Described as possessing “a natural talent for music and an innate ability to analyze, understand, and become intuitively proficient on any instrument he chooses.” Dakari Morris-Jackson has been playing drums since he was four, singing since the age of five, and playing piano since he was six. His childhood, however, was not rosy: wrenched away from his parents as the outcome of a tragic accident, he was sent to live with his loving great-grandmother, whose death, ultimately, sent him to his third home, that of his devoted aunt and uncle. Despite—or, perhaps, because of—these early losses, Dakari is a leader and youth mentor at his church, the Christian Life Center. Recommenders rave about his cheerful character, solid work ethic, unfailing politeness, and incredible rapport with kids and adults. “I Want to be an inspiration to my little brother. Although my brother is severely brain-damaged, he still understands what happens around him. I plan on making my great-grandmother and the rest of my family proud…” A graduate of Victory Christian Academy with a GPA of 3.08, Dakari will attend Grand Canyon University and major in Worship Studies. “God has lifted me up and is molding me into the man of God he knows I can be,” he says. Dakari plans to become a worship leader.