Introducing Elijah Delgado
Since I am a new student to the East High School family, everybody is curious to learn more about me. Many diverse views might contribute to the solution to your question. Every individual evolves and grows through time, so everyone, including me, has a unique image to paint.
So let me introduce myself: my name is Elijah Delgado. I am a senior and 17 years old. In my family, I am the second-oldest child. I am the only boy among my four sisters. Because my sisters are always together and I am alone in my room, being the only boy might be lonely at times. One of the things I like about my sisters is that they make sure I don't feel left out.
I like to think of myself as a really responsible, clever, funny, and hardworking person. I try to avoid having to talk to people or engage in social activities until I feel comfortable. I am that student who pays attention to everything that is going on around me. I make a lot of effort to get along well with my teacher. As a friend, I keep to myself, but after I get to know you and appreciate you as a person, I become less reserved and even a little obnoxious. I'm humorous and self-assured in what I do and what I stand for. Since I place a high value on honesty and loyalty, breaking either of those values can cause me to question our friendship.
I experienced many ups and downs throughout high school, with the downs outweighing the ups. But the challenges I overcame helped shape who I am now. My junior year was undoubtedly the most difficult for me, and I won't easily forget it. It was so horrible that I spent a month or so online because I was so miserable. Because of high school, I have learned a great deal about myself and made a lot of new friends. I couldn't have predicted where I would be now if you had asked me in my freshman year.
In my spare time, I enjoy going out with friends, playing volleyball, watching Netflix, shopping, and listening to music. No matter what kind of mood I'm in, I still enjoy listening to music, especially sad music. In my free time, I also have a tendency to overthink things. I can say right now that my mental health is better than it has ever been. However, my journey doesn't end here; I still have a lot of challenges to overcome. I can't wait to see what life has in store for me as the new chapter of my life shortly begins.
Introducing Isaiah Braden
I am Isaiah, I am 17 years old, and I am a senior at East High. I have been at East since 7th grade. I'm bright, I'm kind, a hard worker, and dedicated. Some hobbies I like to do are fishing, hanging out with my girlfriend, going to car meets, and taking family road trips. I have 1 brother and 2 sisters; one of my sisters and my brother are twins. They are 12 years old and my other sister is 15 years old. My favorite subjects in school are Math and Science. Although writing is not my favorite thing to do, when the topic is interesting I take pride in the work.
In my free time I like to cook. I like trying new things and learning new recipes. I also take Culinary classes at East. I have been taking them for about a year and a half. After graduation I would like to attend University At Buffalo to major in computer science, Nutrition Science, or I will attend the culinary skills course (NTR 201LEC), and I will hopefully minor in cyber security. This year in Journalism I want to improve my writing skills and use of descriptive language. I hope to publish articles for the school newspaper that other scholars and teachers will see and recognize the importance of Journalism.
Introducing Jeovanne Finch-Negron
Who am I? In a sense I am a person who is not like anyone else. I don’t think like other people or see things the same way. I am my own unique person among others that are trying to find themselves the same as I am. So who am I? I am a person who is constantly learning and finding who exactly I am supposed to be but making sure that I stay true to myself. I am an all year around athlete that works hard to get the results that I want in Track & Field, weight training and boxing. I find myself to be very creative when I am interested in something where I will find new ways to do the job or do it even better and efficiently. My brain is like a bullet train going a 100 mph through each thought that flows into my head catching onto anything that can hang on.
I have the passion of continuously growing and learning about who I am and what I can become. Through me having this passion for self-development it has allowed me to be happier and more connected spiritually. My favorite things that I do to ground myself are climbing trees, listening to music, meditating and being in nature. Me doing these and other fun things allows me to be present and be happier in real times. I know that this is only a first draft but this is only a small insight in what you know about who I am.
Introducing Quentin Gordon-Smith
Who I am is a question I haven't given much thought about. But I have an idea of who I am. I am a fighter. It started at birth when I was born 2 months early with my intestines outside of my stomach. The doctors told my mother I have a very slight chance of living and I pushed through. I had many surgeries. I had to stay in the hospital for 3 months until they let my mother take me home. I am a miracle child.
If I had to list some words that describe me they would be passionate, smart, caring, loving, and goofy. Also I am a student, a friend, a son, and a brother.
As a student I am very hardworking and dedicated. I had a rough start freshman year of high school. I was excited to be in school and went to school for the fun of it. My grades weren't the best. I didn't really care. Sophomore year COVID hit and the whole pandemic changed my life. School was different. We had to work online, class was virtual. It wasn’t for me: I would join the class and go to sleep and not do any work. When I tried to do my work I was confused. I couldn't learn that way. I was stressed until COVID dialed down and school was hybrid back to in person learning. I could finally learn, my grades went up and I was on a roll.
That's when I grew up and became mature. My junior year I got all my work done, all my grades were good, I cared about my education and wanted to do better. I was responsible. As a friend I am very supportive. I always try to push my friends to do their best. I’m always there when they need me.
As a child and brother I'm annoying. I’m always messing around with my parents and siblings just goofing off. I'm big on family, family is very important to me. I spend a lot of time with my family. I have a strong bond with them and I know that they are always going to be there for me and support me and vice versa. I play basketball. Basketball has a huge impact on who I am because I started off so young. I practice, I work out, I do all I can to get better at the game.
The only thing that motivates me is my family. They push me to be the best version of myself and they always pick me up when I'm down. Family is just everything to me. I’m a senior in high school now and I found vision care interesting. This is my second year taking that class and I love it. When I graduate I want to go to college to become an optician. So who am I? I am me.
Introducing Eugene Barnes
Over the course of my East High journey, many people have asked me, “Who are you?” and every time someone would ask me this question I would give them the same answer: “idk.”
My name is Eugene Barnes. I'm 17 and this is my last year of high school. When I was 4 I moved in with my grandma and have lived with her ever since. My grandma has been my biggest motivator and supporter. She always supports my decisions but always tells me when I'm wrong.
My high school experience has been pretty crazy. In the beginning I was a class clown and barely passed 9th grade. After the year of online school I came back feeling more motivated and passed all my classes with somewhat good grades. For my last year of high school I want to try and finish the year with a 3.5 GPA.
I've always had a love for history and have also taken an interest in philosophy. During the pandemic I started talking to people about the events that were happening at that time (BLM protests and the presidential election) and it helped me shape my perspective on the world right now. As an African American male in the United States, I have faced many challenges like discrimination because of my skin color and also verbal racism.
Things that I do when I'm not at school or sleeping are watching youtube or anime, playing video games or hanging out with my friends. Since this is my last year of high school I have to start planning my future for when I graduate. I want to either go to trade school to become an electrician or if I do well this year and my final grades are good, I want to try my luck with college and try to get a degree in some form of history.
Introducing Terreil Colon
In the past two years, high school has been a series of emotions that has taught me the art of motivation, dedication, and patience. Since most people don't make it to this point, being a senior is something I consider to be a blessing and an honor.
My name is Terreil Colon. Out of five children (including myself), I am the firstborn. As a result of having 3 sisters and one brother, things can get chaotic at times, which makes my mom's job a lot more complicated. Despite harsh times, I respect my mother's determination to push forward. No matter how tough things get, you have to keep going. I've heard something like that from my mother once in a while, and they always stuck with me because they came from someone who is basically my hero; I may seem like a momma's boy but it might just be true.
I'll admit as a student I have my moments where I'm stressed and don't know what to do with my life, but I'm also a really good student at times. Since I believe one should build a relationship with their teacher rather than merely calling them their teacher, I get along well with them. Now, who am I as a friend? When it comes to being a friend, I am someone who always listens to what you have to say, no matter what it may be. Although I am and will always be an immature friend because I enjoy seeing my friends laugh and smile. It helps me forget about all the bad stuff in life.
My overall opinion is that I am happy with where I am now, and that I am proud to have made it through all of my struggles in order to get here. My remaining time as a Senior will be spent learning and learning from everything. Throughout my senior year, I will be diligent about learning and learning from everything. Life has so much to offer me, and I'm excited to see what it holds.
Introducing Graftoneishe Bowers
Who am I? I can honestly say that I don't really know who I am at the moment. I can tell you a couple facts about me. My name is Graftoneishe Bowers. I am named after my father and grandfather. I am a 16 year old Student-Athlete at East High School. I am not from Rochester, I am from Sanford, FL. When I was 10 years old my mama decided to move me and my 3 siblings to Rochester. I am the second youngest of 6 kids, with 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
I am generally an introverted person. I don't like to be around people for a long period of time. I would rather be alone in my room than to go out to a party. I feel like that made me more mature than most people my age. After high school I want to go to college in Florida to be around my family and I feel like that is generally the best thing for me. If college in Florida doesn't work for me, I want to join the Navy and become a doctor. I like to help people even though I don't like to be around them for long periods of time. I am honestly still figuring out what I want to do with my life but this is what I really have been thinking about doing for a long time.
Introducing Lavelle Coleman
My name is Lavelle Coleman. I am 17 and as an upcoming graduate from East High school I often get this question - Who are you? Until now, I didn’t necessarily know how to answer this question because that response changed ever since I realized that I didn't have much time left in high school. My honest answer to that question is, I am a student from East High school who chooses family over everything. The reason that I feel this way toward my family compared to myself back in 9th grade is because as I got older and matured over the years I learned that there are kids out there that are less fortunate than I am so I would hate myself to regret having family members.
I'm always looking forward to a better future and I'll do anything to get it. I plan to go to college and major in the study of biology for about 4 years. For now I'll do whatever I can to achieve this goal and refuse to accept the bare minimum for myself.
Introducing Kani McNeil
Hello! My name is Kani McNeil. I am a senior this year. I am the oldest of five and have a lot of family that I take care of. I decided to keep a close circle of friends because I wanted to be able to grow up and become an individual with people I had a deep connection with. These last few years have been a learning experience, even while online.
I'm not the type of person to take pictures to “keep the memories alive;” I’ve always liked to experience what life throws at me before even thinking about the future because that isn’t guaranteed.
As for life goals and aspirations and motivates me, I adore freedom. The idea of doing whatever I wanted (within legal and moral correctness) is something that always appealed to me. I would like to grow up and travel the world; I want to see the natural world as well as the man made world. I would like to go to college and then later become a psychiatrist or therapist in order to help people going through mental struggles.
Introducing Mossimo Perry
I am a student, a senior
I am a perpetual learner
I am a leader
I am a facilitator
Who am I? What do I want out of life? Why do I do what I do? These may come off as simple questions but looking deeper, they are such complex and confusing questions for me. Honestly, “I don't know” is the best thing I can come up with. But we both know that answer will not suffice.
Let's start with what motivates me. It really comes down to one thing when I think about it: breaking the poverty cycle I was born into. There is no hindrance I will not endure in order to achieve generational wealth, therefore breaking that poverty cycle not only for me, but for my future family.
Again, you ask who I. Simply put, I am everything necessary to achieve that one goal. My actions, my words, my desires, the way I uphold myself, my values and beliefs all align with that one end goal. Everyone says they will do whatever necessary to achieve their goals. The difference between me and them is I want it more than my ability to breathe. I am not one thing. I am any and everything required and necessary to reach that point in my lifetime.