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Student iTeen Report: Back to school thoughts & advice

  • Written by Deidra Shores, Special to The New Tri-State Defender



Latifa Alijuma is a junior at Cordova high school and heavily involved in activities in and out of school, including F.B.L.A., future business leaders of America. She is also in the national Spanish honors society, which prepares students for the future in business. They frequently volunteer in disadvantaged neighborhoods and schools. They also compete in regional and national competitions.

Latifa has set a lot of personal goals for her junior year and she’s ready to accomplish them. She is taking all advanced placement classes and trying her best to pass them so she can get college credits.

 Her words of advice for rising sophomores are that it’s easy to get really lazy. But don’t do it. She says most tenth graders don’t understand the importance of the year until it’s over.

 Fredrick Alexander is a junior at Frasier High School, where he plays basketball. Now that he is a junior, graduation is feeling real, he said. He’s already looking into different colleges and universities, where he wants to major in engineering.

 He says what frightens him is the idea of several tests ahead. He is preparing for the A.C.T and S.A.T. and hopes to do well on both.

 Fredrick says that if he could give a word of advice to a new sophomore it would be to stay active in school and stay on top of your grades. Every little effort counts, he says.

 (Deidra Shores, former NBC “Today Show Kid Reporter” and student at Cordova High School, is the TSD iTeen Reporter.)


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