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Students' Spotlight: Liyah Smith
Michelle McCullum


A white board hangs on the second floor hall wall in MSMS’s Hooper Academic Building.  This white board frequently hosts elaborate drawings. In hopes of learning the reason behind the pictures, I interviewed the artist herself, Liyah Smith, a senior from the Class of 2015.

Why did you apply to MSMS?
LS: I needed to get away from home, and I also wanted to be a good role model for my younger sister.

What do you want to do after graduation?
LS: I want to go to college and major in studio arts.

Do you know what college you want to apply for?
LS: Either Upstate New York or somewhere out of state.

What is an experience you have had while at MSMS?
LS: Life is hard, but it is invigorating. I’m presented with a new challenge every day.

Who is your role model and why?
LS: I would say it is my mother. She showed me how to handle life and implemented her ideas into my teachings to keep me from making the same mistakes she did.

Do you have any advice for future juniors?
LS: Don’t take too many classes that you can’t handle.

What are things you are passionate about?
LS: Chocolate, art works, sleeping, and trying my best to succeed elsewhere.

What is it like having a roommate?
LS: It’s a headache as well as an extra resource.

And my final question is the reason for this interview. What was your inspiration to draw on the white boards in Hooper?
LS: I started it the second semester of my junior year. I had off periods and plenty of free time. There was an empty board that never had post on it and markers. I had no spare paper to draw on. I drew about three pictures a month since then. I never really have time to draw and it makes me feel like I’m losing a part of me. I draw on the board as a way to find myself and to find my missing piece. The teachers liked the drawings so the other reason I do it is to give them relief from teaching and dealing with us all day. The final reason is to leave my mark on this place.  I may not be here long, but someone can share my story and the impact will stay in the hearts of those who enjoyed them.