Elliana Marie Anderson-Hawthorne is a 10 year old honor roll student, currently in the 4th grade at Saint Benedict the Moor school. She strives to always be her best academically, and that shows on her report card holding A’s and B’s. Elliana is also involved in her school band, and has a huge interest in music. She has recently performed with her school band at Duquesne University while also getting a tour of their music program. She has hopes to attend a performing arts high school in the future just like her mom and dad. Elliana also shares an interest in the arts. At home she takes her spare time and creates her own art, whether it’s painting, drawing, and even sewing. Elliana can be quite the clown, making her friends and family laugh brings her joy, and she tells the best jokes. With her family always behind her, and her putting God first, Elliana is truly destined to do great things.
Desmon Jackson is a star on the rise in the Woodland Hills School District. In 7th grade, he made his stage debut with the school’s junior high performing arts program in their 2016 production of “Once on this Island Junior” as the paternal male lead, TonTon Julian. Since then, Desmon has brought his talents to three more of the school’s productions while demonstrating his skills as a well-rounded performer. He starred as the villainous Scar in the Junior High’s 2017 production of “The Lion King Junior,” stood out as an ensemble member in this year’s “Hairspray Junior” production, and most recently made a seamless transition to the high school’s production of the hit comedy, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” as the disgruntled producer, Mr. Feldzieg.
With the school’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” production garnering 13 Gene Kelly Award nominations, including Best Musical, Desmon will next perform with his cast on Pittsburgh’s Benedum Theater stage, where the awards are hosted, at the end of May.
What’s most impressive about Desmon is his commitment to all he does. Throughout the years he has successfully balanced school with his involvement in sports and the performing arts. He takes any setback in stride and continues to be a positive role model to his two younger brothers, along with anyone else surrounding him. With his undeniable stage presence and booming, husky voice, Desmon Jackson will surely have continued success in the arts (or anything else he wishes to pursue).
Jahmeir Adderley is the 16 year old son of Bishop Derrick Johnson Sr. and Neila Johnson. He is a 10th grade student at The Kiski School, a private, all- boys preparatory school in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, where he excels in both academics and athletics. Number 28 on the Kiski Football Team, Jahmeir played Strong Safety and Running Back. The Kiski Team ended the 2017 season undefeated, which has not been accomplished since 1956. Prior to attending The Kiski School, Jahmeir attended the Blairsville School District where he played middle school and high school football.
Adjusting to living away from home and contributing to a successful football season has been no match for Jahmeir. Although giving his best on the field, Jahmeir has been able to maintain a 3.5 grade point average, making his parents very proud. Jahmeir is also a member of New Creation Family Worship Center, under the leadership of his parents. Jahmeir is an active member of the Youth Department there.
Jahmeir is no stranger to facing obstacles but overcoming. At age 7, Jahmeir was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma which is a form of cancer that affects the lymphatic system. Jahmeir was treated for this disease but it returned at age 8. Determined to beat this disease, Jahmeir completed his treatment and has since been cancer-free for 8 years. Jahmeir is empowered, unique, educated, and a leader, making him “All Things Youth”. Jahmeir Adderly is this quarter’s All Things Youth athletic champion!