Congratulations! to our six winners for the 2016 poetry contest.
Sexy Like A Book helps in combating the high rate of illiteracy in Liberia, by cultivating a culture of reading that transcends the classrooms, and motivates girls to be intelligent, poised, creative and assertive visionaries, who contribute to their communities and the world.
2016 winners of the 1st annual Sexy-Like-A-Book poetry competition for Liberian girls
Ms. Lisa Harris developed a great interest in writing and reading as she grew up in mostly quiet and well-grounded settlements that did not require much from her as a child, except her academic and best work. As a young girl, she has written several poems on various themes that are dear to her heart. Lisa also wrote essays of all kinds throughout primary and secondary school.
Lisa was born on October 29, 1994, in the capital of the Gambia, Banjul, and grew up in Accra, Ghana, where she gained her pre-primary, primary, and one year of junior secondary education. She is truly a book lover and has strong principles that guide her in life. An adventurer who loves to visit new places, Lisa loves to meet new people, and learn new things. She always tries to see the good in people and situations.
Currently, Lisa Harris is a student at the University of Liberia, while she works with girls and young women in Liberia, aiding in their development in every capacity. The 2013 graduate of the Lott Carey Baptist Mission School is dedicated to improving the system of education, and the lives of young people, in Liberia.
Victoria Daye is a talented young Liberian girl, who is twenty years of age. Born and raised in a Christian family, blessed with four siblings and lovely parents. She loves writing, singing, dancing and anything fun and creative. Victoria is beautiful, smart and outspoken. She is a former student of the Ricks Institute and was top 10 honor student in the class of 2015. She was also a winner of Black Girls Rock Leadership Camp USA/Liberia 2013 and Deeper Life Gambia.
The daughter of Mrs. Henrietta Teta Gray & Dr. Mulbah Blamah Gray, Sr., Faith Gray was born on August 30, 1997. She is from Lofa County, and very proud of her Lorma heritage. A senior student at the Ricks Institute, Faith is excited about graduating at the end of the school year. Her habits include designing, modeling, writing and reading interesting articles and books. What she hates most is being lied to, or being deceived.
Ms. Patrice Juah is her role model. Her favorite color is sky blue, and she loves being around children. Faith’s goal is to become a Medical Doctor, and one of Liberia’s best female writers.
Faith’s favorite quotation is, “It is not how many times one falls, but how many times one falls and can still get up and move again”.
Marshad Julia Beyslow is the first of three children of Mr. Shadrick Beyslow and Mrs. Margaret Beyslow. Her other two siblings are Shirley S. Beyslow and Abdallah E. Beyslow. Marshad was born on February 7, 2000, at the Ricks Community Clinic in Lower Virginia, Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia. She is 17-years old. She graduated from Ricks Institute with the class of 2015/2016, and is currently enrolled at Stella Maris Polytechnic.
Marshad likes reading, writing, public speaking, and making new friends with good morals and integrity; envisioning how she wants to be when she grows up. One of her favorite quotes is from one of Mr. Ben Carson’s books titled, “Think Big” and “You have a brain use it”.
Ms. Maxita Viola George is an eighth-grade student at Ricks Institute; blessed to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell S. George. The last of four siblings, she was born on April 7, 2004.
A devout Christian, Maxita is the current CHILD OF THE YEAR, 2016/2017 at Providence Baptist Church. Her hobbies include reading, interacting with friends, and dancing. She lives with her family in the Moulton Corner Community in Brewerville, Montserrado County.
Odell M. Garkpah is seventeen years old, and in the 11th grade at the Christian Martyrs Academy. She lives with her family in Marshall, Margibi County, although she hails from Grand Bassa County. Odell loves to read, watch movies and cook. One day, she aspires to become a nurse and a fashion designer.