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Amaiya’s Point of View

 By Andrea Salazar

“If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?” This song quote from Kendrick Lamar’s song “Poetic Justice” is a representation of Amaiya Jones’ life story. “Growing up, there were multiple times in my life where my father wasn't really there. I was in a really dark place because of him.” The little girl who once felt abandoned now plans to help people who are in similar, helpless situations.


Amaiya Jones is an 18-year old girl who attends Canton High School. There, Jones takes a Family & Child

studies course, where she learns the basics of caring for children. “I can use the knowledge from this

class to put it into my future career. Becoming a nurse has been a dream since I was younger,” Amaiya

says. She knew from a young age that being of service to others was in her future, “I'm really passionate

about it. I like helping people, especially when it comes to kids.” 


Amaiya plans to not only pursue nursing but also seek a job in the cosmetology field. She’s always loved

doing makeup on herself and others. “I’ve been dreaming about it since I was younger so why not do

nursing and cosmetology on the side?.' she says. Amaiya finds art in wearing synthetic lashes and hopes

to become a lash technician. “They’re a big part of my personality, I like to stand out, they’re very

empowering.” I had never thought about cosmetics holding as much power as they do. Today, I got 

to see another side of Amaiya where she shows that makeup can be a form of expression and

that helping people

is a gift, not a chore. 


Whether it’s by making someone feel beautiful or caring for one of her family members, Amaiya is truly an ambitious and benevolent person; she took her desolate past and transformed it into a bright future for herself and others.

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Above: One of Amaiya’s birthday photos, 

taken at venue hall in Stoughton

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