Scholar Spotlight: Sa’vana Davis

Sa’vana Davis, a junior at Uplift Heights Secondary won the Dallas Mavericks Black History Month Challenge.  Her winning essay on gun violence in her community landed her a weekend trip to Atlanta, Georgia. The challenge allows students to answer a prompt, “I have a dream: How Black History inspires me”.  Davis felt very connected to this topic because she would like to be the change in her community.

“Last year in 2017 there were nine deaths in my life. Most of them were from gun violence in my community, and that’s what I made my essay about,” said Sa’vanna Davis, Uplift Heights junior.

The Dallas Mavericks sent five winners to Atlanta for a once-in-a-life time educational Black History trip. The trip took them into the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and demonstrated how he became the change in his community. Davis visited many historic sites such as the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., the MLK center and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities where Martin Luther King Jr. and his family attended.

“I really liked Spelman College, and I plan on applying there in the future,” said Davis.

Davis also had the opportunity to connect with the four other Dallas students who won the competition.

“Our essays were all different but brought great subjects to life like poverty, religion, politics, immigration and that connected us together,” she said.


The trip was a learning experience on the Civil Rights movement and connected with the way today’s society is working towards change. This spoke deeply to Davis as she is working towards change in her community.  As she stated in her essay, “I plan to succeed in life and give back to my community. Make the kids of the future have something to look up to, something to have hope for.” Davis is a prime example of an International Baccalaureate scholar exhibiting the traits open-minded, reflective and thinker. She returned with new goals in mind and knowledge to share with her peers.

“Going on this trip made me aware of our culture; we shouldn’t just celebrate it one month, but we should embrace our culture every day,” said Davis.

When she returned from her trip she shared her experiences with peers and teachers and joined in the celebration of Black History Month on campus.

“At Uplift Heights, we host a Black History Month program even though most of our school [population] is of Latin [decent], and  we are able to come together to celebrate just as Martin Luther King Jr. brought everyone together,” said Davis.

Davis plans on continuing her working towards the improvement in her community and her education.

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