Humans of CJI 2016

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“The sweet part is now is that when, I look back on it, I’m happy where I live and I would never go back to New Jersey.”
Photo by Trevor Stevenson, Hickory Ridge HS (Harrisburg, North Carolina)

Asia from Irmo
Asia Jones is a friendly and well-rounded person. She believes that family and friends are important.
Photo by Kennae Hunter, Clarke Central HS (Athens, Georgia)

Trevor from Harrisburg
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Regret:  Trevor regrets not trying new things and has regrets looking back at the past.
Photo by Sam Neumann, Ardrey Kell HS (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Kennae from Athens
“I like to be around other African American people who are smart and successful, because I feel like we motivate each other, and we life each other because we are looked down upon by so many other people that when we are all together, we can make each other great.”
Photo by Asia Jones, Dutch Fork HS (Irmo, South Carolina)

Chyna from Irmo
“She died March 18th and I have been missing her ever since.” Chyna Wallace was sad to lose her beloved great grandmother, “I loved how she would let me read books to her even though she didn’t understand a thing I was saying,” Chyna said.
Photo by Carrie Kuecks, American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)

Patrick from Summerville
“Hardest part of my life was probably just getting out of my comfort zone, realizing that you’re not living on this world to please other people. It’s about you being you and no one has the right to tell you that you’re not anything. I believe that you just be yourself and get out of your comfort zone. That was probably the hardest thing to learn in my life and now it’s just natural. It’s why I talk to myself.
I think that I’ve learned to be happy with myself. To just be happy, love life and don’t care about what other people think about you.”
Photo by Jesse Case, Albemarle HS (Charlottesville, Virginia)

Kiki from Athens
“I came to my mom in a dream 10 years before I was born. She said that my spirit came to her and said that that was the name I should be named. I came down to her and said, “My name is Killan, and will be with you sometime in the future,” Killan “Kiki” Griffin said. “Killan was inspired by my great-grandmother’s middle name, I think. What I remember (my mom) telling me was that my great-grandmother came from Poland or England when she was 12 years old by herself on a ship to America. She raised a whole family and everything in America, and she was just this independent woman. But, she was this figure to our family. (Killan) was like her middle name or something. I think that that’s how I got it. I like how it has significance to it.”

“When I was little, I didn’t really like being called Killan because all of my friends were like, “Killan? That’s a weird name.” They would always mispronounce it and they would always be like, “Kill– it sounds like you’re trying to kill something,” Kiki said. “But for the past couple of months, I’ve really embraced my name. Whatever. It’s my name. I shouldn’t feel ashamed.”
Photo by Jurnee Louder, Clarke Central HS (Athens, Georgia)

Karla from Athens
“I would be a totally different person if I had not been exposed to traveling and learning about the culture in Spain, or having that culture as a part of me. It is an incredible experience because I get to meet people so different from me, because the culture and environment is so different. It shows you that your world does not have to be confined to just the people in your town.”
Photo by Olivia Ripps, Clarke Central HS (Athens, Georgia)

Jesse from Charlottesville
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“I’m proudest that I got here to be honest. I’ve gone though some stuff that a lot of people don’t really go through. I’m proud that I’m here, I’m proud that I’m pushing, and I’m proud that I’m still getting stuff done.”
Photo by Patrick Baird, Summerville HS (Summerville, South Carolina)

Jurnee from Athens
“I am the youngest out of three kids. My parents weren’t really prepared to have me, since I was born so late. My first brother is 14 years older than me, and the second one is 11 years older than me,” Jurnee Louder said. “I guess I grew up kind of spoiled, but I think I deserve it. I’m a pretty good kid, if I do say so myself.”
Photo by Lucia Bermudez, Clarke Central HS (Athens, Georgia)

Rachel from Mequon
“I didn’t like high school that much, so I always thought that if I became a teacher then maybe I could help other kids enjoy high school more then I did.”
Photo by Morgan Cummis, Nation Ford HS (Fort Mill, South Carolina)