Khalil Al-Kaissy

Stats: 2009 grad • Enterprise and global account executive at CenturyLink • Degree in business, Rochester Community and Technical College

Hopkins grad Khalil Al-Kaissy is a business executive and family man by day, and local football star by night. Since his days as a Royal, Khalil has risen through the ranks at CenturyLink and made a name for himself on the field as a player with the Med City Freeze, a semipro football team. The 27-year-old father of two currently lives in Rochester with his girlfriend. When he’s not working or playing left tackle, you can find Khalil hanging out with his kids, Keaton, 5, and newborn daughter, Elara.

Favorite Hopkins High School hangout: The Lindbergh Center.

Favorite music artist of 2009: Black Eyed Peas were good at that time. T.I., Lil Wayne, and Linkin Park also.

What Hopkins teacher made a difference? All the teachers I had at Hopkins were awesome! I enjoyed all the staff and all the teachers there. All of them helped me prepare for my future in some way. However, I do have to say that I really enjoyed Mr. Sammler’s class. The way he taught got everyone engaged. He had a way to bring us together as a class and make science interesting! Everyone I know that had him enjoyed him. 

How did Hopkins prepare you? Hopkins High School was the start to my future and really helped me prepare in all aspects. I learned a lot about Teamwork and working together. It better prepared me for the real world when you rarely get to choose who you work with and what task your team may be tackling. Group projects may not have been my favorite, but teamwork will always be a part of my life. Hopkins High School allowed me to think critical and think about the facts, so I could draw my own conclusions. I will always remember my High School days and the fun that I had. I couldn’t be happier that I graduated from Hopkins! Go Royals!


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