“I'm gonna grow one day.”
From Monique Morris Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy

My name is Monique Morris and I am 15 years old. I attend Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy. One thing that people wouldn’t know about me just by looking at me is that I am in the 10th grade, and you wanna know why? Because I’m short. A lot of my family members ask me, am I going to the 6th grade, am I going to the 7th grade? I’m actually in the 10th grade, will be going to the 11th next year.

I was walking down Minnesota Avenue a couple of weeks ago and a lady asked me, do I wanna be in a beauty pageant? And I was like, sure, so she said, OK how old are you? And I said I’m 15 years old. So she said well, the ages are from 8-12, it’s a little kid’s beauty pageant. But she felt so bad and I was like, it’s not your fault. I actually look like I could be 12 years old because of my height. But never judge no one by their height! You always ask questions before trying to state facts. Yeah. I find it funny a little bit, just ‘cuz I’m short, but you know what, I’m gonna grow one day.

Interview conducted in Washington, DC .


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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