Meet a teen: Danielle Nichols
October 25, 2012 4:06PM
School and grade: Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy, 11th grade.
Family: “My brother, Marquis (Jr.) is in college at Norfolk State. There is my mom Rhonda and my dad Marquis Sr. I have three sisters: Brianna, Kayla and Lisa. We have two dogs, one of which just had puppies.”
What are your plans for after high school? “I am going to college but I am not sure where. I want to major in education and minor in art. My choices for college are Ball State University, ISU, and University of Evansville.”
What are your hobbies? “I’m an artist, so art takes up a lot of my time. I do like to write and reading is very big for me. I love to dance.”
If you were president, what would you take care of immediately? “The healthcare debate: Why do we fight against something that can save so many lives?”
What is the best part that you like about your city? “The fighting spirit that you find in the people of Gary. They never give up and do their best to succeed.”
What would you change about your city? “Although we are a town of fighters, we don’t know when to say we need help.”
What are your favorite subjects in school? “My art classes and history. Art because it calms me when I’m stressed and I love to create things. I also like history because I love to learn about the past and see if past methods can be applied to our future.”
Heroes? “That would be my family. We’ve been through a lot of situations, good and bad. But somehow we all stick together and love each other.”
What are some issues that need to be changed in our country? “Education: It’s one of the greatest means for changing our world. eniority and unified methods shouldn’t matter. It’s what the child learns and experiences that truly matters.
Also gay rights: Why do we think, as human beings, that we have the right to take away someone’s happiness? Didn’t the Lord say that all sins are equal and love one another? I think we forget that sometimes.
Lastly, politics: Politicians are only worried about themselves and forget who they are representing. As citizens, we have the power to make a change.”
What are some misconceptions adults have about teens? “Many adults rope us into the same category. I am an individual.”
What do you like best about your school? “The people. I meet a lot of interesting people and they help me realize things about myself and others that I didn’t know existed before.”
What is the biggest problem facing some of our teens today? “The choice between college and no college. Some adults make it seem like if you don’t go to college you don’t have a life and will never achieve anything. But, there are different ways to be successful. It all depends on your viewpoint.”
Compiled by Idelle Kerzner, Post-Tribune correspondent