Q: What High School do you attend?
Q: Please tell us about your current plans after high school and what inspired you to choose this path?
A: I plan to attend Oglethorpe University to major in education and minor in music. I was inspired to choose this path by all of the educators in my life. Three of the most influential people in my life also happen to be three of my favorite educators: my mom, sister, and chorus teacher, Mr. Streetman. The way these three individuals have cared for me and the rest of the students they encounter inspired me to want to do the same. Once I became involved with various tutoring projects, I realized that I love teaching others more than almost anything in the world. Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and it has been a defining part of my high school experience. I cannot imagine my life without music which is why I chose to continue pursuing music as a minor. I chose Oglethorpe because it has the most welcoming community I have ever encountered! My former chorus teacher, Dr. Powell, is the choral director there, so that also played a role in my choosing OU.
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
A: I am the second of four siblings. I have a sister who is 28 who was slated to graduate this spring with her B.S. in Early Childhood Development, a sister who is 10 who is excited about being promoted to the fifth grade, and a brother who is 8 and loving the game of Roblox! I am the proud daughter of Debra Hall-Jefferson who is graduating also with her Master’s Degree in Education and Maurice Hall who is a retired Navy officer (shout out to my stepdad, Rod)! My family is very tight-knit, and it has been lovely to have their support during this time!
Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
A: The most interesting person I have met here in our community is my chorus teacher, Mr. Streetman.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: France because that’s where my choir was supposed to travel to before this pandemic canceled our tour.
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
A: My absolute favorite movie is Shrek, and my absolute favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy.
Q: What’s the best advice you ever received from a teacher? Who was the teacher?
A: *not verbatim “It pays well to do good because you never know who you’ll need to call in the future.” – Mr. Phillip Streetman (chorus).
Q: What is your go-to band/singer when you can’t decide what to listen to?
A: J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise.
Q: If you could choose anyone to have lunch with, who would you choose? Why? And where, locally, would you meet for this lunch?
A: My chorus teacher Mr. Streetman because I miss him! I’m always down to have lunch at Carolina Ale House.
Q: What is your favorite thing about our community?
A: I love all of the artists that can be found here. The CSRA is rich in creativity.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
A: I see myself having earned my B.S., Master’s, and Ed.D degrees and participating in educational leadership.
Q: What show are you binge-watching right now?
A: Good Girls!
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and the best single day on the calendar?
A: October. Thanksgiving. October 3rd.
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
A: My siblings. I have to continue to grow and be better so I can make them proud!
Q: If you could go back over your entire school career, what is one thing you would do differently?
A: I wouldn’t change a thing.
Q: Who or what do you miss the most right now?
A: I miss my aunt, Sheryl, the most right now.
Q: What life lessons have you learned through this quarantine experience?
A: I have learned to value in-person socialization!
OUR FINAL QUESTION
Q: What’s the first thing you want to do when this quarantine is over?
A: The first thing I want to do when this quarantine is over is spending time with those who I haven’t seen since this quarantine began as long as it is safe to do so.
Thank you, Sierra, for interviewing with us during this quarantine time. You have made my experience easy and comfortable. To new beginnings. If I can share one piece of advice for the life you are about to create, it would be for you to enjoy the journey. That’s how you create a beautiful life. Say yes to life! Enjoy yourself and create beautiful and loving memories. Friends for Life. ~MICKI