Thomas Douglas is a 7th Grade honor roll student and attends Haynes Intermediate School in Grove City, OH. Thomas is a committed and honorable student. He loves playing the saxophone and playing Sports. He is currently participating in local basketball leagues and the traveling basketball teams. Thomas was born in Twentynine Palms, California and has traveled all around the world. Prior to coming to Columbus, OH Thomas lived in Okinawa Japan where he excelled in Wrestling, won 1st place with the Gladiators Wrestling team. Thomas is an active member at Power City church.
Joy Freeman is a 17-year-old junior who will be continuing her education at Madison Christian School for her senior year, where she will be graduating in 2024. Throughout her childhood, she could not help but to keep a busy schedule as she participated in variations of sports, junior
honor society, and many church and youth groups. She currently serves on her school’s student leadership and diversity committee where she helps plan events and reassure the student community. She enjoys playing volleyball, basketball and softball while also enhancing her musical abilities in playing the saxophone. She has spent her 17 years growing up in Union Grove Baptist Church where she has recently found an interest in working in the sound and media booth. As Joy enters college, she plans on using these skills to pursue digital marketing along with film and media production. Joy not only has a heart for people, youth, and her loving family but for God because she knows that He is the source for her being and future.
Adrianna Alexis Hairston is 11 years old and recently graduated from 5th grade. She’ll be heading to the 6th grade at Canal Winchester Middle School, in the fall. Her favorite subject is Math. However, she is in a gifted ELA class, where he shows her excellent writing skills. Her hobbies include soccer and hanging out with family and friends. Ultimately, she wants to go to Ohio State and become a pediatrician.
Danielle Hines will be a 9th grade student at Gahanna Lincoln High School in 2023-2024 school year. Danielle has been an honor student throughout middle school ending her 8th grade year as a 4.0 honor student and was awarded the 8th grade Science award. Danielle was also awarded the Rise and Shine Award in the 7th grade. Danielle was a member of the Robotics team and was responsible for programming the robot’s automation. Danielle has been a Girl Scout for 5 years and has been a part of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Columbus (OH) Alumnae Chapter’s Delta Academy for 2 years learning and participating in the programmatic thrusts learning about educational and economic development, international awareness and involvement, mental health, political awareness, and social action. Danielle is a self-taught artist and has won second place in the 100 Black Women Columbus’ Skate against gun violence campaign. Danielle enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Shuri.
My name is Emily Johnson, and I am a Sophomore at Westland High School. I am the President of the Cultural Diversity Club, a member of the Chorale Choir and a member of my school’s
volleyball team. I enjoy my extracurricular activities, but my education takes priority. I am in the top 25 of my graduating class and a student at Columbus State Community College. I also work as a Swim Instructor at the YMCA. In my free time I enjoy volunteering with my church youth group and spending time with my family.
Gabrielle Jeane’ Johnson was born on February 3, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio to Charles and Dana Johnson. She attends the KIPP Columbus Middle School and is in the 6th grade. She is active at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and in her Girl Scout Troop #6372, loves collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, reading Anime, and playing on her VR headset. She swims with the Buckeye Swim Club and her favorite event is the 50 butterfly.
My name is Larry Johnson, and I am 14 Years old. I am a student at Pleasant View Middle School. I participated in the basketball and track team at school. I am also a member of the National Junior Honor Society. I began classes at Columbus State Community College last summer and I plan to continue with classes this summer. When I am not involved in school sports, I enjoy relaxing at home with my family or playing basketball.
Trinity Robinson is a senior graduating from Lincoln High School, Gahanna, Ohio and Eastland Career Center, Groveport, Ohio. The last two years I have attended Eastland Career Center with my study in Cosmetology. My goal was to complete my class and service hours to study for the
state board of Cosmetology. I have completed my studies and am now a licensed Cosmetologist. I will be continuing my education at the University of Toledo studying Business Management and minoring in Marketing. My goal is to own my own Beauty Salon. My hobbies are painting and braiding hair. The sport I love to play is volleyball.
Lennox Thompson is a 12-year-old honor student at Gahanna Middle School South where he achieved a 3.695 cumulative grade point average. Lennox plays the clarinet, percussion, plays baseball and enjoys riding dirt bikes.
Pita Yates is an honor student at Arts & College Preparatory Academy and is entering her Junior year of High School. Pita enjoys drawing, singing, dancing, and theatre.