“I was taught very early that if you want something, you have to go out there and get it! This comes with hard work and dedication. Yes, there are going to be some tough times that come in your life, but the difference between successful people and non-successful ones is that a successful person never gave up no matter how hard the situation was.”

Age: 17

School: Runnels High School, junior

Parents: Tunde and Sharon Animashaun


Book: “Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust” by Immaculée Ilibagiza

TV show: “The First 48”

Movie: “Django Unchained” and “The Lion King.”

Music: Rap, R&B, pop

Hangout: Mall or movies

Role model: My father

Extra: Rahliat Animashaunplays soccer for Baton Rouge Soccer Club, Runnels High School and the Olympic Developmental Program. She is also active in the Youth Ministry at Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. She was named the Youth Female Referee of the Year for soccer for the state of Louisiana and was selected for the National Society of High School Scholars.

William Taylor

Assistant People editor