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Hi! My name is Ayanna. I attend Hunter College High School. My family is from the Dominican Republic and Antigua as well as of Native American, African American, and Caucasian descent. We live in Spanish Harlem. I have always been interested in art. Since I was young, I’ve defined art simply as a person’s expression of how their environment has affected them. However, I recently became interested in learning how to describe and articulate my art to the world. I’ve always made art with a specific thought or design in mind. I’d have it planned out and knew the basics of what I wanted to be shown, but left room for a free creative flow and minor alterations. If I didn’t like the final outcome, I would be thoroughly upset and would think of a completely different project to do, not bothering to change more aspects of the initial image. In hindsight, I realize that the process in which I made art was incredibly reflective of my character and the way I approached life, and it still is. I currently enjoy overworking myself with extracurricular activities such as art programs at the Y/Met, community service, dance, lacrosse, weekend classes at New York University, and participating in advocating cultural ties (ACT) in Hunter and Hunter’s Action against Hunger (two clubs created in Hunter College High School). I intend to study cultural anthropology and paleoanthropology.