Justice Jackson – Texas Nomination by Pamela Jackson Photography by Seventy Nine Photography Issue 75 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Justice is a senior at Lufkin High School. She currently works, all while attending school full time and maintaining her grades. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Angelina College. She just received notice that she was matched for Questbridge and has advanced to the next phase for the Gates scholarship. She’s also a semi finalist for the Coca Cola scholarship. She’s a member of Drug Free All Stars, National Honor Society, an Ignite mentor, President of HOSA, Historian for BPA, member of Interact, and Diamond Dolls. Justice works hard to make her dreams come true.
Photography by Seventy Nine Photography
What do you love most about being a senior? What l love most about my senior year is the memories I get to make. I have had the opportunity to experience things that I have not experienced before.
How did you find your senior photographer, Seventy nine photography? What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? I found my photographer on Facebook. I was looking to be a senior rep and he was looking for one. My experience was great! He emailed me a couple of hours after I applied to be a senior rep for his company, and we set up an interview. What I loved most about my experience with this photographer was that he was considerate and fun. He was understanding of my mom and I’s schedule and he took into consideration what I wanted my photos to represent.
What is your role in the Phi Theta Kappa at Angelina College? I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Angelina College. I got into this organization because of my academic achievements at Angelina College.
Tell us about the scholarships you are in the running for. So far, I have applied to 17 scholarships, but I have more on my personal list. Some of the scholarships include, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship, the Chick-fil-A Scholarship, and the Jackie Robinson Scholarship.
What are your responsibilities as a member of the Drug Free ALL Stars? My responsibilities as a Drug Free All Star are to remain drug free, encourage people to become drug free, and volunteer in my community to bring awareness to this organization.
What has been your favorite service project in the NHS? My NHS chapter had not done a service project yet, but I have had the opportunity to volunteer a numerous number of times for this organization.
What is Ignite and what is your favorite thing about it? Ignite, at my school, is a high school mentoring organization where mentors are trained to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for 9th graders. My favorite thing about Ignite is that it allows me to build meaningful connections with a variety of kids, who at one point in time I could relate to.
Photography by Seventy Nine Photography
What is HOSA and what are your duties as president? HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America, it is an organization whose mission is to lead future health professionals on the path to success. My duty as president requires me to lead meetings, coordinate fundraising events, and recruit new members for our club.
What is BPA and why is this organization important to you? BPA stands for Business Professionals of America. BPA is important to me because it has given me the opportunity to compete in a field that I am actually interested in. I currently compete in Business Law & Ethics and Administrative Support Team.
What is Interact and what leadership opportunities have you had? Interact is a volunteer based club at my school. Through this organization I have the opportunity to be a leader in my community as a volunteer.
What is Diamond Dolls and how has this organization helped shape you? Diamond Dolls is a baseball support club in my school. This club has made me come out of my comfort zone and make new memories.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I work hard to stand out as a student. I currently work four jobs, while attending school full time. Working three jobs at 17 is hard, but it has taught me the meaning of hard work and has taught me how to be independent. I volunteer a lot in my community, through organizations I am involved in. I like to take pride in sticking out in the crowd because I do not want to be like everyone else. I encourage kids around me to follow their dreams and to never change for anyone but themselves.
Photography by Justice Jackson
What else would you like to talk about? I grew up in a single parent household. Despite the many obstacles I have had to face, I persevered. When my family and I moved to Lufkin we chose to not let our past define us. I wanted to change, not just for my family, but for myself. My education has always been my top priority. I am now in my senior year, starting to see my hard work pay off.
What do you feel passionate about or could talk about forever? I could talk about the law forever. I have been passionate about law since I was a kid. I grew up around people who had trouble with law enforcement. Seeing the cases of people getting killed and their murderers getting off, made me passionate about the subject. Not too long ago, a kid that I knew was killed when she was outside playing. We live in a world where there is constant violence going on somewhere. There are innocent kids getting killed. That is why I can talk about the law or injustice forever.
If you had nothing to do and all day to do it, where would we find you? Simple, at home sleep or watching Rick and Morty.
What is up next for you that you are super excited about? I am excited to go on my trip to Europe! I look forward to graduation, but I’ve never been out of the country, so that will be a new experience for me.
Look for Justice in issue 75 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!