At an age when most teens complain about their lives and say things are rough on them because they have to deal with school and work, Dan'Talisha Dean, 16, a senior at Glenn Hills High School, manages both without much fuss.
"The experience I'm getting now will help me to gain knowledge for the future," she said. "I manage all my time and work with dedication and diligence. I prioritize my work."
She also makes it look easy.
Along with being captain of the dancing line for the school's Fantastic Marching Blue Band for three years, Dan'Talisha is the co-president of the student council and a member of the yearbook staff, the academic decathlon team, National Honor Society and Youth Leadership Richmond County. She has a 3.8 grade point average.
Her efforts have made her a role model to many younger students.
"Dani is smart, intellectual, always enthused and very positive," said her good friend and band member Tempestt McBride. "I wouldn't think any less of her. She influences me to always be honest with (my) self."
Dan'Talisha says she enjoys the simple things in life. She writes poetry, dances, sings and, like most seniors, she plans to spend the year searching for scholarships and colleges.
She wants to major in business management and possibly minor in psychology and fine arts. Her goal is to own a studio focusing on every area of the arts.
Larry Blue, 17, is a senior at Glenn Hills High School.