Janiya Cadney - Tennessee Interview by Larissa Chelius Nomination by Jaleesa Larry Photography by Incredibly Wee Photography Issue 23 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Janiya is 17 years old and entering her Senior year at Bartlett High. She is known for being a strong Alto in her schools’ honors choir and holding 3 Top 10 chairs for the Alto 1 section in the All South West Honor Choir. She also has taken coding classes for 3 years and helps update websites for local businesses. Not only does she have great determination, but she also has leadership. She has worked her way up to the role as President in her school’s club R.O.S.E.S where she has dedicated most of her time to help her community and raise money for scholarships!
What responsibilities come with being part of R.O.S.E.S? Respectful, Optimistic, Successful, Educated, Students is a huge responsibility with you just being on the roster. I’m usually the one who recruits members each year and we start the year strong with about 60 members and end the year with a little less than half the amount. It’s not that the students didn’t have those amazing qualities, but they did lack consistency and responsibility. We handle the largest fundraiser and the talent show every year and also participate in the fundraisers and community outreach to raise scholarship money and to see what around us needs to be addressed. The biggest responsibility with being a part of R.O.S.E.S. is simply doing something for someone, about something, and for the better .
How has your love for technology by coding given you different opportunities? Technology is something that I believe will proceed to evolve and never stop. Therefore, why not make it my profession. Aside from me enjoying coding, it’s allowed me a chance to work with Archer Malm, help with school website updates, public relations, and it’s a promising lifelong career!
Tell me about how you plan on growing as a person. What goals do you set to succeed? Prayer, confidence, strength, and the courage to fail and try again. “Without struggle, there is no progress”- Fredrick Douglass. Setting a goal for me is to aim higher than I think I can go because if you can exceed your goals, you haven’t set them high enough. So, I never have a set goal for long periods of time, mine change every day because new things occur every day. After you have struggled to get to that recent revamped goal there is always something you can do better, so you progress continuously and never stop growing.
Image taken by a choir friend
What does it mean to you to hold 3 Top 10 chairs for the Alto 1 section in the All South West Honor Choir? I’ve worked hard, practiced, and did my absolute best with no excuses and became part of only 200 people selected from thousands . It’s honestly where you go to be with others who share a love for music (and want to miss that day of school because it’s counted as excused).
Image taken by Janiya Cadney
How do you balance all your responsibilities and having time to relax and have time for yourself?
School, friends, R.O.S.E.S, Upstanders, choir, and my job gets pretty stressful and interesting. I honestly don’t know how I balanced my Junior year, but I do have a built-in lazy day each week that just comes natural. With Wednesday being the middle of the week and my responsibilities usually don’t fall on that day, I take that day to gather myself.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I will graduate from Spelman University with a degree in computer science and engineering technology with a minor in business and start working in web design for a short amount of time. After I’ve built a good base with a steady job, I would love to pursue my dreams of owning a wedding planning services aside from technology. Then of course hopefully working my way towards running my own household and having a family.
Janiya Cadney will be featured in Issue 23 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!!