Meashja grew up in Maryland and DC and has six siblings. She likes to read and to write poetry and mini-stories. Her favorite author is Nina Simone. She hopes to become a photographer and a journalist and go to Howard.
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Christopher was born in Washington, DC. He is an AVID student and a member of the Ballou Story Project. He likes to be in band and Reach. He likes playing football, because it's America's favorite pastime. So that's a little about him.
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Tarrance is a student at Ballou Senior High School. He is an athlete and loves sports. He would like to go to Miami University. Also he would love to become the most successful lawyer that ever lived. Ballou Story Project helped him better his writing skills and better his knowledge. He hopes to start a program of his own to inspire kids to dream big.
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Randy was born in Washington, DC on August 25, 1998. He is a student at Ballou Senior High School. He writes because it's a good way to express himself. He also writes music and poetry. He can cook, and he is a good dancer.
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Nadiya grew up in SE DC. She likes to shop and she likes music, like R&B and rap. Her favorite artist is Lightshow. She attends Marshall University and plays basketball for them. She likes telling people what she wants to be in life and what she's going to do is to accomplish her goals.
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Dreonna is a strong-willed person who always has intentions to succeed. She is from SE DC but she assure you that her character opposes the stereotypes of her city. She loves laughing, playing the trumpet in the Ballou Majestic Marching Band, making people happy, and trying to be great at everything that she does. She is free-spirited and seen as a role model to many. She loves life.
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Aijah was born in Washington, DC. She attends Ballou Senior High School. She draws and dances for fun. She will graduate in 2017. She doesn't like to work hard, but Ms. Erazo and AVID made her realize how important it was. She thought about getting out of AVID but she is glad she didn't because she would not have gotten to share her story with the Ballou Story Project.
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Najae’s favorite colors are blue, green, and purple. My favorite colors are blue, green, and purple. I like to make things, and play basketball sometimes. She lives in Washington DC, and she goes to DC Prep. She is an honor roll student who has many goals in life. She writes poems, songs, and stories all the time and wants to be an engineer or a math teacher when she grows up. She hopes you like the book. She did this to have experience in writing other than school. She is creative with art, but wants to be creative in other ways. This kind of writing shows how she thinks of things, and how she wants to write. People should read this book because it shows the power of young people’s writing, how they can come together and think of a topic that’s happening around the world and in society.
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Rose attends Imagine Hope Tolson. She likes to run track and play basketball and her favorite color is pink. She likes technology and in her free time she likes playing on her iPad. She likes cooking and doing hair. Writing this book is a pleasure to her because she gets to talk about how black lives matter.
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J’yona is very athletic. She dances, sings, plays basketball, softball and tackle football. Her experience as a football player on a boys team was very fun and terrifying at the same time and she would do it all again. She goes to DC Prep Edgewood Middle Campus. She likes to eat fries and bacon (separately). Her favorite colors are purple, blue, and pink. She wants this book to inform kids around the world that don't experience these events to know what is going on in our world.
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T’Asia plays basketball, cheers, plays softball, and plays flag football. She go to DC Prep Edgewood Middle Campus. Her favorite colors are purple and blue. She hopes this book gets to show that you should treat black people with respect and should not assume something that is not true because of bias.
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Jeanet attends Imagine Hope. She likes to dance and sing and play basketball with her best friends. She loves to read and write. Her favorite book is called Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. This is the first book she has written and so far she has liked it! She hope that Tajon could still live, but she hopes that people will understand the book so they can change their attitudes and be more peaceful as a nation.
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