KEY Academy eighth-grader Jalalludeen “J.D.” Abdullah has received a $10,000 Doris Fisher Award for academic excellence from the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of 99 public schools in 20 states and Washington, D.C., which prepares undeserved students for success in college and adulthood. Also honored was KIPP DC: AIM Academy teacher Lelac Almagor.

Both Abdullah and Almagor received $10,000 at an awards ceremony in Las Vegas. J.D. is one of only six students in the nation to receive the prestigious award named after Gap founder and longtime public education advocate Doris Fisher.

According to KIPP DC, J.D. maintains a 4.0 GPA, is co-captain of his school’s basketball team and often tutors younger students at KIPP DC: Leap Academy. “I am delighted to recognize JD and the other students who have worked so hard to win this special award,” Doris Fisher said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing how these motivated and talented youth go on to fulfill their academic and personal potential in college and beyond.”

Similarly KIPP DC: Key Academy said they were “proud” of J.D. and were honored to work with him and his family for the past four years. “We are thrilled to see him named as a KIPPster of the Year and look forward to his continued success in high school, college, and the world beyond,” said KEY Academy principal David Ayala in a press release.

Almagor is one of only 10 teachers selected from a nationwide pool of educators to win the $10,000 Excellence in Teaching Award. Kristy Ochs, school leader for KIPP DC: AIM Academy, said the seventh-grade English teacher has a “profound commitment to …students, families and staff.”