Introducing Aaliyah Bell
Throughout high school, I often encountered many obstacles and lessons that made me who I am today. Finally being a senior and looking back at times where I wasn’t so sure who I was as a person makes me realize that I definitely know now.
During high school I was never the type to have a big group of friends because I know some intentions aren’t pure and I'm big on positive energy surrounding me, myself, and my success. Being 17, I don’t think I fully came to the realization that senior year is really my last year of high school, but I'll leave crying for later. If you would’ve asked me freshman year what my plans were for after school I wouldn’t know, but now I am fully capable of saying that I definitely want to be a Nurse Practitioner or Pediatrician. I love kids because they start off so innocent. They haven’t let the world get to them yet. No racism, no colorism, no homophobia, just being a kid. My dream school is definitely a Historically Black College or University unless it’s UNC Charlotte.
I like to think of myself as a charismatic, strongminded, and determined individual. I am that one friend that's quiet but everyone I'm close with knows that is most definitely not the case. I love doing adventurous things like finding new places to do wild activities that I know my friends are not down for but that's why I’m here to convince them. I guess that's why I'm attracted to places like Bali because I would love to get on a giant swing over the jungle and ride elephants. Out of my six siblings (4 boys & 2 girls), you can depend on me to be the life of the party and find the best places to go while traveling. I value my close friends and family very much and they know if I got it so do they.
Introducing Dyanna Garcia
As a newer student to the East High family, I’ve been asked the question “Who are you?” a number of times. The answer to your question could come from many different perspectives. Everyone grows and changes over time meaning everyone has their own picture to paint including myself.
My name is Dyanna Garcia. I’m an only child to the most caring and hardworking mother. She is my motivation in life. My mother has raised me to be successful, eager, and selfless. Without her I would be completely lost. She is the reason I am the way I am and I could never be happier. My mom graduated from Edison High school and took up on her passion for hair. She now manages a hair salon and continues to put her all into her passion. From watching her over the years it's taught me that if I put the work in I can be whoever I want to be.
I’m finally a senior attending East High school. As a student I would consider myself very mature and independent. I wake up to go to school and get the work done. I’ve been raised to over achieve in any way I can. I strive for excellence and honestly very happy with the academic achievements I have earned so far. I’ve taken an interest in the medical field for my future. My goal in life is to become a surgeon. I find the human body fascinating and take a high interest into learning more about it. All the hard work from over the years definitely will pay off, it's just a matter of time.
In my free time I enjoy listening to music, playing sports, and walking my three dogs. Personally, music goes a long way for me. Depending on what mood I’m in, I usually always have a song or playlist to match. When I’m sad or down about something, music is always to the rescue. Being active can also be a way for me to get my mind off things. I love playing softball and volleyball. Taking a walk in nice weather with my dogs can be refreshing for the mind too.
Overall, I can say I’m happy to be the person I am today. The journey continues and there will be many adjustments and bumps in the road but at the end of the day I would never ask for a different life. The next chapter of my life starts soon and I can’t wait to see what life brings me.
Introducing Deziree Garrick
My name is Deziree Garrick, even though most of you know me as “Dez.” I am a senior here at East High school, but most of you know this already. I am a Jamaican-American that was born and raised in Rochester, NY. My father immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and my parents met in the late 90’s. Family is such a big part of my life, I honestly adore my family with my whole-heart. And I ensure that I am representing them well in every aspect of my life. To most of my peers I am considered to be an intelligent student, but I consider myself to be a conscientious student. After high school I am going to major in African American Studies as well as Psychology, and eventually pursue my master degree in Educational Leadership. I have decided on these majors because they really point me in the right direction when it comes to the career that I want to pursue. I want to write educational curricula for urban students, but in order to do that effectively I would like to know more about how African Americans think. I want to know what events historically and presently shape their minds, and cause them to act and respond in the manners that they do. But aside from academics I am also a student-athlete. I played softball for four years at East and just last school year I competed in Indoor Track and Field. I made sectionals for both shot put and weight throw for the very first time.
Just because my academics seem great and my future has an amazing outlook, doesn’t mean that I haven’t struggled or overcome any obstacles. Many people don’t know this but, my father has had stage four bladder cancer for over six years now. At the age of twelve years old, I was tasked with scheduling my father’s appointments, picking up his prescriptions, as well as making sure that he understood everything that was going on around him. This was sometimes very difficult for me because my father cannot read or write well, but he has a spectacular memory. I found myself at a level of maturity that my peers were not at yet when I arrived at East in seventh grade. And being that I had encountered a major reality check a year prior to my arrival at East, I was forced to give my absolute best at all times. The fear of not knowing when my father's last day on Earth would be has ultimately kept me from going astray.
On the first day of my ninth grade year, my father was supposed to have surgery to have a cystoscopy done. They prepped him, and put him under the anesthesia. Thankfully the surgeon took another look at his scans because in the exact area that he was scheduled to operate on, the cancer had overtaken the entire area. My father could have easily died that day, but I was given a gracious second chance. Since the beginning of ninth grade I have contemplated whether or not my father will live to see my graduation, or be able to see me off to prom. I even wondered if he’d see me fulfill his wildest dreams. But guess what! I am nine months away from seeing the largest smile on Earth.
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes you have to get in the way. You have to make some noise by speaking up and speaking out against injustice & inaction” ~John Lewis
Introducing Yasir Mungani
Hello my name is Yasir Mungani. My grandmother named me after the late president of Palestine (#FreePalestine). Ever since I found that out I’ve been even more proud of my name. At the age of 12, my parents immigrated to this country after nearly six years of the immigration process and bouncing from refugee camp to the next. We finally journeyed to the land of opportunities. Since we have arrived, I have made it my mission to not let my parents down. The motto of every African parent is “I’ve brought you here, now don’t disappoint me” and I’ve let that shape me and my whole high school career. I’ve stumble across some hardship of course, such as distinguishing who I am from who I want to be, and struggling with how to get there, but all is written and trust in yourself and in God and you will get there.
I want to do everything. I want to create, inspire, innovate, liberate and develop ideas and take pre-existing ones to make people better versions of themselves. I have many passions and I want to learn all I can to make those passions realities and show my loved ones that they can do it as well. I am looking forward to discovering myself and exploring all that life presents to me.
Introducing Jamel Brown
Hello world… My name is Jamel and I am 16 years old and a junior at East High School. I always liked writing my own stories and memoirs when given the assignment but I never thought I’d end up in a class like this. I'm the youngest of 3 children. I was a good kid in elementary and I never really got bullied. I always had good grades but, in 8th grade my grades slipped a little but I was fine in the end. As a student, I just try my best and do what I gotta do to pass no matter the challenge. If you ever talk to me and my face looks like I'm extremely confused, don’t worry it's just my eyebrows and I'm really just concerned for you or invested in the conversation. I feel like if I'm in a comfortable environment then I'm happy. My parents inspire me by being supportive in everything I wanted to do and I couldn’t ask for better parents.
I'm looking forward to having a successful or comfortable future and I will do anything to get it. I don’t really know what I want to be yet and that's ok because I know most adults didn’t as well. My passion and hobbies are playing basketball, swimming, and playing video games. I feel like videogames are a real stress reliever, just coming home after having a terrible day you can just come home to video games and that's just what I do. I don’t really like hanging in groups of people I don’t know, I prefer smaller groups of friends but that doesn’t mean I won’t crack a couple of jokes to keep the mood going. I don’t really know what the future holds for me but I hope junior and senior year go as smooth as butter.
Introducing Davyon Johnson
Who am I? Well my name is Davyon Johnson, I am a 17 year old African American who is very open minded and observant of the world. Although my name is Davyon I do not see that as who I am, but rather what I am. Or put more simply this body of mine named Davyon is WHAT I am, but not WHO I am. I love space, I love rugby, I love technology and grew up during the emergence of this technological world we live in today.
My view on the world may be different than most people or far from the norm. Born as an African American, I was set on the side of the scale that no one would ask to be on, hated, despised of, and oppressed by a group of beings who know nothing of me, or about me. Instantly put at a disadvantage of reaching anything I desire. But this is ok, because what would life be like without any struggle?
I love challenging myself, I love learning new things, and I like the idea that life is probably not as unique as we think it is. I see my future being surrounded by technology and learning random things along the way. I see myself working hard for what I want, and giving to others who are in need. I love to create for my own appreciation. I would like to think of myself as a philosopher in my own way.
So to go deeper on who I am, or rather who I think I am. I see myself as an entity passing through a lifetime, and nothing more than that. I see life as precious and believe it to be meaningful, but I don’t see life as an everlasting thing or something to lose myself over; I am simply here to enjoy my time and leave.
Introducing Noah P. Smith
My name is Noah P. Smith and I am a student at East High School. I have gone through a lot since starting my life at East and went through more obstacles. The last 4 years alone have been a struggle in my life. Things that make me happy are my special interests: Youtube, Vtubers, and my favorite Animes. I have hyper fixation so a lot of the time I feel that I can be annoying which gets to me mentally sometimes but I have surrounded myself with friends that support my interests rather than put me down for them. As a student I sometimes find myself doing the bare minimum to pass by but in my senior year I don’t want to do that anymore. I never have known what I want to do with my life after high school and I really have to buckle down on figuring it out.
Introducing Bradley Nakayama
My name is Bradley. I'm 17 years old and I am an East high senior. I’m a person who likes challenges and taking pictures. Most people don’t know because I don’t like to talk to people like that so people don’t really know me. I like to play games, practice martial arts, cook and learn new things. My goal for when I graduate East high school is to join the Marines and people always ask me, “What do you want to do when you join?” and my answer is always going to be EOD (explosive ordnance disposal.) I want the challenge and have a team I can trust to watch my back.