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Joniya is a 8th grader that goes to Messmer Middle. She started writing poems/songs when she was 6 because she gets very frustrated. Joniya is inspired by a woman, Elizabeth Smith. She writes songs and poems.
Davion Bass, 13, attends Milwaukee College Prep and plans on going to Milwaukee Lutheran. He is a rapper and a dancer at times.
Leilani White-Johnson, 13, is a strong-willed, golden-hearted writer who has an extremely powerful imagination. She attends Milwaukee College Prep 36th and she feels that the ordinary school days inspire for extra-ordinary things. Who says things are ordinary?
Enisha is in 6th grade at Milwaukee College Prep Lloyd St. She is inspired to write poetry by Tupac. In her free time she likes swimming, horseback riding, and drawing.
I am Ahnareiyah Boatman. I go to Milwaukee College Prep Lloyd St. I got inspired to write poetry when my granny died. I write about what happens in my life.
Marwan is a 7th grader at Sherman Park Luther School. He started writing poetry when he came to LVC. In his free time he likes to draw, watch tv, and write. His inspirations are Michael Jackson, his mom, and God.
Cinaa Smith, 14, attends Milwaukee College Prep. She is a spoken word artist and a potential sketch artist. In Cinaa’s spare time she likes to run and read; it also helps to keep her focused. Her spoken word inspirations come from her community, life and also her city is her inspiration. Her catchphrase: “Don’t be like me, be better than me.”
Marijah Franklin, 12, attends St. Marcus Lutheran School. She is a youth leader at LVC Rise Up. Marijah started doing poetry, dancing, singing, and acting at the age of 3. She’s inspired by her mother, father and grandmother. In the future, she hopes to be a doctor In order to achieve this goal, in her downtime she does a lot of study. Marijah would like to make a change in her world. It starts by every small step she takes.
Keyandre Thompson, age of 12, is a poet in training. He attends Milwaukee College Prep, 26th Street. Before he came to Rise Up, he didn’t know he had a talent, but the program inspired him to work on it.
Cedric is an 8th grader at St. Marcus. He's loved to write poetry ever since his cousin Sylville K Smith died and he doesn't worry about it or the passing.
Ta’Cori Luster, 11, attends St. Marcus Lutheran School. She is a voyager at Lake Valley Camp. She likes Lake Valley Camp and Rise Up because she can meet new friends.
I am Demetrius K. Williams. I am in the 8th grade; I like playing games and having a good time. Also, silence is one of my favorite things.
Anastasia Ramos, 12, attends Bruce Guadalupe Middle School. She is a Voyager at Lake Valley Camp. She is a believer in pushing personal boundaries. She enjoys reading, writing, learning about different societies, especially dystopian ones. Anastasia believes it’s important to express yourself through creativity. Anastasia enjoys swimming and her favorite book is Divergent.