“I wrote a poem when I was three. It was “A Foot Called Belly Button” and was published in the newspaper. I have always loved words. I come from a privileged family, go to a privileged school and live in a privileged area. I realize that is not how the world works. I don’t want to be the person who doesn’t see and understand that. Some people have stories they don’t get to tell. If I can help them tell their story that helps others understand, that is what I want to do. I am a junior at Bayside Academy and am the editor and co-editor of two magazines here.
I wrote a story about Houstonville in Fairhope because people need to know what is going on there. I am on the Fairhope Junior City Council. I went to my first city council meeting and listened to them talk about Houstonville being annexed into the city. People were getting fired up about it and I didn’t know what was going on. I decided to write about it in the Fairhope Junior Council Journal because the youth of Fairhope need to know what happens in our city. Mayor Wilson helped me get started talking to the right people. It was uncovering the layers of our history and learning about some of the wrongs of the past.
I am also a part of the Eastern Shore Repertory Theater. It has taught me to think on my feet and it is a place to put my energy. Theater is the ancient method of creation and the oldest form of storytelling. I read every night. I love Victor Hugo and Les Miserables, The Book Thief, and Gilgamesh. I am always curious and want to know what happens next.”