The Panelists- June 16

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Edward Awe, Arundel High School, 11th Grade

I’ve always been a problem solver. As a Youth Diplomat of the World Trade Center in Baltimore, I have been exposed to social and global issues that afflict our society. My drive to solve these issues led me to start a social welfare organization, Changing Our Tomorrow, that is committed to improving our community. I want to do this forum because I want to be a part of the discussion that will lead to tangible and significant change concerning the inequitable access to resources our county suffers from. 

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Mya Blackshear, Marley Middle School, 7th Grade

I love to play basketball and the violin and the reason I want to take part in the forum is to show people that just because we are kids doesn’t mean that are voices don’t mean as much. 

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John Xavier Cardwell, Arundel High School, 11th Grade

I am really into business and trying to influence people to be better for themselves and others. I'd like to take part in the forum because I wouldn't mind being a part of something that can help others. 

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Camille Carter, North County High School, 11th Grade

I've played volleyball for 6 years! I also love to watch crime tv shows! I want to take part in this forum because I think that the youth are the ones who are going to change the world! 

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Conor Curran, Old Mill High School, 11th Grade

 

I have the honor to serve as President of the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils. I wanted to take part in this form because I feel like it's important for people who are not affected by systemic racism in our society to stand up and denounce it and become an ally to the Black Lives Matter Movement so that we can create change together. For years, I have been fighting for ALL to mean ALL in AACPS. We cannot be silent in these times. As a regional leader who does not face these inequalities, it is very important to me that I listen to the stories of the oppressed and to lead with those very stories so that we can create change for all. I encourage you all to reach out to me so that we can lead together, not apart. 

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Beckett Hummer, Meade High School, 9th Grade

I have been involved with CRASC for over 3 years and I am currently a member of the Equity Committee. It was important for me to be a part of this forum to help spread awareness and educate as many people as possible on this issue. For me, it is important to listen to my peers and their experiences in facing the inequalities in this country and be an ally. In these revolutionary times, it is important for everyone to come together to make a better future for all. No matter who you are or what your background is, everyone has a voice and a part to play, so I hope to use mine. 

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Isa Liggans, Chesapeake Science Point, 11th Grade

I love to be creative! Drawing, making music, and cooking are among my favorite hobbies. I want to be a part of this forum because to me, it’s just so important to hear the opinions and ideas of others not only to build unity, but also to challenge our perspectives and stay fresh and open-minded. 

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Amaya Madarang, Northeast High School, 11th Grade

I am a young African and Asian American female, whose father was a police officer and whose African American mom is the same age as George Floyd was. As a result, along with attending the recent Pasadena protest, I have a unique perspective on this movement and hope I can provide insight to others! 

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Brenton Meade, MacArthur Middle School, 8th Grade

I am an 8th grade student in the IB program at MacArthur Middle School. I served in two appointed capacities in the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils (CRASC) prior to becoming an elected officer. I currently serve as the Middle School Coordinator of CRASC as well as the CRASC representative on the Mental Health Task Force. I will be attending the Performing & Visual Arts (PVA) program at Broadneck High School in the fall. “I want to address the mental health effects of events like the death of George Floyd.” 

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Jayna Monroe, Severna Park High School, 9th grade

I’m a member of my school’s chapter of Young Democrats and really enjoy thrifting.”  I am really passionate about activism and wanted to be a part of this forum because about the racial inequalities in the Anne Arundel County Public School system are very important to me. 

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Sumayyah Mordecai, Arundel High School, Class of 2020

I serve as the Assistant Secretary of the NAACP Youth and College Division of Anne Arundel County, as well as the Secretary for the Maryland branch. “I am seen as an activist per my passions for wanting better, by any means necessary, for the next generation to have a better world than me!” 

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Sofia Wahlla, Old Mill High School, 11th Grade

I am currently the Equity Officer in CRASC and I am taking part in this panel to be able to speak from my perspective of what I’ve been through being a Muslim American in this county. 

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DaMiya Williams, Chesapeake High School 11th Grade

I am a very passionate person and that is the reason why I want to take part in this forum. People need to hear about these social issues and they need to hear it from the mouths of teens so they can understand. I hope when I am done, I come out of it a better person and others will have open minds.