Durham Hillside High School
Athletics: Track & field; cheerleading
Favorite course: Mathematics
World’s biggest problem: Racism
I was fascinated to learn: How influential social media can be on global issues.
Most inspiring teacher: Third grade teacher Mrs. Martin. She was always very optimistic and encouraging. She would incorporate life stories and life lessons along with the basic curriculum to broaden our knowledge.
A book that impacted my life was: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. At an early age, this book taught me to understand other people’s problems before I judge their actions.
It is hard to believe that we used to: That we performed unethical clinical studies such as the Tuskegee syphilis experiment.
Who epitomizes a good American: Mason Wartman – a man who left his job on Wall Street to open a “pay it forward” pizza shop that now feeds 40 homeless people a day.
My favorite charity is: Meals on Wheels because I am providing a service to defeat hungry and it also provides an opportunity for fellowship.
Whose life inspires you: Michelle Obama
Ideal guest list: Nikki Giovanni, Tracee Ellis Ross, Dave Chappelle
Something that you enjoy that would surprise people: Rap music and corny jokes
I wish I had been there for: The Harlem Renaissance