photo and interview by: Angela Karen
“Two people I admire are my grandmother, Vicky Dean, a hard worker who is strong in her faith and not afraid to speak her mind; and Ms. Karen Baggett, my kindergarten teacher who is always sweet, polite and loving towards everyone. Also Beyonce, because she is a strong woman who controls her own destiny. Like them, I want to be strong-willed, determined and loyal. My personal philosophy? Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. “
— Lilia Martinez, 12
Fun facts about Lilia?
I love to laugh and make others laugh. I love to shop, even if I don’t buy anything, but I’d rather buy things!
What makes you different from all the other girls your age?
Attitude – I have a positive outlook on life. I am a leader, not a follower.
Do you think that social media has helped or hurt our society?
It depends. If it is used in a constructive way it can help.
Who is your role model?
My grandmother, Vicky Dean. She is a hard worker, strong in her faith and speaks her mind.
If you could meet one celebrity who would it be?
Beyonce, because she is a strong woman who controls her own destiny.
Words you live by…
Some people come in your life as blessings. Some people come in your life as lessons. –Mother Teresa
Your personal philosophy…
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
People who know you best say you are…
What is your definition of a friend?
Loyalty. Someone who will have your back when you are down.
Who is someone you admire and what characteristic of his or hers do you want to emulate?
Ms. Karen Baggett, my kindergarten teacher. She is always sweet, polite and loving towards everyone.
Whether it is in a few hours or a few years, what person do you see yourself becoming?
How do you want to be remembered?
As someone you can rely on and make you laugh.
The hardest thing you ever had to do and why?
Getting along with older sister.
What would you do to make your school more environmentally friendly?
Recycle, recycle, recycle. Bins should be available throughout the school to encourage students to recycle.
Summarize yourself in three words…
Strong-willed, determined, loyal
Who do you admire as a leader?
Mother Teresa, she devoted her life to helping others.
If you could live anywhere where would you go?
Paris, France because of fashion.
What do you miss from your childhood?
Being the baby of the family. I’m the middle.
Do you have any unique family traditions?
Watching TV in my mom’s bed all snuggled up together – even the dogs
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths – speak my mind, outspoken
Weakness – speak my mind without filter !
What is one thing that you would change about yourself?
My (sometimes) bratty attitude.
What is your biggest achievement?
What is your biggest fear?
Someone to die in my family.
A Night Divided, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Trait you most deplore in others?
One thing you can’t live without:
My family…and my phone