Cierra Coyner

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Cierra is all about new experiences, so when she heard about Youth Leadership Tallahassee she decided to apply. It has exceeded her expectations and she has met many people with whom she hopes to be lifelong friends. It has also helped to inform her on what she may want to do in her future.

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Christian Patterson

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Christian is part of the Tallahassee Links program. He attends Florida High and will graduate this spring. Christian loves to talk to people and that got him thinking that he would like to be a radio host. He even has a program name based on his nickname "Snacks" - Snackbreak. He was thrilled to be able to come to WFSU and see behind the scenes of the radio station.

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Khadeja Ahmed

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Khadeja applied to Youth Leadership Tallahassee because she was seeking to become a leader and she wanted to meet other students with the same mindset. She believes the organization helps with how one sees the world and develops leadership potential. Her best role model is her father who is a physician. He is a quiet leader. She also wants to be a doctor. Khadeja loves to listen to WFSU and NPR.

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Luke McCarthy

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Luke is part of Youth Leadership Tallahassee Class 13. He has learned a lot about the community through this program. He has visited The Kearney Center to experience what they do for those who need temporary assistance. He wants to go to Boston for college; he has his sights on MIT or Harvard.

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Kayla Sconyers

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Kayla has gotten involved Chiles High School's theater productions. She works behind the scenes with lighting and sound. Animals are her other passion and she volunteered last summer with an animal sanctuary. She hopes to be a wildlife biologist in the future.

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Sequoia Heidt-Kausch

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Sequoia spent her senior year in South Korea through the Rotary Exchange program. She is studying at TCC now. Korean schooling was much more rigorous than American schools. One of the biggest lessons though was to not be afraid to try new things. She is naturally shy, so she had to push herself to reach out and meet new friends...

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Chyna Wright

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Chyna is participating in Youth Leadership Tallahassee. The program has helped her learn about her community and how to get involved. It has opened her eyes to building relationships with other students as well as leaders in the community. She fondly remembers watching PBS KIDS as a child and believes the program Between the Lions helped her learn to read.

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Jack Volkert

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Jack is passionate about history. He loves war history in particular and has worked hard to be good in this subject. He is concerned about how the news is delivered. News shouldn't be served up to appeal to biased audiences but should be served up to all based on the facts and what happened. Jack feels this is important to have an informed voter which is key to our democracy. 

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Shaylyn Strickland

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While she was attending school in Wakulla County her focus was only on boys and her grades were mostly Fs. Since attending Success Academy she has pulled her grades up and admits she has grown up a bit as well. She worries about the future and how she will pay bills. "I'm a good kid," she says.

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Aaliyah Montgomery

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Aaliyah attends Chiles High School which she feels is a big change from middle school. It took her a while to figure out how to handle all the new challenges and school work. She has dreams of being a cardiologist, a neurologist, or a gerontologist but she worries about how she will pay for college. She hopes being a successful volleyball player will help with a scholarship.

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Adam Darnell

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Adam is in middle school at Success Academy. He had a lot of problems at Cobb Middle School and failed the 6th grade. Since being at the Success Academy he has been able to turn things around and now has dreams of being either an aerospace engineer or a veterinarian.

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Charlie Rose Yoakum

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Charlie Rose came to Chiles High School (in Tallahassee) not knowing anyone. Luckily, as a freshman, she made the varsity soccer team which provides a sense of family and community. She worries about her grades and how competitive it is to get into college. She hopes being involved will help with her college-bound resume.

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Jalen McClees

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Jalen is currently a junior at Godby High School in Tallahassee. At a young age he started boxing. The sport has provided him a lot of confidence and taught him to dig deep to figure out who he is. Since his sophomore year he has been a part of SGA. He has big goals for college and life, with the focus of giving back to his family and to his community.

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Sofia Guerrero

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Sofia was born in Columbia. This year she moved to Tallahassee from Calle and is a freshman at Chiles High School.

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Mikal Rich

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Mikal attends the Success Academy. He really just wanted to have fun so he wasn't doing his work. But since he has set some goals for himself his grades have improved. One goal was to get a job - and with a lot of persistence he was hired by Jimmy John's. He was recently named employee of the month.

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