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Peach State; Empire State of the South

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Your State Representatives

State Representative Nathan S.

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“I chose to Be Strong by choosing to fight bullying, prevent bullying, and take a stand against bullying.”

-Nathan S.

Why Nathan was Nominated:

Nathan is a very respectful student. He goes above and beyond to assist adults and children within the building. He always has a smile on his face and has a positive attitude…even when faced with difficult situations.

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State Representative Ngoc L.

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“I became strong to fulfill my dreams, love who I am and be happy despite the negativity in the world.”

-Ngoc L.

Why Ngoc was Nominated:

I first met Ngoc the week before school started. She asked if she could use my classroom to set up her poster making station. She was busy at work while most students were at home enjoying the last bit of summer vacation. Ngoc was creating posters to advertise We Dine Together. She explained the organization and I was immediately mesmerized because as a teacher of 20 years, I feel that one of the most important issues demanding resolution is the exclusiveness of the high school cafeteria. Every year I get a handful of students knocking at my door begging to use my room as refuge from the awkward, socially discriminatory lunch room. Being a former high school student with the same concerns, I felt the need for what she was doing was long overdue and a refreshing change.

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State Representative Zoe B.

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“We’re all very passionate about making school a more positive place for students to come to and feel like a family.”

-Zoe

Why Zoe was Nominated:

Zoe is a school leader, cheerleader and honors student. She exhibits integrity and maturity in everything she does. Zoe is kind and compassionate and well-liked by the student body. Zoe communicates well with others and will likely be able to train others to do the same. Zoe also has a younger brother who would benefit greatly by this program and gives Zoe an edge because she sees first hand how this program could help someone like him. She would make an excellent leader for We Dine Together.

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State Representative Douglas E.

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“Strong people stand up for themselves, but the strongest people stand up for others.”

-Douglas

Why Douglas was Nominated:

Douglas is a respectful, mature young man. He demonstrated for other students what it means to have integrity and compassion. Douglas has great communications skills and is an influencer among his peers. He has experienced bullying first-hand and is extremely motivated to put an end to bullying and social isolation at our school. Douglas would be an excellent founder and leader for our We Dine Together club.

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State Representative Synai M.

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“I choose to Be Strong.. by loving myself, others and standing up against bullying.”

-Synai

Why Synai M. was Nominated:

I am nominating Synai for State Representative for Be Strong, for a myriad of reasons. Synai has emerged as a student leader for and is a great asset to our school. Her innate capacity to see a deficit and be compelled to do something positive to change it. For this reason, I believe that Synai would be an excellent State Representative for Be Strong at our school, and will be instrumental in improving our school’s climate and ability to be more inclusive for all students.

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State Representative Macey L.

” I choose to Be Strong in my community at school by always making sure everyone feels welcome, being a positive role model for people in my community and school, and always making sure to have a bright personality and positive outlook on everything.”

-Macey

Why Macey was Nominated:

Macey is very outgoing and loves meeting new students. Her teachers have named her as one of the top leaders in our freshman class. She likes to get her classmates on board and lead by example. She looks for the positive and not the what-ifs. Other students are drawn to her and listen when she gives her opinion or an example.

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State Representative Britney H.

“This is where the danger lies: people’s ignorance and their refusal to act, even though it could save somebody’s life.”

-Britney

Why Britney H. was Nominated:

I’ve chosen to nominate Britney for Be Strong’s Student State Representative Program for her unwavering character. She is compassionate and kind, and never misses the opportunity to reach out to someone in need. Britney truly stands for what is right and is not afraid to use her voice for good.

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State Representative Sandy W.

“One day we stood up – because they were just words…”

-Sandy

Why Sandy W. was Nominated:

Sandy is an exceptional student, academically and socially. She is a member of CHS’ Drama team, and has recently assisted in the direction and production of a Bullying Awareness and Prevention skit and video shared with all students at CHS. Sandy accelerates in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies; she also participates in Advanced Placement courses. While academically sound, Sandy also works to positively influence the school community: she is bilingual and participates actively in Chorus, as well as Drama. Sandy has a supremely welcoming and open disposition: she assists students as a friend, a mentor, and tutor. Sandy represents assertiveness, self-advocacy, and cooperativeness within her community, supporting individualism and the greater-good on a daily basis through her interpersonal and intrapersonal engagement.

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State Representative Malik J.

“I choose to Be Strong in my school, community, and in the hearts of those around me by promoting family, unity, and friendship.”

-Malik

Why Malik was Nominated:

I highly recommend Malik as a candidate as Be Strong State Representative. He is one of the student leaders at Creekside High School. Malik has a number of strengths to offer Be Strong. He is always interested in supporting others.If his performance in Creekside High School is any indication of how he’d perform in Be Strong as state representative, Malik will be a positive addition to your organization.

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State Representative Da’shaun C.

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“We’re excited to promote positive change & encourage kindness in our school & state.”

-Da’shaun

Why Da’shaun was Nominated:

Da’Shaun is a leader within the school. He promotes positivity and would be a great fit!

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State Representative Sophia R.

“We’re excited to promote positive change & encourage kindness in our school & state.”

-Sophia

Why Sophia was Nominated:

Sophia is a beam of light. She exudes kindness and positivity.

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State Representative Jackson K.

“I choose to Be Strong because I want to be more social with my fellow students and let them know that if they’re going through something that there are people looking out for them.”

– Jackson

Why Jackson was Nominated:

Jackson cares for the students around him and treats them with respect. He wants to see everyone included and this is a burden of his. I was speaking to teenagers a couple of weeks ago and used “We Dine Together” as an illustration of what someone can do to love others and impact their lives. He reached out to me today and said he wanted to get something started in his school. I think he would be determined and do a great job making sure others are included and not left out.

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State Representative Jaden J.

“As a kid, I encountered bullying first hand because of my speech impediment. My peers would tease me so badly that I would feel uncomfortable in my own skin. From this experience, I decided to turn my adversity into opportunity and to make a difference in not only my life but in the lives of others.”

– Jaden

Why Jaden was Nominated:

Jaden is an impressive leader: humble, hard-working, kind, thoughtful. As a young kid, he was bullied for having a speech impediment, and then turned the situation into positive action. He initiated an anti-bullying campaign, which led to the creation of his first business at age 12, called J-Star Sparks Change. Through social enterprise, he was taking action to empower peers to take action on behalf of one another’s support and character. Now, as a junior in high school, he is a living example of gentleness and compassion regardless of how he is treated, and he has gained confidence in public speaking through our programs and through the surrounding support system of accepting peers and leaders. He has shown courage in challenging himself to speak out and present as who he is today, disallowing the experience of being bullied from keeping him quiet and from keeping him away from platforms on which he is seen and heard.

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State Representative Yashanti D.

“When I moved here, I wanted to help people feel more connected and let them know that no matter what they’re going through they didn’t have to do it alone. Being in a new school is very hard to adapt to but I believe that with the right group of friends and guidance it can make the experience better.”

– Yashanti

Why Yashanti was Nominated:

Yashanti has a good understanding of what it feels like to be an outsider in a school. She relocated to Metro Atlanta from a small Georgia town last year and didn’t have any friends. In addition to making the adjustment to a new home and school, she discovered a school culture much different from the one she left. Thankfully, her outgoing personality and desire to participate in extracurricular activities served as an asset for her, and was able to make a smooth transition. She is quite popular now, and friendly towards adults and students alike. When I asked her if she would be willing to serve as a Be Strong representative, she was very excited and immediately set out to recruit students to lead the We Dine Together Initiative here at Stockbridge High School. She has also been checking in with me regularly to find out the status of her nomination. I am confident that Yashanti will be a change agent in her new capacity and help drive up culture here at our school.

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State Representative Neilla C.

“I choose to Be Strong in my school and community by standing up for others and letting them know that it’s okay to be different because that’s what makes the world a better place. Everyone can Be Strong, it’s just a matter of love for yourself and others.”

– Neilla

Why Neilla was Nominated:

Neilla moved from Haiti to a county in Georgia where only 11% of residents are African-American. She was bullied for looking different and since she spoke her native language, was frustrated that she couldn’t understand her school assignments and keep up (another layer that oppressed her self-confidence). Eventually, after tears and isolation, she decided that crying wasn’t going to help, but actions would. She sought out resources like language learning apps to help her learn English faster, decided that she would chose to be kind to those who chose to be mean to her, and wrote out her goals. In her application to attend one of our summer leadership institutes, she wrote about this challenge she faced and how she overcame it: “I stood up in the bus and did a clear speech to the kids so they could understand that they should not judge a book by its cover and my color does not tell my personality and all that counts is my personality. I have learned that no matter what people said to [diminish] you all that counts is what you think and you should not give up you have to fight for what you want. My quote to everybody is “where there is a will there is a way.”

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State Representative Gabrielle W.

“I choose to Be Strong in my school and community by giving everyone a place where they can feel included.”

– Gabrielle

Why Gabrielle was Nominated:

Gabrielle is a kind teenager who wants to stand up for others in society. Gabrielle is interested in being a lawyer. She is in a rigorous academic program. She is involved in volunteering her time in church. She is very talented. She plays the violin and dances. She is a natural born leader.

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