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Portrait of Russell-2


Russell was originally from San Fernando Valley but moved up to Antelope Valley, attended Antelope Valley High School, received his associate’s degree at Antelope Valley College, earned his undergraduate Communications degree at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB), Antelope Valley campus and at the time of this interview, was studying for a Masters of Science in Administration (MSA).

When Russell was studying Communications, he “didn’t really have any set goals” and was just trying to follow his instincts to see where he fit in the academic world. Russell explained that he was studying for an MSA, “to learn more about business.”

Russell also liked writing, both creative and research.

He was a night crew lead at Food 4 Less.

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Portrait of Carlos


Carlos had been working at Subway for a year when we met; it was his second job. His first job was tutoring any and all subjects to children ages five through seventeen.

Carlos graduated from Antelope Valley College with a degree in SELRES_c5cac77f-1d59-4c4d-8853-b24caa06dc47SELRES_8cfe1228-452b-48ad-a8c5-3e50a513bf0dSELRES_a85ac0eb-80b1-4fb7-88de-9c86a4522b88SELRES_6065a923-d4c7-43ca-93f3-4450a88dd206criminal justiceSELRES_6065a923-d4c7-43ca-93f3-4450a88dd206SELRES_a85ac0eb-80b1-4fb7-88de-9c86a4522b88SELRES_8cfe1228-452b-48ad-a8c5-3e50a513bf0dSELRES_c5cac77f-1d59-4c4d-8853-b24caa06dc47. He wasn’t able to go into this field because his mother fell ill and he had to become a full-time care provider for her. He had aspired to be a police officer, but that goal fizzled out after a while.

Carlos’s mother was doing better but was home and could not work.  Because of his experiences, Carlos’ creed was, “Make the most out of every day.”

Carlos liked working at Subway and now and then ate the food there.

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Portrait of Haley

In this portrait, Haley is wearing a Greek dance costume. Haley got into Greek dancing because her fifth grade teacher invited her to try it out. She had been doing it for eight years, and at the time of this posting, she was participating in the Antelope Valley Greek Festival.

Haley was in twelfth grade at Quartz Hill High School. She was planning to go to Antelope Valley College where she would take core classes so that she could transfer to San Diego State University (SDSU) and study zoology.

I think Haley would make a perfect Hermia, in A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.

Haley dancing with ensemble in full costume (second on right)

Haley dancing with ensemble in leggings and costume-top, last on right

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Portrait of Chris-2

Chris was a student at Antelope Valley College majoring in Business Administration. He wanted to become a CEO of a corporation someday and was planning to go for an  Master of Business Administration (MBA) but wasn’t sure exactly where, “probably somewhere in LA,” he remarked.

Chris’s favorite discipline in business was both corporate finance and any kind of finance. He liked doing analysis.

Chris was originally from Charleston, South Carolina, USA and moved to Antelope Valley after he graduated from high school because, “…I felt there were better opportunities. South Carolina is not well-known for Corporate America.”

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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 Michael-3

Michael was the (Information Technology) IT Consultant for California State University Bakersfield at the Antelope Valley College campus. He said that his title was, “a fancy way of saying I’m a geek…My multitude of obsessions include comics and role playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, which I’ve been playing that since the first edition, back in the seventies.”

StarWars was not Michael’s favorite, although he understood all Star Wars references I made. He did love A Song of Ice and Fire series and when Michael first started reading the series, he thought to himself, “Like, Yay. No one going on a random quest to save the universe or whatever…Don’t get attached cuz they’re going to die…That’s great.”

Michael believed A Song of Ice and Fire was a breath of fresh air after all the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy template/knockoff-type fantasy series, “And of course there’s all the political skulduggery, which makes it entertaining.”

Michael only watched Game of Thrones, the show, one season and was not impressed. I can only imagine what he would have thought of season seven. Let’s not talk about that.

Michael had various employees under him and he was a complete Tyrant. Please see his wanted poster below whence he seeks new work study employees. I’m kidding. He wasn’t a Tyrant at all. He was a really nice guy, laid back, with a sense of humor, and a humorous bulletin board.

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Portrait of Amy

Amy was a physical therapist aide and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). She was a physical therapist aide for two years and an EMT for one year. She wanted to be able to help people in any way she could, and was planning to apply for a national team in which she could respond to global emergencies.

Amy studied being an EMT at Antelope Valley College (AVC) and studied physical therapy at California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

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Portrait of Kellie

In this photograph, Kelly ponders her collectible card game named Magic the Gathering at Battlegrounds Computer & Tabletop Games in Lancaster, California, USA.

Kellie’s interest in these magic cards was inspired by her previous boyfriend. She studied the techniques on her own and then walked into the store, Battlegrounds, where she found a mentor to teach her how to play correctly.

Kellie was originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA and moved to Antelope Valley about the time she went to high school.

Kellie graduated from Desert High School, Edwards, California, attended Antelope Valley College (AVC). At the time that we met, she was planning to attend California State University(CSUB) at Bakersfield to major in biology.

Some of the Cards up close

Gorgeous Artwork

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Portrait of Paul-2

Paul was a seventeen-year-old who had just graduated from Quartz Hill High School and was planning to attend Antelope Valley College in the fall to study in their Airframe & Powerplant program.

After graduating from community college, Paul hoped to get a job “at Northrop Grumman Corporation or one of the other local airplane manufacturing companies.” He wanted to be an mechanic and “maybe even an engineer,” in which case he would attend either UCLA or or Cal Poly after completing an Associate’s Degree.

In this picture, Paul studies the engine of a restored Cessna 190 historical aircraft. The twin engine Cessna 190 was built in 1947 with  “Shakey Jake” 300 horsepower Jacobs supercharged, just carbureted engines.

All this fascinated Paul because he was originally from Antelope Valley and grew up watching airplanes and the intense quest for innovative aircraft research, technology and manufacturing that transpires in the area.


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Portrait of Spencer

Spencer was a student at .Antelope Valley College doing his French homework. When I noticed him, he was studying countries, nationalities, idiomatic expressions and much more for an upcoming exam.

Spencer was majoring in history because he loved history. He was studying French because he needed a language requirement for his degree and French was also one of his loves.

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