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article imageInterview with promising African-Canadian teenager Special

By Gibril Koroma     Aug 2, 2011 in World
Vancouver - Jeryna Gbardy is a young lady from West Africa. She is one of the promising group of studious and ambitous students from the African continent living in British Columbia, Western Canada.
Jeryna recently graduated, with honours form one of the best high schools in Vancouver and was the Thanksgiving Day Keynote Speaker at her school (St. Thomas Moore Collegiate) this year.
She was selected along with three other students in the entire school to attend a Students Leadership Conference in Detriot in 2010. I recently talked to her and here is how it went:
Gibril Koroma: Please introduce yourself.
Jeryna Gbardy: My name is Jeryna Gbardy. I’m an 18 year old a Liberian-Sierra Leonean. I enjoy playing basketball, singing, dancing, reading and hanging out with my friends. I have an older brother, and I love to be around my family and friends.
GK: How does it feel to be a High School graduate? Do you already miss some of friends and teachers in High School?
JG: It feels really good. It took me a long time to get where I am today and I am very happy with my accomplishments. I do not miss my friends, because I still talk to them and hang out with them, and you can’t miss what hasn’t been taken away from you. It’s like we were never apart in the first place. There are some teachers from school that I do miss, but I plan to go back to my school and visit from time to time to see them.
GK: What do you remember most about High School? Think of a particular event or personality.
JG: There are so many great memories from high school, I can’t really point out one main event or person, but if i were to point out at least one, it would have to be all of the basketball trips I went on, especially the last trip my team made to Arizona last December.
GK: Here is the inevitable question: What next? Are you going to college or join the work force?
JG: I will be attending Simon Fraser University starting in September, and I plan to get my Bachelor’s degree from there, and my dream is to study Law in the future. I also will be working part-time, but my main focus will be school.
GK: Many African-Canadian High School students do not finish High School. What do you think is responsible for this? What should be done to help them and see that they graduate?
JG: I’m not exactly sure, but I think it might be due to the fact that we get distracted by the "good life"( partying, hanging out with friends, making a lot of money quickly) and we forget about our education. We think that school is a waste of time, and we only think of what we want right now. we do not think about the future, and how it can make our lives better in the long run. I think that more emphasis should be put on the value of education and hard work, and we should have access to more successful African-Canadians who can be positive role models to us.
GK: Is there anything else you would like to say?
JG: I want to send a shout out to all my family and friends, thanks for everything, without you, my achievements wouldn’t be possible.
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