Posts tagged ‘Princess Kollie’

June 17, 2011

Journalism Clubs celebrate 5th anniversary

By Sheryl Kirby

The District recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of Philadelphia Prime Movers’ Journalism Clubs at The National Constitution Center.  Hosted by Sheinelle Jones, Fox 29 Reporter, 19 high schools were honored by Prime Movers’ National Director, Dorothy Gilliam, and famed Inquirer Reporter and Prime Movers’ Co-Director, Acel Moore, Sarah Glover, President of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and various representatives from our District.

Our junior, Princess Kollie, was a student speaker who astounded the audience with her reflections on journalism. She told a brief story of her immigration to this country which caused her to fear speaking because of her strong accent and the rejection she felt from her peers. She used her love of books to turn that fear and criticism into a passion for writing, and thanked everyone for supporting the journalism program in our District. She received a long round of applause for her presentation. 

Five awards were given at the ceremony and GWHS received two of them! Princess was given an award for Best Editorial for her article on teenage pregnancy, and senior, Stephanie Pagan, was given an award for Best Online Presence for her poetry on our site. If you haven’t already done so, please check out The Eagle Eye at to see their work.

May 6, 2011

Teenage pregnancy

By Princess Kollie, Class of 2012

It takes a girl to get pregnant, but a woman to raise a child just like it takes a boy to form a child but a man to raise that child, and it takes both parents to give that child happiness.

The teenage pregnancy rate increases every year in the United States, and many teens think it’s cool to have a child during their teen years. Some of them believe having a child for their boyfriend at a young age means living the Cinderella Story of Happily Ever After.  What they fail to realized about being a teenage mom is that their life will never be the same again.  A child is a big responsibility.

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February 19, 2011

The love I find in journalism

By Princess Kollie, Class of 2012

To dream you’ve got to believe; to believe, you’ve got to be determined; to be determined, you will achieve your dreams. Hello my name is Princess Kollie. I’m from West Africa, Liberia, but my residence is in the United States with my mother and three siblings.  I’m a Junior at George Washington High School, class of 2012.

My dream is to become a Journalist because writing is something I find passion and freedom in because it gives me the opportunity and privilege to engage in Freedom of Speech and for my voice to be heard reaching out to teens around the world letting them know that it doesn’t matter what country you are from, what language you speak, what you wear, or what religion you are. 

If we can learn to accept criticism as a compliment, we will learn that life will not always be the way it was when we were a young child because as life moves on, changes become a force that we cannot not run from; we must adjust to life yet always believe in ourselves because if we don’t, nobody else will for everybody has a dream of their own. 

I was once asked by a college journalist why I wanted to become a journalist and I responded by saying my background is what has given me the courage and inspiration to seek and find Love through writing.  He said he would love to read an article on why I was so passionate about writing, so here I am pouring my heart out for the first time on how I found love through journalism.

I came to the United States in July of 2001, started school in the third grade in Bristol School District, but I didn’t know how to read.   I was also having difficulty with speaking because I had an accent which made the other kids laugh when I tried to speak in class or tried to read, so I became the silent girl never having the courage to speak up.  With the help of my teachers, I made progress with my reading and started to speak up more in class. Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher because I like to help others and wanted to that just like my third grade teacher helped me. In the fourth grade, I joined the Reading Olympics Team at my school with the intention of making friends because I was tired of being alone.   My new friends captured my interest, but the stories in the books I read is what captured my heart and motivated me to stay on the Reading Olympics Team.  Little did I know that I would discover a talent  within me.

Sometimes I imagined myself as the characters in the books or even imagined myself as the authors who wrote the breath-taking stories. I felt proud of myself because beautiful stories were wrapped in rectangular size books, but sometimes I would rewrite the ending of a story putting it in my own point of view to my satisfaction because I disliked how some stories ended. By rewriting the ending of stories, I became interested in writing poetry so I started reading poems by famous poets to get ideas on how I could also be good at poetry.  I remember the first poem I wrote which was titled, “THIS IS ME.’’  It got the attention of many people because for a starter, I went in deep and emotional, telling the truth about who I am and what the world fails to see when they look at me. Compliments from family, friends and strangers kept me writing but, most importantly, my past is what inspired me to write because I am a story – a story that needs to come to light. I overcame the impossible and unthinkable, and I want to tell these stories through books and poems to send a message out to other teens and adults that one bad situation should not take over your life and to always believe in yourself because that is how you will get to your destination and fulfill your dreams.

I’ve turned all the criticism that I’ve received from people in the past into a journey turning those negative words into positive compliments.

November 29, 2010

PGC makes a difference at Washington

By Princess Kollie, Class of 2012

George Washington High School is not only a distinguished school, but also one where bullying, teasing, or fighting will not be tolerated.  We here at Washington have no available space for students who engage in this behavior due to their own low self-esteem, which is why we enforce the safety of every student with a positive environment from Washington peer mediators following Peer Group Connection (PGC).  Peer mediators are students of the same age-group who facilitate the resolution of disputes between two people or small groups, but among those peer mediators are also Peer Group Connection students.  Washington peer mediators consists of both junior and senior students who have completed training to become mediators, chose to be mediators, and understand that as mediators, they must be good examples for their fellow students and their school because being a mediator is not only about making peace between others but also keeping a peaceful environment among themselves.  This includes getting to class on time, coming to school on time, passing every class, following the school dress code, and respecting other students and staff in and out of school.

On October 25, 2010, I visited the PGC students in room 35 to observe how they handle situations as mediators and PGC students, giving them the impression that I know nothing about mediators or PGC.  The truth is, I myself am a mediator but wanted to know more about PGC, get the inside details of PGC and what it’s all about.  PGC students are the mentors for freshmen at Washington; they are assigned freshmen to guide through their freshmen year and to help with homework, social problems they may be having, and to give advice.  

During my visit, the members of PGC talked about when they were once caught in a bad situation at school, how they dealt with it, and how looking back now, they realize it was a foolish choice they made. One student’s story that caught my attention was that of Victoria Lackey, the niece of our disciplinary, Mrs. Stacey Lackey.  Victoria shared her experience cutting school during her freshmen year and how she was faced with consequences.  She also shared how she can encourage freshmen to not get themselves into that situation because of the consequences.  Another student, Donovan Morris, who is in training to become a peer mediator and PGC student, also gave insight into how he has helped a freshman that he met through PGC by walking the freshman to class most of the time and asking how the student is doing in all his classes and with the school.

PGC is formed from the group of Peer Mediators that consists of all seniors.  The main goals of the PGC are to get freshmen connected with the school and help them make their freshman year a successful one.  From the research I did, freshmen tend to believe that high school is a nightmare and is a place they will never survive, and that is when PGC comes into the picture by talking with freshmen, getting their inside thoughts, and ensuring them that they are in a safe learning environment.  After all, George Washington High School is the place to be where the safety of every student is guaranteed through the staff, peer mediators, and Peer Group Connection.  I’m proud to be a student of George Washington High School because of the safe learning environment that is enforced here.  Great applause to the peer mediators and Peer Group Connection for their wonderful work and the difference they make in the school and to the coordinator, Mrs. Bonnie Hughes, who works with both groups and helps them be who they are.

October 18, 2010

Eagles Face-Off with the Lancers!

 by Princess Kollie, Class of 2012

George Washington High School–undefeated soccer champion for three years in a row–almost defeated Central High School on September 27, 2010, when a goal was missed by senior Chea Fineboy, who is known for his outstanding performance in last year’s championship game. The game started with tension because both schools have distinguished honors in soccer.  Therefore, there was no way either team was going home as losers or tied– one team had to go home in victory.

In the first half of the game, Central scored, making the score 1-0, but the Washington Eagles stuck with junior Wilo Mimbar, former student of Bensalem High School, who made his way into Central’s pole, making the score 1-1.  Wilo Mimbar reminds us of Fineboy when he first started playing for Washington last year. Fineboy’s speed is what made him outstanding in the eyes of his fellow teammates and school, but it looks like we have ourselves two fine boys on the field this year.  Who knows?  This new kid Wilo Mimbar might be the new kid Fineboy with the ball on his feet.

Still in the first half, Washington and Central battled on the field back and forth.  From one end to the other, as I observed the game, I could see the determination of the Washington players striving to score again.  They played together as a team, keeping in mind that Central can’t beat them.  The ball was then passed to Chea Fineboy.  The talented player dribbled down the field towards the Central defender and made his way to their goal, where he kicked it like Beckham straight into the goal.  Fineboy, filled with joy, ran to one of his fellow teammates, hugging with victory.  At the same time, the girls of Washington screamed Fineboy’s name, and his sister, Sankie Fineboy, lead the crowd of girls in cheering Washington on,  “G-DUB got it in, Fineboy Score!”  My observations left me thinking these girls are cheerleaders in their own way.  The support they provided for their school had parents of Central players looking over at the bench in amazement.  In fact, a parent from Central said, “Wow!  These girls got school spirits.”

G-DUB “got it in” for most of the game.  Washington’s goalie played well and had a clear view of the ball whenever Central tried to score.  Eventually, the goalie must have lost concentration when Central scored again, making the score 2-2.  This was a devastating blow to Washington morale.  It was as though winning was no longer an option for both schools.  Unbelievably, some of Washington’s players seemed to give up in a short amount of time, but their coach, Coach Reid, continued to encouraged them to not quit.  As I looked over at Coach Reid, I could see his expression was calm and relaxed; he still had faith in his players.

As the clock ticked away, Washington’s speed decreased; the players were getting weak.  Unnecessary passes were made that could have lead Central to victory, and fans were getting impatient.  Central’s Coach was screaming at the top of his lungs.  Washington’s goalie wasn’t going to let Central score, not on his watch.  Finally, Washington got hold of the ball and made its way towards Central’s goal when the ball was unexpectedly passed to Chea Fineboy.  Fineboy fought for possession of the ball for a while, then broke free of the players surrounding him in front of the goal.  As he kicked the ball into the goal, the fans rose cheering from their seats, but Fineboy fell on his knees with his hands on his head.  The referee brought it to our attention that the ball went outside of the pole and not in it.  Sadly, the fans sat back down and Fineboy walked away from the goal in despair.  The game ended with a tie between Washington and Central, and as both teams shook hands, some Washington players had their heads down in shame.  One of the players said it was a tough game, but the missed goal by Fineboy is what broke his heart.

I’m Princess Kollie,  junior at George Washington High School, and I must admit I have never seen such a challenging game played until now!  Let’s hope history repeats itself and Washington makes it to the championship this year.