Syamyia Beach is from Southeast DC. She wrote her poem for The Ballou We Know because she wanted to show the people of the DMV area that DC students can overcome the obstacles that they face and the daggers that are thrown at them. In the future, she wants to become an interior designer. Her hobbies are drawing and designing. She wants people to know that she is a girl from Southeast who sees the light in every situation and takes that inspiration and runs with it.
BOOKS BY SYAMYIA
BOOK RELEASE: MAY 9, 2019. Books available for pre-order now and will be shipped after May 9.
Proceeds from book sales go to a Ballou HS scholarship fund and to empower new authors.
This book, the fifth volume of The Ballou Story Project, was initiated by these young people in response to a challenging year for the community. They wanted to illuminate the Ballou not often represented in the media--one full of love, hard work, and transformation. They set their mission: to change the story about their school and the people who call it home. To combat stereotypes and assumptions. To motivate the next generation to persevere, and to believe in themselves, no matter what.
Most importantly, these young people wanted to speak for themselves, not to be spoken about. They remind us that there are many sides to every story, and that all voices should be valued and heard. “This is our last line of defense,” they write. “These are our stories. This is the Ballou We Know.”
The Ballou We Know is the fifth volume of The Ballou Story Project, a program that provides a platform for these students to tell their own stories and act as leaders in their community. Learn more.