This young woman ignites passion through individual involvement. Serving as an example and role model, she continues to think outside the box, turning dreams into action, ideas into impact and achieving beyond expectation. This category is limited to recipients 24 years old and under.
Deja-Marie Simon is a high school senior at the Virgin Islands Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy on St. Thomas, USVI. From the age of four she started molding items out of clay and making dolly clothing out of fishing wire. She enjoys drawing, painting, and digital art. In the summer of 2020, Deja-Marie established her own online store named “Art by Deja Boo”. The store has items that she has personally created and designed. Deja-Marie illustrated her first book collaboration called” “The Runaway Watermelon” with Ms. Rhea Madison James. Deja-Marie also does private commission . Her goal in life is to become a 2D animation artist or art director for either Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, or any other children's television network. On January 15th, Deja-Marie was the recipient of the 2021 MLK Service Award. Deja-Marie has also won several local art contests as 1st place in the Love & Change in the Time of the Corona art contest and 1st place in the Black History Month Art Contest. From a young age Deja-Marie has been committed to helping others and her community. She is currently painting “The Black Utopia Lane Mural". Deja is also a youth peer leader and member of the YWCA, USVI Y-Teens VI Inc, which she has been a member for 8 years. Deja-Marie plans on attending Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York in the Fall.
I have always enjoyed watching the behind-the-scenes videos on how particular cartoons and comic storylines become drawn and written, which led me to be interested in the major’s known as 2D animation, Storyboarding, and Illustration. My interest in these majors has led me to do my own online business by selling t-shirt designs that I have created. All the artworks are originals created by me. In context, Art has always been my main interest; I love it so much that I want to spend my entire life doing it because it gives me joy.
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