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Hello, my name is Ranya. I attend high school in Manhattan and am in the eleventh grade. I live in Queens Village, New York. My father is Egyptian, and my mother is Jamaican. I just recently found out that my father's great-grandfather was French.

My interests include taking care of children, making them feel good, and making them laugh. I am also interested in marine biology; I like sea animals, especially the turtle, and I like swimming. I think it is really cool to be a synchronized swimmer, so I want to take classes.

What I like about art is that you are expressing your own feelings, and when you do that, you can never be wrong. The particular style of art that I like is Fauvism because of all the bright colors, like in Matisse's paintings.

Youth Insights allows me to give tours to all different age groups. I can give and receive knowledge about different art works and styles. The program gives me the opportunity to meet new people and learn about their cultures. I also learn how to interact with different people.

I like working with older people because if they were living at the time when a picture was made, they can take you back and teach you about the time period in which the art was created.

What I like about working with younger people is that they always seem to see something you overlooked. Since they are younger, they usually don't care what people think and are not afraid to speak their minds.

My favorite American artist is Joseph Stella. His painting The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme always seems to put me in a good mood. The painting is so intense and real; it's as if I could step inside and take a ride on the train. Every time I look at it, I see something that I didn't notice before.

In three years I will be in college, hopefully in college taking courses at Cornell. I will be having fun, probably taking math, science, liberal arts, and language classes, and fulfilling my goal and dream of being a pediatrician.