Juniors show conscientiousness

Juniors show conscientiousness


Juniors show conscientiousness

By: Joshua Bryant


By: Joshua Bryant

As the school year comes to an end, many students prepare for end of the year exams and presentations. On the evening of June 18, juniors shared presentations about different civil leaders and what they fought for in front of a panel of judges at Capitol Hill.

Junior Thesis was an opportunity for juniors to prepare their research and presentation skills in an English and History assignment, so that they will be more prepared for their Senior Thesis course next year.

Junior Labryah Griggs did her project on Ruby Bridges, a Civil Rights Pioneer.

“The interesting thing that I learned was the amount of things that this six-year0-old child had to endure,” Griggs said. “Being an African-American or any race, being a six-year-old, and going to an all white school, that’s a lot to go through and I really admire her braveness.”


Junior Kino Green presents his Junior Thesis on Malcolm X. Photo attributed to Joshua Bryant.

Ruby Bridges inspired Griggs to become a strong young African-American girl.

“Just because you’re young doesn’t mean that you can’t make a difference,” Griggs said. “Everyone has a voice, and it’s up to you if you decide to use it.”

Griggs isn’t the only self-confident junior in the class. Junior Brandon Brown also shows passion in carrying the legacy that our ancestors such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X made for us.

“I’m surrounded by the ghetto, but I don’t get involved with all that stuff at all,” says Brown. “Because it’s not right at all, and I don’t wanna follow that path. I want to go to college and get my masters degree, bachelors degree, and become a manga artist.”

Brown shows such passion for achieving greatness that he blocks out the negativity that surrounds him. He even plans on raising his kid on doing things the right way.

“[I plan to] teach them about the basics, and that they have to level up,” Brown said. “I have to train them on how to talk to people, how to speak in public, and how to present yourself.”

Juniors such as Brown and Griggs showed their passion in their Junior Thesis presentations, and have continued their development as professionals and leaders beyond just their Junior Thesis. They have also participated in a two-week internship experience at policy organizations throughout the DMV area. These various professional experiences are helping to prepare them for their senior year, and in life.


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