The Corner Forum
Tuesday, June 1, 2004
Issue #68

NEIGHBOR NEWS: A Winner, With Her Eyes Set High

Photo and Interview by Thomas J. Woody,

1300 block of Emerald Street NE

This interview of one of Emerald Street's younger residents was conducted on May 20. Also in attendance was Mary Spencer, the subject's grandmother.

Good day! Tell us your name.

My name is Alexus Gwartney.

Okay! Could you tell me your grade, your school's name and your teacher's name?

I am in the third grade at Watkins Elementary School in Southeast Washington. My teacher's name is Ms. White.

How old are you, Ms. Alexus?

I am 8 years old. I mean, 9 years old.

What is your favorite school subject?

My favorite school subject is Art, because I like to draw and paint.

What other things do you like to do besides draw and paint?

I like to ride my bicycle, swim and travel.

Where have you traveled?

To New Jersey, Florida, Solomon's Island in Maryland and Puerto Rico.

Wow! I also heard that you are a big soccer star. How long have you been playing soccer?

For one year.

Tell me the name of your team.

The Purple Panthers.

Do you have many friends on the team?

Yes: Sydney, Shannon and Jack.

How did you get started playing soccer?

(Looks at her grandmother who encouraged her to answer.) Grandma wanted me to be active and decided that this is a good sport, and I like it very much.

Could you tell us a little about "Soccer on the Hill?"

We play our games early on Saturday mornings at Tyler Field. The other five teams are the Sea Serpents, the Hurricanes, the Blue Jays, the Scorpions and the Yellow Jackets.

Are you a winning team?

Yes!

I noticed one day that you were wearing a medallion. How did you get it?

I won my medallion and trophy from a soccer tournament called "Stop the Violence" at American University. The whole team got one because we won second place in the tournament, and it was sponsored by Futsal, and D.C. Scores.

Wonderful! What do you want to be when you grow up?

The president of the United States.

Wow! Have you ever played at or visited R.F.K. Stadium?

No.

I'm sure you will one day, when you become a big soccer star, or when you become the president of the United States. Just always remember us on Emerald Street after you become real big.

I will!

Thank you, Alexus, for the interview.

Thank you. (In a flash, she's gone, as she rushes out the door to play with her sister and mother). §