Teens Behind the Scenes

Jhoanna Anderson
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Jhoanna Anderson

Teen Staff Contributor
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Johanna, 16, attends Atlanta Girls School. She is focused on becoming more aware of issues important to teens right now.
Billaé Blanding
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Billaé Blanding

Teen Staff Member
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Billaé, 15, is looking forward to making pieces at VOX that others will see and hear. Interesting fact: her favorite color is gold.
Amariyah Callender
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Amariyah Callender

Teen Contributor
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Amariyah, 15, attends DeKalb School of the Arts. A modern renaissance woman, lover of headscarves, music, and nice eyebrows, Amariyah is dedicated to processing in writing and in everyday life.
K.J. Carter
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K.J. Carter

Teen Staff Member
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K.J., 14, loves to write, sing, dance and make people laugh! He has an old soul. He loves it when people aren’t mad at him. He also loves the vibe at VOX. His favorite color is yellow.
Jason Crichton
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Jason Crichton

Teen Staff Member
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Jason, 15, attends Therrell High School. He is a current AUC orchestra member who is passionate about racial injustice, especially when it’s hidden.
Kenneth Franklin
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Kenneth Franklin

Teen Summer Intern
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Kenneth, 16, really enjoys acting and stand up comedy. He likes pretty much all types of music and is quite possibly the biggest Marvel fan to step foot into the VOX office.
Rem Hellmann
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Rem Hellmann

Teen Staff Member
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Rem is a student at The Weber School who joined the VOX Teen Staff in 2014. He loves to play soccer, draw and hang out with friends. His favorite thing to do in his spare time is having fun. He is the youngest of three boys.
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Rebecca Jeltuhin

Teen Staff Member
Rebecca Jeltuhin
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Rebecca, 16, is a junior that loves huge hugs and happens to be fluent in Russian. She’s extremely passionate about musical theatre, dancing, singing, and acting. She’s hoping to explore a career in journalism and has a very strong passion for writing.
Faith Lucas
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Faith Lucas

Teen Staff Member
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Faith, 16, is a junior who loves music and plays the guitar and ukulele every day. In her free time, she likes to skateboard and hang out with friends. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in music.
Sarah Lucas
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Sarah Lucas

Teen Staff Member
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Sarah, 15, is a sophomore at Milton High School.
Destine Manson
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Destine Manson

Teen Staff Member
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Destine loves to dance and all forms of art. At VOX she likes expressing herself through telling others’ stories, poetry and creative writing.
Ayanna Martin
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Ayanna Martin

Teen Staff Member
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Ayanna is a double major in film and television at SCAD. She has a passion for digital media. She loves to write and focus on the issues teens face. She thinks teens have a voice that should be heard because after all, we are the future.
Maya Martin
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Maya Martin

Teen Summer Intern
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Fun fact about Maya, she likes the Avengers and Oreo ice cream. She's also a feminist and plays the saxophone.
Troy Maxwell
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Troy Maxwell

Teen Contributor
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Troy Maxwell enjoys indulging in everything 90’s; fashion, music, film. She was born in sunny Orlando, Florida, and relocated to Georgia three years ago. She's interested in writing, reading, film, photography, and the compilation of all four.
Simone McGregor
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Simone McGregor

Teen Staff Member
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Simone M. attends Chamblee High School and is in the 10th grade. She enjoys writing poetry, cheer and dance. She has two brothers and a sister.
Miranda Mullins
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Miranda Mullins

Teen Board Member
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Miranda is a senior at Duluth High School.
Jordan Osinowo
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Jordan Osinowo

Teen Contributor
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Jola Oyedepo
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Jola Oyedepo

Teen Contributor
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I am Nigerian and I love being a Nigerian. I am a princess in an African country, I love myself and my life! I love being a VOX member.
Amaris Powell
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Amaris Powell

Teen Contributor
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I like Vice and music. I wanted to write something pun-y, but i’m not very good at puns. So, I’m excited for everyone to finally know how smart I am.
Sireesh Rameesh
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Sireesh Rameesh

Teen Contributor
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Mac Rowe
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Mac Rowe

Teen Staff Member
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Mackenzie is a freshman at Oglethorpe University. He is a psych major, and in his free time he likes cosplaying and doing makeup! He hopes to write a lot of investigation pieces. Click for Mac's work!
Richa Sehgal
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Richa Sehgal

Teen Staff Member
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I’m a sophomore at Northview High School. I love dogs, food and arguing about controversial topics. I love animals enough that I’ve stopped eating them. I play tennis, the violin and I debate. And I’m so happy to be here at VOX!
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Jahleelah Shaheed

Teen Staff Member
Jahleelah Shaheed
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Jahleelah is a queer artist and activist who is passionate about poetry and contemporary art.
Khalil Shipman
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Khalil A. Shipman

Teen Board Member
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Khalil, 15, attends Druid Hills High School. He is in love with writing poetry, fiction, and news of course! The kid is in for having fun, and watching media via the interwebs. Whatever you need he'll have it done with ease if truly important to you! His name means friend, so when you need him he's there!
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Kayla Smith

Teen Summer Intern
Kayla Smith
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Kayla, 17, is a senior at DeKalb School of the Arts. She enjoys traveling, and studied abroad in the spring of 2016. She hopes to become an U.S. ambassador, who travels the world and is a voice of reason and peace.
Tiana Smith
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Tiana Smith

Teen Staff Member
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I am from California. I play the violin. I plan on majoring in biology and getting my degree in Veterinary science.
Zola Sullivan
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Zola Sullivan

Teen Contributor
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I enjoy playing competitive lacrosse and raising awareness about racial injustice in Atlanta. I am currently a part of a group “No place for hate,” trying to breakdown the social barriers in my school.
Zachari Tellez
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Zachari Tellez

Teen Staff Member
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I hate the show Avenue Q, but love the song “There’s a fine, fine line.” So it’s lowkey my problematic fave.
Kennedy Thedford
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Kennedy Thedford

Teen Staff Member
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My name is Kennedy and I am a VOX teen staffer. I go to Martha Stilwell School of Arts where I study theatre and orchestra. I love reading, and obsessing over BB-8 and anything related to the Olympics. I’m most excited to learn more about film, editing, interviewing people for my stories and watching some cool movie previews.
Holyn Thigpen
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Holyn Thigpen

Teen Contributor
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Holyn is a junior at Dekalb School of the Arts, where she majors in creative writing and minors in media arts. She loves tea, pretentious foreign films, angsty 60’s music and Leonardo Dicaprio. She spends her days sipping lattes about town, buying Chipotle burritos and chillin’ with her cats, and of course writing. She hopes to have an amazing year publishing at VOX!
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Sebastian Van Erk

Teen Board Member
Sebastian van Erk
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Sebastian is a student at Grady High School. He is an artist that specializes in graffiti/street art. He loves vintage stuff and is a fan of Tyler, the Creator.
Emily Wagner
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Emily Wagner

Teen Contributor
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Mack Walker
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Mack Walker

Teen Summer Intern
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My favorite bands consist of Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Panic! At the Disco, Falling in Reverse, Blur, The Strokes, and Catfish and the Bottlemen. I’m excited to write reviews on different albums, and voicing my opinion.

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