very close to my father. For a young girl to lose her father at such an early age, her ability and our whole family's ability to achieve the things we have, for her to be doing all that she is doing now. It's quite a feat."
With all the activities in which Adria participates, it's a wonder she has time to breathe. But Adria says that good time management and balancing make everything work out. Motivation is also a key to accomplishing her goals - and that motivation and assurance are provided through the love her family shows.
"Before [her dad] died, he was always a motivator," Adria said. "He was my guide and counselor."
Adria also makes it clear that her mother, Cheryl Green, has been no less of an inspiration and encouragement.
"My mother is my backbone," Adria said. "She's always been there for me, and she always assures me."
Adria is the youngest of three Green children. She also has an older sister, Celbrica, who graduated in May from UF, is applying to law school and is now working at the State Attorney's office.
The Edna M. Hart Keeper of the Dream scholarship has been awarded by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida each year since 1989, when P.K. Yonge student Karla Davis was the inaugural recipient. Since 1989, more than $35,000 in scholarships have been awarded.
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