There’s a lot of speculation about how COVID is impacting our high school students. Now’s the time to get some answers! Join a group of high school students participating in our RealiTEENS Podcast to ask them ANY question you have about the Leader in Me at their school, the challenges they’re facing, and how they’re navigating this unpredictable year.


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Hello everyone! My name is Jorge Sanchez, and I am from the lovely city of Tampa, Florida! I’m a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School, where I am part of the Business and Finance Leadership Academy. Through the academy, I am also the Florida FCCLA State President-Elect, serving over 10,000 members within my state. I can’t wait for you all to be inspired by the stories and experiences shared on RealiTEEN Talks and learn a little bit more about how you can become a leader.

Hey! I’m Nailah Nwanguma (one-gooma) and I am 16 years old!! I’m from Kentucky but I was born in New Jersey and spent a lot of my childhood in Pennsylvania. I absolutely love visiting my family in California, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. I have the sweetest doggies: Giselle, a 14 year old teacup toy poodle, and Seven, a seven month old Belgian Malinois. I enjoy being my schools FBLA secretary, participating in my 6th year as a National Beta Club member for the YMCA, KYA/KUNA member, a Track & Field athlete, and a Teen Leadership Podcast member. My dream colleges are Vanderbilt, Harvard, MIT, NYU, and Brown. Academics aside, I love to hangout with my best friends/family as well as binging any and EVERY Netflix show!

Hi! I’m Emma Famularo, I’m 17 years old and I’m from Long Island, New York. I have a twin brother and an older sister. When I’m older I want to be a special education teacher for early intervention and minor in business management. I love spending time with my friends and family, playing sports, and being outdoors.

My name is Giovanni Silva. I attend MacArthur High School and I’m the captain of the track and cross country boys and girls team. I led my district, finishing in 1st both of my high school years. I would like to extend my running to the University of Texas at Austin. I have 3 sisters. After school I work at Jed’s Hardware to help my family out.

Hello there! My name is MaryKatherine Archer. I am an 11th grader at River City Early College in Vicksburg, Mississippi. I like to spend my time playing volleyball for my school and club team. I am a member of several school and community groups including a partnership service group with the United Way called TeensUnited and the Mississippi State Superintendent Student Advisory Council. My dream school is the University of Texas at Austin and I want to study medicine. Even though being a doctor is my dream, I would love to own a volleyball academy aimed at training minority youth.

My name is Rhett Looney, I am from Pryor Oklahoma. I play softball, basketball and I run track. I plan to attend Northeastern State University to play softball and study health and physical education. Some of the main things I have achieved include winning state in cross country, going to college on scholarship to play softball and being chosen to be on this team of great leaders. Three things that inspire me are God, family, and sports.

I am Aasna Pokhrel and I go to Texas High School. I am originally from Dallas Texas. Once I graduate, I would like to go to The University of Texas at Austin for college and go on to become a doctor. In my freetime, I like to dance, cook, and do volunteer work.

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