Josh Weinstein

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Josh grew up a PBS KID. He has been part of the WFSU family since he was 8, helping out while his mom worked. He has worn every PBS character costume, although he considers Cat from Peg + Cat his favorite. Josh is a very creative kid, having recently performed in the Southern Shakespeare Festival play, "As You Like," ...

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Erin Lowe

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This summer before the start of 8th grade, Erin Lowe is hanging out with friends and family. She spent one week at WFSU helping with the summer camps. Erin was born in China and recently had the chance to go back. Some of the food was pretty unusual, including one dish with tentacles!

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Valerie Proctor

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When Valerie Proctor graduated from high school in 1983 she started at Tallahassee Community College but it just wasn’t the right time. She got a job, raised a family and when her children moved out she thought it was time was right to go back to school. This past May she graduated from Thomas University with a BSW degree and plans to pursue a career in social work...

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D'Angelo Datson

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D'Angelo just graduated from Rickards High School and starts at TCC this month. He has big plans that include earning 3 degrees by the time he is 30 and perhaps being a professional athlete. His future, however, didn't always look so bright. In middle school he was confronted with a double barrel shot gun while roaming the streets at night...

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Tanisha Green

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Tanisha is really glad that she made the decision to get her high school diploma versus a GED. As graduation approaches she has decided that wants to do something with her life and not just throw away opportunities. Her mom pushes her and doesn't want Tanisha to go down the path she followed - she wants more for her daughter. Her advice - never give up on life.

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Simron Ward

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Simron is graduating from high school this May. She has taken many routes to get to this point. She was homeschooled her freshmen year with mixed results and fell behind. She hoped to catch up while attending Chiles High School, but found herself further behind. Finally she switched to Success Academy and is now on target to graduate. Listen to find out more about her story.

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Antoinette Spradley

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Antoinette's grandmother is the force that kept her in school. And now she is about to graduate. Her grandmother was there when no one else was there for her and kept her out of foster care. Now she wants to go to college and find a way to give back to her grandmother. Her advice to younger students is to stay focused and don't skip school.

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Zackeria Denegall

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Zackeria admits that she had been slacking for many years - not paying attention in class, always on her phone and being the class clown.  Her mom kept pushing her and now she will be graduating from Success Academy in May of 2017. Her mom didn't graduate from high school and she didn't want the same for her daughter. Next Zackeria will try to join the Navy and travel the world. 

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Melchisedec Milton

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His name, Melchisedec, means "king of peace and righteousness." For a long time, he didn't feel like he lived up to his name. School has been a challenge for him until he finally found himself at Success Academy. He finally came to terms with himself and in his own words, "it took me, not anybody else to buckle myself down and actually concentrate and look at my life and what I want to do."

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Christopher Lucas

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Chris is a senior at North Florida Christian and plans to attend Wartburg College in Iowa. He runs the 400 and 800 meter in track and Wartburg offered him a full scholarship considering both his academics and sporting ability. He plans to major in broadcast journalism. After interviewing a winner at a recent race, he realized how much he loved broadcast journalism.

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Terrell Robey

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Terrell Robey attends Lincoln High School and will graduate spring 2017. His mother, a nurse, has influenced his desire to be a doctor. He knows it will be hard but he feels prepared. Terrell recently had one of his art pieces displayed at the Leon County Library. Art helps him express some of his feelings about what is happening in the world.

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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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