The king of the cake, the captain of the crewe, LISD Super Kid Denym Mayes proved there’s nothing easy about making it big.

Denym grew up in New Orleans. Now, a fourth-grader at Laura Welch Bush Elementary (LWBE), he wanted to write his very own children’s book about his family and the culture of New Orleans. Even though gathering thoughts, organizing them, and putting them on paper has been challenging for Denym, he did not let it stop him from achieving this goal! Denym worked hard. Eventually, he published. In fact, Denym even read his children’s book New Orleans Kid for the Culture to his class!

“When Denym presented me with a signed copy of his book, it was truly one of the greatest gifts I’ve been given,” LWBE speech language pathologist Lainy Carta said. “Something that he created on his own and seeing how proud he was of the story he wrote, it’s a book I will cherish forever!”

Like most elementary kids, Denym loves to watch comedy movies and anime. He spends time collecting Pokemon cards and playing his favorite card game UNO. But, when it comes down to it, Denym has a passion for sports. He plays soccer, watches LeBron James in awe and lights up even reading about sports. While he’ll cheer for any school from Louisiana, he can’t resist rooting for the fighting tigers of Louisiana State University (LSU) and the Ragin’ Cajuns of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL). Undoubtedly, Denym loves the News Orleans Saints!

Who dat?! That’s the pride & joy of a child who loves where he’s from so much he wants to share it with the world. No matter the obstacles. That’s LISD Super Kid Denym Mayes!