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2016 Grizzlies Scholars

Diego Alba- Lausanne Collegiate School

  • Where do you live? I live in Cordova.
  • What is your professional aspiration? I want to be a Computer Programmer.
  • Who is your Mentor? Kevin Woods (he's awesome!)
  • If you could spend time with a famous person, who would you choose?  Bill Gates, no question.

Joe Buchanan III- St. George's Independent School

  • Where do you live? I live in Ragan Farms.
  • What is your professional aspiration? I want to be an Author.
  • Who is your Mentor? Desmond Jackson
  • Do you have any siblings? I have a little brother and a little sister.
  • And, your favorite superhero? Deadpool

Marico Davis- Southwest Early College High School

  • What neighborhood do you live in? I live in Northaven.
  • What is your professional aspiration? You're going to think I'm kidding but I want to be a Brain Surgeon.
  • Interesting. What is your Mentor's name? My mentor is Aaron Ford.
  • If you could come back as an animal ... ? I'd want to be a Panther, for obvious reasons.

Isaiah Henderson- Central High School

  • Where do you live? I am a proud resident of the Soulsville neighborhood in South Memphis.
  • If you had to choose a career today, what would you choose? I'd go into Computer Engineering.
  • What's your Mentor's name? Alex Jenkins
  • And, your biggest accomplishment to date? I was Class Valedictorian last year. That was pretty cool.

KeJuan Jones- Memphis University School

  • What neighborhood do you call home? I live in Frayser
  • If you had to choose a career today, what would you choose? I'd be an Entrepreneur. I will be an Entrepreneur. 
  • Who is your Mentor? Carlyle White
  • And, your favorite Memphis Grizzlies Player? It's definitely Mike Conley Jr.
  • One more question Kejuan. Something is different about you ... did you change your hair? You'll have to watch the video to find out.

Brinnan Lawson- Lausanne Collegiate School

  • What neighborhood do you live in Brinnan? My family lives in South Memphis.
  • What is your professional aspiration? I am going to be a Genetic Engineer.
  • You sound certain. I am.
  • What is your Mentor's name? Ryan Coopwood
  • Finally, who inspires you? Neil deGrasse Tyson

Shannon Smith- Southwest Early College High School

  • What part of Memphis do you live in? I live out East 
  • Your professional aspirations? I want to be an Engineer
  • Who is your Mentor?  Willie Grace - he's cool.
  • Who gives you inspiration? My parents and my teachers inspire me.
  • You have a little sister who is also very smart. What one word would you use to describe her? Annoying!

Joyner Stephens- Middle College High School

  • What neighborhood do you live in? I live in Raleigh
  • If you could choose a career today, what would it be? I'd be an NBA Player
  • Ok, who is your Mentor? Randy Odom. He's been a big advocate of my professional goal, while also stressing the importance of a Plan B.
  • And, what's your favorite video game? NBA 2K17, of course.

Jermaine Thompson- Central High School

  • Where in Memphis do you live? I live in Gaston, near Soulsville
  • What is your career of choice? I aspire to be a Visionary
  • Tell us more? I like to use my creativity to think outside the box and consider ideas that others couldn't.
  • Ok. who is your Mentor? My mentor is Theo Ossei-Anto
  • Finally, if you could vacation anywhere, where would you go? The Moon

Marcus Walker Jr.- Harding Academy of Memphis

  • What part of Memphis do you claim as your neighborhood community? If you mean, where do I live, I live in Cordova.
  • What is your professional aspiration? I'm going to be a Scientist
  • Who is your Mentor? His name is Quan Poole
  • Your favorite book? The Divergent Series
  • And, finally, what's one thing you've learned in the Scholars Program? I learned how to collaborate in ways that will help me succeed.