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Gary McGuey


Gary McGuey is a former educator and athletic director who has spent the past 15 years traveling to all 50 states as well as internationally, supporting students and educators in developing world-class leadership programs. He has visited thousands of schools and has worked with administrators, educators, students and families. Gary is currently the High School Practice Leader at FranklinCovey Education and the host for our Realiteen Talks podcast series. Join Gary as he leads his Realiteen panels in relevant and powerful discussions each week!

Meet our Teen Panelists

Jorge Sanchez


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 Realiteens and learn a little bit more about how you can become a leader.

Aasna Pokhrel


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 free time, I like to dance, cook, and do volunteer work.

Nailah Nwanguma


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 school’s FBLA secretary, participating in my 6th year as a National Beta Club member for the YMCA, a 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!

LaQuez Weed


My name is LaQuez Weed. I am the Alabama FCCLA State First Vice President. I am currently a junior at Talladega High School, where I also serve as the Class President. I plan to attend Tuskegee University to pursue my Secondary Education/Education Administration Degrees. I currently serve as the youngest member of the Title IV advisory committee. I am also the CEO of my two ever-expanding businesses: Q’s Soul Food Kitchen and Royal Productions Event & Design LLC. I also love to sing, and spend time with my family and community.

Giovanni Silva


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 career at the University of Texas at Austin. I have 3 sisters. After school I work at Jed’s Hardware to help my family out.

Divine Irakiza


Hey I’m Divine! I live in Kentucky right now but I was born in Rwanda, a small country in East Africa. I have 4 little sisters and an obsession with shoes but no money to buy them (super sad). My dream college is Columbia because of the location and architecture program, but really any challenging school in a big city (and study abroad) would make me happy. A fun fact about me is that I live on a farm, my sisters are the farm animals haha! For any questions or just to talk you can find me on Instagram @divineirakiza.

Emma Famularo


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.

Rhett Looney


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.

Abby Murphy


I am from Atlanta, Georgia but I now live in Bowling Green, Kentucky! I LOVE theatre and I am going to pursue it in college! Right now I’m auditioning for about 15 colleges, so I’m not exactly sure where I’ll end up. It’s all in God’s hands. I have a sister that goes to WKU and she inspires me every day! To get some extra bucks, I babysit and do princess parties (If you need an Ana and Elsa, I’ve got you!)

Jackson Robinson


My name is Jackson Robinson. I’m a sophomore in high school. I plan to help as many people as possible through my medical career. My nickname at school is Action Jackson because I am known for jumping in and taking charge.

Brenda Ibarra


My name is Brenda Ibarra, I am from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am the oldest and I have two younger sisters. I am currently a senior in high school and I am also in a part-time program for Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Tulsa Tech. In my free time I like to paint and go shopping.

MaryKatherine Archer


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.

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