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Teen Spotlight: Ja’Niya Nelson

Ja'Niya Nelson

name: Ja’Niya Nelson


17, Senior at Park Crossing High School


  • 2022-2023 Senior Class President
  • National Honor Society
  • Perfect Attendance
  • Honor Roll
  • P.C. Jewels All Girl Mentor Group


“One decision dictates your future.”

her story:

Ja’Niya shared her favorite part about attending Park Crossing High School is “getting to learn things I didn’t know before and meeting new people everyday. I learn things I never knew, and it amazes me sometimes. I love learning new things. Once I learn about them at school, I begin to do more research at home.” Ja’Niya was selected as Senior Class President for the 2022-2023 school year. In addition to her role as class president, she is also part of the Park Crossing High School Choir and serves as the Boys Basketball Team Manager. She had this advice for other students, “When entering high school, always remember to stay focused and stay organized. Don’t procrastinate when it comes to doing work and studying.”

what’s next:

Ja’Niya shared that she plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy. She wants to become a physical therapist because she loves helping people and believes this field best fits her personality.

PG (parental guidance) rating:

She shared, “I am proud to say that my family does not judge no matter what. My grandmother is the most inspirational person in my life right now. She has always been there for me and taught me to always push for everything I want. I will never give up and she is the reason for that.”

parents’ perspective:

Ja’Niya’s mother, JaLeesa James, shared, “I admire that JaNiya is never afraid to try new things and doesn’t let anything hold her back. If there’s something she wants to do, I always let her go for it. Even as a parent, she doesn’t require my validation, she makes me proud by blazing her own path.”


JaLeesa had this advice for other parents, “I think there is no true path for helping a child reach his/her full potential. Each child is different, and as a parent, you have to love them for who they are. If you love and support their individuality, your child will feel as if they can reach his/her potential.”

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