I’m Zaire Johnson and I am currently a junior at St. Francis High School.I was born and raised right here in Sacramento. I’ve grown up in the shadows of greats like Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey, and among catastrophes like 9/11 and the recent economic recession. I’ve entered into my teen years watching Mark Zuckerberg start a social revolution from within a Harvard dorm room. These people and events have definitely affected my worldview. On top of all that, I know that I have the skills to change the world.
Since my 8th grade year, I have been working to change the world around me. I participated in Summer of Service at West Campus High and the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. Creating videos in both programs that aimed to bring issues in the Sacramento area into the minds of teenagers. I am a member of a FIRST FRC Robotics team and a former participant in Girls Who Code. From those experiences I learned about engineering, computer programming, and leadership.
Two people who ignited my interest in journalism and international relations are war correspondent Marie Colvin and Helen Thomas who served in the White House Press Corps. Both were pioneers in their fields, simultaneously breaking down gender roles and reporting the honest truth. I am inspired by many people and ideas the evolving nature of the world today and the revolutions that are pushed forward through new forms of communications inspire me the most. I hope to use my voice and skills to contribute the ethos.
I believe that Sacramento is a hotbed for both technological and social breakthroughs, and I want to be a part of that process. This is my home, and I want to create and foster long-lasting roots and connections with others who share my passions before venturing out into this world and learning everything there is for me to absorb.