ANAYA TRUSS-WILLIAMS: Anaya Truss-Williams, 17, is a rising senior at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Truss-Williams is active at her high school as a member of her speech and debate club, Quill and Scroll International Honor Society and the National Honor Society. Truss-Williams also leads others within her community by serving as student government secretary of her class and organizer for TEDxEastMecklenburgHighSchool. When she is not writing for her school’s newspaper, The Eagle, as the online managing editor, she gives tours of her school to alumni and prospective students. In her free time, Truss-Williams likes to expand her knowledge of different languages and cultures. She hopes to major in international affairs and economics in college.
BRIANA MICHEL: Briana Michel, 17, is a rising senior at Apopka High School in Apopka, Florida. Briana plays a prominent role within her school as a grade level senator of her Student Government Association, vice president of her high school’s chapter of the National Social Studies Honor Society and a member of both the Senior Class Council and National Honor Society. Outside of school, Briana enjoys working as a certified team member at Chick-fil-A, taking Polaroid photos, journaling and spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite things about high school have been, by far, the football games and meeting new people. She is optimistic about pursuing a career in journalism.
C. AUDREY HARPER: C. Audrey Harper, 18, is from Huntsville, AL and graduated from Bob Jones High School. She will be attending The University of Alabama in the fall. She will be majoring in journalism and be minoring in educational studies and liberal arts, as well as participating in the Honors College and the Blount Scholars Program. She has worked in childcare and education for 2 1/2 years at Building Church, Rock Family Worship Center and Madison City Schools.
ELISE FOSTER: Elise Foster, 18, is a senior from Atlanta. As a part of the media program at DeKalb School of the Arts, she learned anchoring, video editing, and script writing. She has also trained for over ten years in various dance styles including modern, jazz, pointe and ballet. She has been mentored in media leadership programs with Turner Broadcasting and The University of Georgia. Before her recent high school graduation, she served as an ambassador with the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program. In this role, she represented her school and traveled to area junior high schools to recruit prospective students.
HATIM SAIFEE: Hatim Saifee, 16, is a rising senior from Lynbrook High School in San Jose. Being from California, he is adapting to the culture here in Alabama. He has never tried sweet tea, Steel City Pops or root beer before, and this week has been a whole week of discoveries for him. At school, he is a part of his school newspaper, social justice club and enjoys learning about different languages and cultures. He has gained great insight by being a part of MJW, and hopes that his interest in journalism continues to grow
KENDALL REED: 17, is an artist, writer, and actor. Growing up in Alabama, Reed attends Paul W. Bryant High School. He also attends the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy where he is in a broadcast/film class. He began writing, directing and acting in short films his sophomore year. Today, he is adding to his collection of skills by adding journalism.
LAUREN WRIGHT: Lauren Wright is a rising senior from Clay-Chalkville High School in Birmingham, AL. She is extremely active in her community spending two years on the varsity softball team and two years as producer in her broadcast journalism class. She is president of her National Honor Society and PR for her senior class. She hopes to attend the University of Alabama in the fall of 2019 and get a major in journalism and creative media.
LEAH HAGER: Leah Hager, 18, recently graduated from Hoover High School and is now a rising freshman at The University of Alabama. She intends to major in creative media and minor in computing technology and applications. She has been behind the camera and working with video editing software since she was 11. She is excited to learn so much more about what all the C&IS college has to offer and strives to glorify Christ through all that she does.
VANNAH SMALLEY: Vannah Smalley, 17, is a rising senior at Hillcrest High School where she participates in a large range of activities. From Key Club president to a Scholars’ Bowl team member, she is largely invested in her school’s extracurriculars. Most prominently, she is involved in Hillcrest and community theatre and is currently in a production of Once Upon a Mattress with Theatre Tuscaloosa. She really enjoys writing and is especially gifted at creating scripts for her broadcast team at Hillcrest, PATS-TV. After high school, Vannah hopes to attend The University of Alabama to receive a degree in creative media.
WILLIAM ALLEN: Will Allen, 17, lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and attends Northridge High School. His passions include film-making and listening to music. He plans to major in film in college. He is the tallest person at MJW.