Marlisha Blakeney – NC Congressional District 9 | View Essay
“As I think about the true importance of a building filled with books, pamphlets, computers, and great information for all people, I begin to appreciate all that such an amazing place has to offer me and my community. The library is well known for building communities, educating, building art centers, and empowering the youth.”

Marlisha is from Monroe, North Carolina and is a 12th grader at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Her essay delves expertly into the various ways quality libraries are interwoven into the fabric of modern day society.

Marlisha Blakeney

Marlisha Blakeney

“Hello! My name is Marlisha Blakeney. My hometown is Monroe, North Carolina.

I am soon-to-be graduate from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathemetics, Class of 2014, located in Durham, North Carolina.

I am proud to call myself an unicorn, because it has required hardwork, dedication, and self-support to succeed and make it this far along my journey. I am currently the president of NIA, an all girls club at NCSSM, and our NCSSM Colours Choir. I am also a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, and I have worked hard to win 1st place in our mathematics, engineering, and science research competitions these past two years.

I am also a student-body leader at my school, working with the Chancellor and the Strategic Planning Team to better shape our school and help us grow.

I will spend the next four years of my life as a Tarheel at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where I will get my degree in Business. I truly enjoy getting to know new people and I love helping others’ dreams come true.

It is my dream to reach out to children from poor-socio economic communities and help them reach success. I want to also help provide more shelters and opportunities for the underprivileged. I have always wanted to see a change in the world, and I am striving to be that change. ”

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