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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Landon Bass

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Landon has decided he no longer wants to "get in trouble." He'd like to let all the kids who do know that it isn't way to go and that respecting teachers is important. He is currently attending an automotive program at Lively Technical and hopes to one day open his own shop.

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Alvin White

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Alvin is a senior at Godby High School as well as the SGA President. He likes leadership and learning what his fellow students need. One focus has been on school spirit and increasing students engagement with Godby. Alvin feels good leadership is someone who cares.

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Nissreen Maswadeh

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Nissreen is 15-years-old and after a challenging year of moving around with her mother who was a traveling nurse, they have landed in Tallahassee. This Thanksgiving, she is thankful for her family - especially her mom and her grandparents and the fact that they just bought a house in Tallahassee.

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Hashanna Jallow

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Hashanah's parents divorced when she was 12 and she has been raised by her father. She thinks of herself as a very independent person and hopes by participating in this project she can inspire another student and so that they realize that they are not alone.

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Kyllel Colson

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Kyllel is taking the AP Language course and many told him it would be easy, but Kylell has dyslexia so it is much harder for him. He talks to us about his strategy for overcoming challenges.

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Ada Ding

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Ada attends Chiles High School. She is part of crew and it has taught her a lot about time management and learning to use her time more wisely.

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Katie Sorrell

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Katie created a program called Youth Leadership and Social Change in order to help students learn the skills they need to be the innovators and leaders of the future.

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