Words about Deantee from his teachers:
"Deantee has an amazing and creative mind. He has been an important member of our Boys to Men Leadership team, always on the lookout for ways to make Caliber a better place! Deantee is a Caliber Dragon through and through!"
"Deantee is one of the most inquisitive humans I've met! In math and science, he works hard to understand and make meaning. He also carries this idea into his life. He works to have meaningful relationships with adults and peers. He always has a really hilarious stories! He's kind, bright, thoughtful and an overall, amazing human."
"Deantee is the true definition of joy, empathy, and courage. His love for protecting and encouraging others has made him a star that can out shine the best of the stars above."
"In class, Deantee is an absolute Joy, his sense of humor, passion for learning, critical thinking ability and absolute intelligence make him a certain success story in the future. His care and concern for others are paramount to his daily success."
"As a mentee, he is always ready for a challenge, and readily offers a different point of view on all topics. He is respectful, ambitious, and enjoys being a kid. I often refer to him as my go to in leading new projects. He is for sure a great representation of the very core beliefs of our school, Heart, Smart, Think, Act, in which he embodies Building Outstanding Individuals in Service to Men thru our 4 V's Vision, Voice, Vocation, and Value. Continue to Roar into success thru the pursuit of academic excellency. He shares my first name as his last name, in which I affectionately refer to him as Deantee James Handie. I am so very grateful to be your teacher and humbled to be your mentor!!!"
A recent interview with Deantee:
What is your favorite thing about Caliber?
My favorite thing about Caliber are the teachers. They are fun, they love us and they always care about us. Yesterday, I tripped and fell and hurt myself, but while i was waiting in the office Mr. Handie came in to check on me. I’m sure he heard I had hurt myself earlier and he came in to check on me. He really cares! I love "B.O.I.S. to MEN" because we provide service to the Caliber Beta Community; my two favorite events while in B.O.I.S. were the: "Celebration of Mothers", I got to show appreciation and love to my mom and our "movie nights" because it brings us all together.
What is your favorite subject in school and why?
My favorite subject is science because we get to do experiments and try new things. A favorite moment learning at Caliber was in science exploring chemical changes.
What is your favorite memory associated with music (maybe a memorable concert, or playing an instrument yourself!)?
I go to band and play the flute. I love the songs we play. Esecially "Congratulations" by Post Molone.
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
I would go to Hawaii because it is a beautiful place. If i was grown up, I would also go there to study the volcanoes.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area (or specifically Richmond)?
I live two blocks away. My favorite thing about my community is the school because I get to play with my friends and also walking to school because I get to see my cousins on my way home. I love going to a restaurant around the area because my mom and I go there for Taco Tuesday.
What is one fun fact that most people don't know about you?
I want to say that people know this about me, but I can scream very loud! I’ve made a lot of people cover their ears.
Keep shining Deantee, Caliber is lucky to have you!