My name is Shanteirria Burns. The three best words to describe me are special, sweet, and nice. When I grow up I want to be a doctor and plastic surgeon. My favorite foods are hamburgers and pasta. If I could have any superpower, it would be all of them because I can do multiple things with those powers when I get my own house. I want to live in Jamaica where my mom’s from. My favorite books are graphic novels and comic books. One thing that might creep you out is that I can win at a staring contest because I sleep with my eyes open. The question I get all the time is, does it hurt? My answer is no, and no, they don’t get dry. I’m 12 years old and a Taurus bull, and my birthstone color is green! Not Shanteria or Shaterria; it’s Shanteirria Burns.

Read Shanteirria’s story, “Where I’m From.”