Justice Williams, 14, is an 8th-grade student at Lead Academy Middle School.
During the week, Justice focuses on homework and playing soccer, but on the weekends she can be found playing video games, skateboarding, or practicing her drumming skills.
“My family has an Xbox 360 so I’m used to playing RPGs and shootings games, nothing too violent,” she said.
Originally from Ohio, Justice said after her parents divorced in 2009, she moved to Nashville with her mother and brother.
JUST BEING JUSTICE
For all the newbies out there, RPG stands for role-playing game. She said some of her favorite games are Destiny, Disney Infinity and Minecraft.
“Technology is cool,” she said. “You get to build your own little world, tinker with things and build players to live in [those worlds].”
Justice, who had perfect attendance in the first nine weeks of class, just received an Ethos Award for discipline. An Ethos Award is an accolade given to students in each grade in different categories ranging from discipline to leadership and teamwork.
“School is going great, and I’m glad I moved to the Lead Academy community,” she said. “It’s friendly here. I’ve been here since 5th grade so I’m used to it. I like the spirit. Everyone is upbeat, especially at the pep rallies.”
With a slight laugh Justice said her mom makes sure she’s disciplined, explaining that she is only allowed to play her Xbox 360 on the weekends.
Besides gaming, Justice likes skateboarding and drumming on the weekends too.
“I found this cool Penny Nickel Skateboard and I thought, ‘Hey I might try that out,’,” she said. “I’ve been riding it whenever I can for about a year now. I’d like to do an ollie but right now I’m just mastering the turns.”
Justice’s older brother, Tyre Williams is a freshman at Fisk University studying medical biology and gene development.
“A community is a group of well-orchestrated people.”
When Neat Nashville asked Justice how it felt to be a part of a community she said it felt welcoming and that “you’re a part of something.”
“I’m a part of the Nashville community, the Lead Academy community and the gaming community,” she said.
Justice said when she gets older she wants to go to Ohio State University to become a veterinarian.
“My mom is a nurse and so I kind of got a feel of what’s like to be one, and I like it,” she said.” But instead of working with people, I’d like to work with animals.”
In August, she adopted a three-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named Liam from the Nashville Humane Society.
The bright young woman that she is, Justice often sets goals for herself. She said this year she wants to be successful by staying on the honor roll and being actively involved in things in and out of school.
“Outside of school, I’m involved in this church organization called Pathfinders,” she said.“Pathfinders is a drum corps so right now we’re working on drilling and playing the drums.”
Just picking up the drums a few weeks ago, she loves it already.
Justice, like many of us, has real concerns about the community moving forward. She said one of the things that often catch her eye is the homeless population in Nashville.
“I just think there could be a lot more done to help people who are less fortunate.”
Justice suggests more temporary shelters until people are able to get back on their feet.
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