Humans of Laker Nation: Sydney Brown


Layah Johnson-Savage

Q: What is your favorite memory of WBHS?

A: “Well, my favorite memory will probably be the freshmen Winterfest pep rally dance off of 2018. It was kind of a way for our grade to come together.”


Q: What is your least favorite?

A: “Probably my ninth grade beginning programming class because I had a really bad teacher and I had to teach myself a lot about coding that year and learn a lot about myself. And how to, you know, take action when it’s needed. Especially when I’m doubting myself and I know I’m correct.”


Q: What was your first day of 9th grade like?

A: “My first day of the ninth grade was me wearing some Nike huaraches, which I completely regret now in 2021 but that was 2018. And me putting on this target outfit with some camo pants and this burgundy shirt, it was so bad.”

Q: What makes you smile?

A: ”My friends. My family. My boyfriend. Going out places I love like just being out driving and having fun. Eating food. Okay, I love me some chicken. Let me just tell you that.”


Q: What is your favorite activity that isn’t school involved?

A: “Coding. I love coding. I code out of school and I own a web designing business. So I do graphic designs and stuff. So just being on my computer and my own kind of sacred space. Listening to my music really brings me enjoyment. I started coding when I was in sixth grade. So I don’t know what that was. But it was in sixth grade. And now it’s 2021 when I’m in 12th grade, so six years ago.”


Q: What was your favorite moment with your friends?

A: “A Christmas party in 2019 at my aunt’s house, and we played Christmas songs and we went outside and started ding dong ditching people. That was fun.”


Q: What would you say to people starting at WBHS?

A: “Everybody is not going to be your friend. You need to focus on yourself. Okay, please focus on yourself.“

Q: What was the scariest moment of your life?

A: “When COVID started, because I had a lot of people around me passing away. My neighbor caught COVID and passed away. I saw him getting on an EMS truck and everything. So just seeing stuff like that really affected me in a way like I didn’t know what to do. You know, you couldn’t do anything, we were just in our home. It just felt really scary to even walk out my house. I believe that was probably the scariest.”


Q: What is your next step going forward?

A: “I want to go to North Carolina A&T. So, I’m hoping I get that acceptance on December 1. 


Q: Who do you look up to, why?

A: “I look up to my mom because she is a very strong woman. She attended the University of Michigan, went to all these colleges, got her master’s degree, every single degree she’s walked across the stage pregnant, which is really hilarious with me and my sister. She can go through a lot. And it inspires me. She just continues to strive every day and persevere.


Q: What was your biggest learning experience? How has it changed the way you look at things?

A: “Being the only black girl in your classroom, especially in advanced placement classes. Again, don’t doubt yourself because a lot of people in that class are just there because their friends are there. And always know why you’re in something and be able to tell people why you’re in that and why you’re smart enough to be in that class.