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<p style=text-align:center><strong>Final Interviews With Amri&#8217; and Josh</strong><strong> </strong></p>We chose them to be our representatives. They accepted, willingly and gracefully. Now, their legacy is memorialzed in the halls of Booker T., showing students and faculty for years to come exactly who BTW High School is and what we stand for. Amri&#8217; Littlejohn and Josh Edwards, we applaud you for your excellence. <img class="size-medium wp-image-1897 alignright" src="https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG-3709.jpg?resize=300%2C296&ssl=1" alt width=300 height=296 srcset="https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG-3709.jpg?resize=300%2C296&ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG-3709.jpg?w=420&ssl=1 420w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims=1>
Two of our interviewers, Zaria Mangrum and Woodrow Wilson, took the time to ask Josh and Amri&#8217; how being chosen as Mr. and Miss Hornet has changed them and how it has affected their futures. Without futher ado, here are their replies.
Amri&#8217; Littlejohn &#8211; Miss Hornet
<span style=font-weight:400><strong>Woodrow</strong>: So, how did you feel when you heard the news that you were the new Miss Hornet?</span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><strong>Amri&#8217;</strong>: I was so honored and filled with a joy that is immeasurable. It&#8217;s a warm feeling to know that your peers think so highly of you. To be a representative of this magnitude is absolutely wonderful!!</span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><strong>W</strong>: I, myself, was very happy for you. Second question: how has this election affected your personal life?</span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><strong>A</strong>: Thank you so much! This election has been a great big mirror for me! I constantly think about how much I&#8217;ve grown. Eight-year-old me would have been so proud and far more understanding of the trial I was going through at the time. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><strong>W</strong>: Great! Alright, third question: how proud are you of the speech you gave? I thought it was a very moving speech. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><strong>A</strong>: Thank you! That&#8217;s exactly what I wanted. I wanted the hive to feel the amount of love that I have for this school. I wanted people to relate to me as much as possible and they did. To share my Booker T. journey with other hornets, especially new hornets, and it was an honor in itself and I&#8217;d do it again. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><strong>W</strong>: Now, is there anyone you want to acknowledge? For example a friend, family member, etc?</span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><strong>A</strong>: BIG SHOUT OUT TO GOD for keeping me and  keeping the one&#8217;s I&#8217;m in contact with.</span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>Thank you Mrs. Waugh for your genuine love. Thank you Mr. Cherry for speaking life to me. Shout out the speech and debate team, Tessa Machete is the business! John Benson gives the best hugs on Earth! I love you Jalyn Marston!</span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><strong>W</strong>: So, what responsibilities come with the title of Miss Hornet? Why do you think you have these responsibilities?</span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><strong>A</strong>: As Miss Hornet one is to hold the responsibility of spreading the Hornet truth. By being the epitome of school spirit, hard working, and loving to fellow Hornets. I think I have these responsibilities more so than any other senior. Now I&#8217;m Miss Hornet and the entire school knows it, I&#8217;m no longer just another a senior, but the senior chosen by my student body to represent OUR Booker T. Washington.</span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><strong>W</strong>: That&#8217;s very beautiful, I&#8217;m so glad you feel so much pride for the school. Moving on, how do you think being Miss Hornet will affect your life (For example, in college?)</span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><strong>A</strong>: BTW is an amazing school and being known as the one who embodies drives me to work even harder than I already have been, and it will reflect well on resumes! </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><strong>W</strong>: Thank you so much for your time!</span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>Josh Edwards &#8211; Mr. Hornet</span>
**Zaria**<span style=font-weight:400>: How does it feel to know that your peers voted you Mr. Hornet?</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**Josh**<span style=font-weight:400>: It feels great because to think that so many of my peers think highly of me and I was surprised. It&#8217;s unexplainable how I feel. My heart is melting and I&#8217;m so glad that they have me a chance to be part of Hornet history. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**Z**<span style=font-weight:400>: Now that you have won, what advice can you give anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**J:** <span style=font-weight:400>I say to always make a genuine impact on someone and be a light in their life because you never know what other are going through. Be genuine and stay true to who you are as a person.</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**Z:** <span style=font-weight:400>Do you think anything is going to change for you n</span><span style=font-weight:400>ow? If yes what?</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**J:** <span style=font-weight:400>No and yes in a sense of everyone is watching me now. But other than that no.</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**Z:** <span style=font-weight:400>What positive contributions are you currently making or can you make to the school and to the community?</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**J:** <span style=font-weight:400>People have said that my speech touched them and my personality affects them as well. When I was younger I was bullied and now that I&#8217;m here, I like to try to make people comfortable and push them to be themselves and elevate their confidence because Booker T. is a place to be yourself.</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**Z:** <span style=font-weight:400>What was going through your head when you found out that you are now our 2018 Mr. Hornet?</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**J:** <span style=font-weight:400>It was definitely a wow moment. At the moment I was like “wow what wonders god can do.” I also realized that he was there with me. If I didn&#8217;t get the opportunity to be Mr. Hornet I still wanted my speech to impact someone.</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**Z:** <span style=font-weight:400>So far what do you think is the best thing about being Mr. Hornet?</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**J:** <span style=font-weight:400>Visually seeing my love and support around me and people love seeing the person I am today.</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**Z:** <span style=font-weight:400>How do you think you were able to win this title?</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**J:** <span style=font-weight:400>God first, my genuine aura, and the way I treat </span><span style=font-weight:400>others went a long way, but most of it was God.</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**Z:** <span style=font-weight:400>Did you have a support group? If so, who?</span>
<span style=font-weight:400><br></span>**J:** <span style=font-weight:400>God of course, he&#8217;s always first and my family and friends were there supporting me the whole time.</span>
To Amri&#8217; and Josh, we at _The Taliaferro Times _would like to give a final and heartfelt congratulations to them for being the best representatives of Booker T. and for being true to themselves, genuine in the face of many, and full of love and unending support for their peers.