Teens in Action

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When you watch Stephanie Wilson stomp, clap and shout at the front of the Teens in Action with Goals Sophisticated Steppers pack, it's hard to buy into her claim that she was shy before she joined the organization in sixth grade.

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Stephanie Wilson, a member of Teens in Action with Goals, does step practice at Henry H. Brigham Community Center in Augusta.  Chris Thelen/Staff
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Stephanie Wilson, a member of Teens in Action with Goals, does step practice at Henry H. Brigham Community Center in Augusta.

Now, as T.A.G. Queen, the Butler High School sophomore is the leader and spokeswoman of the group -- and she's a good person for it, says program founder and director Wendy Lacy.

She has excelled through the different aspects of the organization, which include drama, dance, step, chorus, mission, and education.

Stephanie is also a leader at her school and in the classroom: She is involved in Beta Club, cheerleading and sophomore council -- all while maintaining a 4.0.

Stephanie found a leader she admires in former member Latoya Taylor, who recently returned to Augusta after graduating from South Carolina State University and is a step coordinator for Teens in Action with Goals.

"I look up to her like a big sister," Stephanie says.

Mrs. Lacy said Stephanie doesn't just lead she helps others who are struggling, whether it's with a step routine or in a tutoring program offered by her and another group member.

"I try to help people when they need help, and I'm very responsible -- I listen to people even if I don't agree with them," Stephanie said.

BriMyia Lacy, 16, Stephanie's best friend and fellow member, says Stephanie has a way of uniting the group when she comes in, with a smile on her face.

"She pumps everybody else up," BriMyia said.

Some teens don't know how to handle leadership roles, Mrs. Lacy said, but Stephanie does. The girls know she's about business, and they listen to her.

"She's always had it, but now she's really wearing the crown," she said.

Reach Sarah Day Owen at (706) 823-3223 or sarah.owen@augustachronicle.com.


WHAT: Teens in Action with Goals, which has eight departments: drama, dance, step, chorus, mission, education, recreation/travel and social/cultural, is open to anyone from 10 to 18 years old.

WHEN: The group meets every Monday and Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Henry H. Brigham Community Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road in Augusta

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call (706) 796-6819.

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MartinezWest Augusta
MartinezWest Augusta 03/25/08 - 08:48 pm
Its alot of kids doing

Its alot of kids doing wonderful things in augusta. Too bad only gangs and crime get the headlines in augusta mostly.

toppergem 03/26/08 - 08:20 am
Way to go girls. Glad to see

Way to go girls. Glad to see you all having such a great time and being so passionate about what you are doing.

stillamazed 03/26/08 - 09:12 am
Thanks Chronicle for printing

Thanks Chronicle for printing another worthy, positive story. Continue the good work young people, you are our future and we need more positive role models like you.

luckie 04/07/08 - 08:51 pm
I am so confused. How is this

I am so confused. How is this dated March 26th?????

wilsost107 06/25/08 - 02:26 pm
I am very happy about my

I am very happy about my daughter's accomplishments. I am even more happy that The Augusta Chronicle took the time to acknowledge her efforts. This is one of the many supportive actions we can do to push our children towards their dreams and goals.

Thank You!!!!

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