Portrait of Youu


Youu was visiting her family in Bakersfield, California, USA from Shanghai, China. She had two adorable grandchildren in the United States and was lucky enough to come and spend time with them. Youu was a retired Elementary School teacher who taught first through sixth grade throughout her career.

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Portrait of Victor-2


Victor had been a member of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and worked as a mechanic for heavy support equipment for the F-18 Hornet.

Victor was originally from San Diego, California, USA. At the time of the interview, he lived in Rosamond, California with his wife and four children.

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Portrait of Nicole-2


Nicole raised livestock at Antelope Valley High School, specifically steers and heifers. Although she was a student at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB), she didn’t consider raising livestock as a hobby, “I just like raising steers in general because it’s a fun project to do. I want to be an exotic animal trainer.”

Nicole raised steer for the Antelope Valley Fair. She was part of Future Farmers of America (FFA) and had participated in these activities for four years, she was going on her fifth year. Nicole was quite successful at raising livestock for the fair evidenced by her winning Grand Champion in 2016 and Reserve Champion in 2017.

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Portrait of Christian


Christian was skateboarding for about 7 or 8 years. He never competed, but wanted to, Christian remarked, “It’s just a matter of putting in the applications and trying to get ready for the competition, and getting there.”

Christian was born and raised in Lancaster, California, USA.

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Portrait of Tika


Tika was a lab assistant at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB), Antelope Valley location, computer lab. She was studying for her Masters in Social Work (MSW) and her bachelor’s was in sociology, which she received at CSUB.

Tika was originally from Oakland, California, USA. She came to Antelope Valley for a change of scenery and to be with her grandchildren and children. She had “three grown children and 10 grandchildren, the ages of seventeen down to two.”

Tika definitely was studying to be in the right profession. While speaking to her, I found that she was very calming. Tika is going to be practicing in a profession where people are anywhere from extremely sad, to depressed, to screamingly angry, and everything in between.

I’m sure that as Tika proceeds with her career, people who are at their height of their emotions will appreciate her natural ability to make them chill and make them listen to the wise things she has to say.

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Portrait of King


King was a two years old child model who loved cars and whose favorite food was fruit.

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Portrait of Gabriella


Gabriella had just started playing soccer a few months prior to this interview. She developed her interest in this sport because her older sister was a high-level player who received a scholarship to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. This gave Gabriella the inspiration to play and get a scholarship herself someday.

Gabriella also liked swimming, playing around with her friends and her favorite subject in school was science.

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Portrait of Lee


Lee was studying for the ministry at the West Coast Baptist College Bible College. He made the decision to attend this school because “the Lord called me there.” I asked if that meant he got a “feeling” and he clarified, “it was more than a feeling, really. I was feeling I had to go, but, also, this was where the Lord wanted me to come and train for Ministry.”

Lee came all the way to Antelope Valley with his wife and his two children, 18 and 16 years old, from Greenville, North Carolina, USA. He had retired from North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

After retirement, Lee didn’t know what he was gong to do with the rest of his life. But “the thought kind of directed me and brought me here to West Coast Baptist College so that’s what I’m doing and hopefully I’ll be a pastor in a church somewhere or a missionary or even an evangelist.”

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Portrait of Jessica-3


Jessica was a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and also sang Rhythm and Blues (R&B). She composed her own songs.

Jessica was originally from Palmdale, California, USA. She was home-schooled and then went to  Antelope Valley College and University Of Antelope Valley‎ where she earned her CNA and took some nursing classes. At the time of the interview, she was doing in-home care as a CNA.

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Portrait of Marcelo


Marcelo was a  a carny for G Shows. In this picture, he was testing the ride before the opening of the day.

Marcelo was originally from Puebla, Mexico. He was a carny for seven years. In Mexico he spent time with his family

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