Teens Behind the Scenes

Jhoanna Anderson
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Jhoanna Anderson

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Johanna, 16, attends Atlanta Girls School. She is focused on becoming more aware of issues important to teens right now.
Chayla Bethea
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Chayla Bethea

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Chayla, 16, is a junior at Union Grove High School. She loves ice cream. Her favorite state is New York and she wants to be a pharmacist in the future.
Billaé Blanding
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Billaé Blanding

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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.
Catherine Boyd
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Catherine Boyd

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Catherine's a freshman at Georgia State University-Perimeter. One day when she's a published author and retired from her other career (whatever that is), she wants to own her own winery and grape vineyard.
Jolisa Brown
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Jolisa Brown

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Jolisa, 18, is a senior at Westminster Schools.
Prentiss Bullard
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Prentiss Bullard

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A few interesting facts about me are that I enjoy photography and I am Chance the Rapper's long lost brother. I am looking forward to writing stories and publishing my ideas.
Thalia Butts
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Thalia Butts

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Thalia, 17, is a media major at DeKalb School of the Arts. She is a violinist, a self-proclaimed off-Broadway singer, and a particularly enthusiastic Odd Future fan. She also claims to be married to Anderson Cooper.
Amariyah Callender
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Amariyah Callender

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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

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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

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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.
Jonathan Davis
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Jonathan Davis

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Jonathan loves to draw and illustrate. His vision as a VOX teen staff member is to collaborate with various artists through poetry, art, and theatre. Also, to broaden his horizons as far as writing goes.
Ameerah DeChabert
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Ameerah DeChabert

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Ameerah is a passionate individual who enjoys helping and inspiring others. Her favorite fruit is a mango and she is obsessed with coconuts and coconut water.
Samaria Driver
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Samaria Driver

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Samaria is a sophomore at Riverwood High School. She has an older sister who is an alumna of VOX. She enjoys making music and questioning the norm. She also codes. She hasn’t decided specifically what she wants to do when she grows up, yet she does know she wants to do something in music or computer science. She was born in Long Island.
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Dasia Evertsz

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Dasia Evertsz
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Dasia is a senior who attends Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School. She has one younger sister. She volunteers through Hands On Atlanta. She’s also a cheerleader and sports junkie. Her goals are to go to college and become a radio spokesperson.
Emma Farnham
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Emma Farnham

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Emma is a senior in denial about having to be an “adult” at the end of the school year. She loves reading, singing, and being a theatre nerd. Her life goal is to own 47 dogs one day. Emma is so excited to be a part of the VOX family this year!
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

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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.
Janiece James
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Janiece James

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Janiece, 13, attends DeKalb School of the Arts.
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Rebecca Jeltuhin

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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.
Matt Kee
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Matt Kee

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Matt is a senior at Chattahoochee High. He participates on the school fencing team, but when you don’t find him fencing, you can find him taking part in hobbies such as photography and film. His inspiration for joining VOX resulted from his passion for sharing people’s stories.
Raymond Kelso
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Raymond Kelso

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Raymond, 15, attends Westlake High School. He is from Augusta, GA. He's here at VOX to learn about journalism and all the different types of it. His goal is to be a sports journalist.
Faith Lucas
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Faith Lucas

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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

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

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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

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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.
Hannah Martin
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Hannah Martin

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Hi I’m Hannah, I would say for the most part I’m pretty quiet, I really like the darker things of life. I like to be alone but around people; I usually contradict myself. I’m nice. I go to North Atlanta High School. I love to draw, but I don’t draw much unless my creativity is at a good place.
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

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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

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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.
Jabari McLeod
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Jabari McLeod

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Aye, wassup! It’s DJ Bar-Bar! Also known as Bari, J-Bar, Bari-Bar, J-Cleod, Cloud, and Jabarbeque. I’m currently a senior attending Dekalb School of the Arts, where I major in Drama, and minor in creative writing and vocal. I am unapologetically black, and a lover of black girls. I love rap and 90’s r&b, and have an unhealthy obsession with J.Cole. I try to see the light in everyone, and if you ever need a listening ear, mines is always available!
Isis Morris
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Isis Morris

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Isis is a spoken word artist and she loves to draw. She is looking forward to meeting new people and creating content.
Miranda Mullins
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Miranda Mullins

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Miranda is a senior at Duluth High School.
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Shalom Obiago

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Shalom Obiago
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Shalom “Kinglom” Obiago is a senior at DeKalb School of the Arts. He's an aspiring neurosurgeon and founder of “Lom Nation.” He wants to share his opinions with Atlanta teens and let them know that he understands them. “Within the confines of our own minds, we are infinite.”
Jordan Osinowo
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Jordan Osinowo

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Jola Oyedepo
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Jola Oyedepo

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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.
Kimani Palmer
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Kimani Palmer

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Kimani, 17, is a senior at Grady High School. He really enjoys movies and loves all kinds of music.
Amaris Powell
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Amaris Powell

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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

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Caliph Riley
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Caliph Riley

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Mac Rowe
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Mac Rowe

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!
Alex Thomas
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Alex Thomas

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I love learning about people. People’s stories, their quirks, everything about them just makes me really curious. I love to sing, and create documentaries. I absolutely love all types of music, and exploring new places. My favorite pair of shoes ever is my high top black converse. I’m still on this fast paced journey to find myself, but it’s great. I’m super quirky. I love goats. My mind moves much faster than my mouth, or my hand. I love ziplining and rock climbing. I love taking pictures of people.
Candace Todd
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Candace Todd

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I’m a junior at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School who loves acting and jamming to Hamilton in my free time. I’m most excited to bring awareness to the struggles teens face in the realm of mental health and promote tolerance and integration for special needs individuals.
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Mikael Trench

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Mikael Trench
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Mikael, 18, is a freshman at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta where he plans to major in animation. Mikael has a mad passion for cinema, particularly anything animated, sci-fi, horror or by Quentin Tarantino. He hopes to be an independent stop motion filmmaker in the future, and all his stop motion work can be found on his Youtube channel, Cyclops studio. He looks forward to continuing at VOX because he can expand his knowledge in journalism and cultures as well as find opportunities in his future career. Click for Mikael's work!
Akhil Vaidya
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Akhil Vaidya

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Akhil is a senior at Johns Creek High School and is the Teen Editor for the 2016 VOX Investigates issue on race. He is a self-proclaimed foodie and enjoys struggling to speak Spanish. You can often find him writing essays for fun, shouting at the television, or in the drive-through line at Taco Bell.
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Sebastian Van Erk

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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

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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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