Grade 11, Boston Latin Academy
Joelleen is 17 years old and lives in Dorchester. She is currently in the 11th grade at Boston Latin Academy. Joelleen is unique because she recognizes the universality of being creative, whether it is drawing, singing, or writing, in that those things require a similar work, dedication, and determination. She is also a diverse individual because she enjoys various genres and styles of music. Joelleen is inspired by all the books she had read about protagonists accepting their “call to adventure”; although they are works of fiction, they represent important life lessons. She is inspired by Solange because she works hard to be authentic and reflects it in her music. Solange inspires Joelleen to not lose touch with her roots and to be her truest self.