“When I'm around her, I feel happy and goofy.”
From Michael Brown Corliss High School

Hello. My name is Michael Brown and this story is about this wonderful person that I have a friendship with. This story is about my friend, Monique Mcherron. She is a straight-A student, and she is smart, pretty, funny, and knows how to make me laugh. We’ve been best friends since the first day of school. She is an amazing girl, with ultimate potential. She loves to play her acoustic guitar and loves to draw. She listens to music from the Disney Channel as well. Oh, I forgot to mention she loves R&B. At school, she is on the bowling team too.

Sometimes we argue, but we always make up in the end. That’s what makes us best friends. I wrote some poems about her that shows how much I care about her. When I’m around her, I feel happy and goofy. It’s very easy to make her laugh, and when she laughs, you get to feel it in her laugh, too. Even though we’ve been friends since September, I know a lot about her. She tells me stories about her family reunions. I find myself lucky to be friends with her. To me, she is a very special friend and I hope we will be best friends forever.

Interview conducted in Chicago, IL.


scu_gatewaystem150x175 “I was kind of getting scared…what if my potential is not as high as theirs?”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “…you never know how it feels getting back up if you never fall down.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “I never wanted this to happen.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “… a whole lot of people in St. Louis haven't been to the Arch.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “… after that I felt worthless, and like a coward.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “Some teenagers my age are not like me for one big and important reason…”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “…it’s not all ice cream and cake.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “They just have to accept me for who I am.”
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