August, 17, is a senior at Murrah High School. Since three years old, soccer has been his passion, and he’s traveled across the country playing the sport. He plans to make soccer his career. This is his second year as a YMP student journalist.
Chloe, 15, is a sophomore at Murrah High School. Joining the speech and debate team helped build her confidence. She may be a little shy at first, but she’s ready to take on the world. Science and space have captured her interest and next up for her is to work at NASA.
Jonathan, 15, is a sophomore at St. Andrews Episcopal School. He is continually mixing beats at home and wants to professionally produce music and collaborate with artists. He builds original scores for mini-documentaries at YMP.
Kenytta, 17, is a senior at Lanier High School. He recently attended a digital media camp at Mercer University. This fall, he’ll captain the Lanier soccer team for a final season before pursuing a career in journalism. This is his second year as a YMP student journalist.
Maggie, 16, is a junior at Murrah High School. Her passions are videography, debate, and learning about others. She plans to be a future educator, but first plans to work on another mini-documentary this summer. This is her second year as a YMP student journalist.
Makallen, 17, is a senior at Murrah High School. Music and theatre have always been a major part of her life. A future dream is to open a performing arts school in Jackson. Her hope is to make a positive change in her community.
Maleah, 16, is a junior at Mississippi School for the Arts. She can count on her fingers and toes all of the future careers she’s interested in, such as engineering, politics, or entertainment.
Raha, 16, is a junior at Murrah High School. He loves to fish, hunt and draw, a passion of his. He admires his mother the most because she pushes him to do better, like attending business school and one day purchasing his own personal island.
Shakira, 17, is a student at Wingfield High School. In early 2017, she participated in YMP as part of Wingfield’s FAME program. She was a student moderator during Jackson’s first youth mayoral forum held in spring 2017.
Sonni, 14, is a freshman at Murrah High School. She is a Texas native who recently moved from California to Jackson. She credits her artistic growth and passion for social justice to her exposure to different people and cultures.
Z’eani, 17, is a senior at Brandon High School. She is a future business owner. Until then, she spends most of her time reading and drawing, and she plans to study engineering in college. This is her second year as a YMP student journalist.