Arriana Mayes is a senior this year at 21st Century Charter School, and she has attended 21st Century since the seventh grade. She chose 21st Century because she needed a school with better opportunities after attending her last school, and 21st Century seemed like the perfect fit. She has been in the college program since sophomore year, and she is currently in the process of changing from a psychology path to a medical path. On her medical path, she would like to eventually become an orthopedic surgeon. Arriana also participated in an accelerated course where she earned her Associate Degree in only eleven months. Outside of her academics, Arriana also is the president of her class, plays sports, and she loves to do community service, especially at her church. Eventually, she would like to start a program where younger individuals come to talk to older people so they can share stories, learn from each other, and have great company. Arriana says others would describe her as outgoing, outspoken, funny, and very caring.
Brianna Moore is a senior this year at 21st Century high school, and she has been with 21st Century since kindergarten. Brianna has been busy completing an associate degree in her college path of pre-med or nursing, and she would eventually like to attend LSU or Eastern Michigan to become a pediatric nurse. Some of her classes she is taking this year to achieve this are medical terminology, anatomy, and Spanish, but her favorite subject is math. Outside of her academics, Brianna is the vice president of her class, and she enjoys movies and sleeping. Brianna considers her greatest influence to be her mother, and her work ethic is something Brianna aspires to have. Brianna states that other people would describe her as funny, smart, dedicated, and hardworking.
Dantaye Warr is a sophomore at 21st Century this year, and he decided to attend 21st Century Charter School after he met a representative at his high school fair two years ago. He is currently taking, and really enjoying, automotive classes at Ivy Tech Community School, and he is excited to be taking these courses after wanting to take them for a long time. After he receives his degree in automotive, Dantaye would like to work at Chevy or Dodge. Outside of school, Dantaye likes to take time for himself and relax or catch up on all of his exciting class work. He considers his biggest influence to be his grandmother because she has taught him to be himself, be respectful, and treat others how you want to be treated. His friends and family would describe him as outgoing, social, and friendly. Dantaye concluded his interview with advice for a younger student...
“Keep pushing, keep doing what you’re doing, don’t give up, and always have a backup plan.”
Erin Lewis is a senior at 21st Century Charter School this year AND a senior at Purdue University NW, Erin has been enrolled at 21st Century for all four years of high school. She chose 21st Century because she needed a challenge, and 21st Century had what she was looking for. Erin will graduate high school with a Bachelor’s Degree in biology from Purdue University NW with a concentration in biotechnology. She would eventually like to earn a PHD in molecular genesis. To earn these degrees, she would like to attend the University of Chicago after high school. With her degree in molecular genesis, she would like to pursue her interest in genetic mutations, and this would include research into different illnesses such as cancer and sickle cell anemia. One of the greatest challenges for Erin was balancing high school and college, but she has overcome this challenge is now balancing both. Erin’s biggest influences in her life are her parents and her core family.
Jisani Coleman is a junior this year at 21st Century, and she has been with 21st Century since the seventh grade. She chose 21st Century because of the great opportunities that are offered. Jisani considers her mom to be her greatest role model, and this shows by Jisani following in her mom’s footsteps by pursuing a career in cosmetology. After graduation, Jisani would like to move into her own place and focus on her career. Outside of her academics, Jisani enjoys singing, crocheting, managing her cosmetic line she started, and volunteering at her local nail salon. Jisani’s friends and family would describe her as quiet until you get to know her, and then she comes out of her shell. Jisani’s piece of advice for younger kids is that GEO offers a lot more than college; they also offer career certificates like she is doing.
Mariah Palmer is a junior this year at 21st Century. She transferred to 21st Century during her sophomore year due to the intimate class sizes and to focus more heavily on her academics. Outside of academics, Mariah enjoys talking time to reflect on the world; she’s a thinker and wants to find solutions to the world’s problems. After high school, Mariah plans on attending a historically Black college with a focus on early childhood. Eventually, Mariah dreams of becoming President of the United States! She is the oldest of five siblings, and she encourages her siblings to go above and beyond to be successful. Mariah is passionate about equality and education. In regard to equality and education, she stated, “You need to start with the younger generation and build up.”
Humble, very positive, Nalayah enrolled in 21st Century Charter School in her 6th grade year. A good friend of her mother’s recommended the school, it was convenient, so they looked into it.
She began taking college courses her Sophomore year. Now a Junior taking business and Spanish, she’s on a mission and has no doubts about getting there! Nalayah is striving for her bachelor’s degree but definitely an associate degree by the time she graduates high school. After graduation, her destination is USC to finish her business degree. While working towards a master’s degree at USC, she will begin building her business - A non-profit organization that brings a provision for the needy and less fortunate. Nalayah feels strongly that what we are facing today is not only racism but colorism - it’s people being underestimated,underrated and many face a lot of poverty that’s why she’s on this path.
Nalayah has a strong, clear voice and speaks passionately. An experience with bullying in 5th and 6th grade, had a big impact. By the 9th grade, she developed the desire to speak out about underestimating, under-rating people but, stage fright held her back. Being the school’s announcer her Sophomore year, helped get past the stage fright. “God pushed me out of the fright - I couldn’t let that hold me back - especially with big plans coming my way.”
Growing up with 5 brothers and sisters and amazing parents, she will be a first generation. Her advice to her siblings, “Stay focused inside of school, remain yourself, don’t change for anybody. People can take you for who you are or watch you walk away.” “There’s no point in working towards a goal if you don’t give it your all.” I realized people looked up to me, that kind of scares you - you don’t want to let people down.
To anyone that has doubts the GEO college immersion program works, she responds, ““Guys it’s real! In the beginning, I felt the struggle. I thought I was going to crash and burn. 21st Century opens a lot of opportunities, very welcoming, supportive. Going to campus to take the college courses, you have amazing profs there to welcome you and they assist you just enough to help but not hinder. It can become overwhelming sometimes and you just have to step back and say “I got this”
Natalie Sims is a junior at 21st Century, and has been with 21st Century since the seventh grade. Natalie decided to come to 21st Century due to the real college courses available for her to take, and she is utilizing our college program to become a pediatrician after high school. Her favorite school subjects include math and art. Outside of her academics, Natalie enjoys sketching and being with her supportive family, including her younger brother who also attends 21st Century. Natalie states that people would describe her as quiet.
Nyla Dillon is a junior this year at 21st Century, and she has been with 21st Century since she was in Kindergarten. Her parents chose for her to come to 21st Century because her brothers and cousins also attended our school. She is currently participating in the ASAP program for her psychology and communications certificate, and she would eventually like to work in psychotherapy. Outside of her academics, Nyla is the President and founder of the International Food Club at her school, does hair, and works at Panera. Nyla is highly influenced by the 21st Century staff who have helped her through rough spots she has experienced in her life.
WIlliam Murry is a sophomore at 21st Century this year, and decided to come to our school because he wanted to have better opportunities. Currently, William’s goal for high school is to receive an Associate Degree in criminal studies. After high school, William is experimenting with and researching opportunities for himself. Outside of school, William works at City Life Center, and he assists in the after school program for families who are in need. The people closest to William would describe him as funny, professional, hardworking, a good listener, and an exceptional problem solver.