Sophomore Yousra Abdulrazig attends Westside High School and enjoys watching movies and reading books.
Abdulrazig says she would like to visit India for the tasty food and fascinating culture.
One thing that Abdulrazig doesn’t like is animals.
In second grade, she was in Girl Scouts, and on bring your pet day, only one girl brought her dog. Abdulrazig was at the playground, and all of the sudden the dog starts chasing her, she trips and falls and the dog attacks her. She says it’s her dog horror story.
Lesly Lopez is a quirky and easy going girl from a small family of four.
Her mother originates from El Salvador, and her father from Mexico. She enjoys listening to music, running, and watching movies with her family.
She might seem like the ordinary teenage girl, but something that sets her apart is her love for agriculture. Her older sister basically peer pressured her to join their school’s agriculture club, but now she couldn’t imagine her life without it.
“People don’t know enough about it,” Lopez said. “They think it’s just farming, but there’s so much more to it.”
Some of the parts of agriculture people don’t know much about, she said, include marketing, business, science and, of course, farming.
The science behind agriculture is really what drew her in and keeps her going. She loves agriculture even if it makes her seem like a nerd.
Most would give up, most would be different. Most would just become worse, and worse, and worse. It’s a vacuum really, but sometimes a small bit escapes from that vacuum, and when it does, it shines.
In the beginning he had the responsibility, he had no money, three little siblings and virtually an infinite amount of step-siblings. Usually this would be what a journalist reports on, but he is a journalist.
Chris Peters, now 25, would have fallen victim to a terrible life. He broke free, and at an early age, too.
At age 5, Chris was laughed at, made fun of, and ridiculed for something he is praised for now, his writing. That early experience just kept him going, and he hasn’t stopped since.
High school entertainment editor, college sports reporter, a job at Huskers Illustrated and now a member of the Omaha World-Herald for two and a half years. All with a single mother and a father in jail.
So if you read this, follow suit. Nobody pushed him especially hard. He just did it. Don’t say you can’t, just learn like him. More, and more, and more.
Jake Pietryga has many thoughts about positivity and goodness in the world.
This junior at Gross Catholic High School sings in the choir, writes songs, plays football, runs track and likes to go to concerts with his friends. Last year, as a sophomore, Pietryga won the Spirit Scholar award, which is given to the most positive and uplifting student.
“I believe that everything is good, and anyone can do anything, and I want to prove that,” he explains.
Jake is an optimistic person who sees the good in people and wants to prove that goodness exists in the world. He aspires to prove that anything is possible.
That quality is something many people aspire to have, and Jake has tried to master it.
In today’s society, many high school students cannot imagine themselves as adults making a change. When asked to picture their futures, America’s youth may hear the word “picture” and think to check their Instagram feeds.
Senior Ana Hingorani, though, may be the youthful change the world needs. Although she is young and cannot decide between the numerous colleges that accepted her, Hingorani can already see her own future.
She plans to go to law school. Through this, the senior hopes to alter the “corrupt” U.S. justice system. In Hingorani’s eyes, her future is being a white light in the law for the wrongfully accused and the mistreated.
Perhaps one day, the world will read about her again, this time as a hero rather than as a hopeful dreamer.
Freshman Rachel Meyer is not the average teenager. As her peers spend their nights out partying, Meyer prefers to stay home and write poetry.
Born in Milton, Florida, she moved to Nebraska when she was in fourth grade after her father lost his job. Her mother resides in Tennessee and her six brothers, the youngest of which is 18 years old, are spread around the country.
Meyer enjoys writing poetry because it gives her room to move and express. She’s free to write whatever, not what anyone tells her to.
Rachel Meyer lives to be unique. She does it in few words, but all words are meaningful.