Monocacy Middle School eighth-grader Beyonce Carrington is over social media and what it does to girls her age.
“We aren’t the same people, and it’s crazy how society thinks we have to be the same way, have the same figure, have the same style,” Beyonce said. “It’s all what makes us different.”
That attitude led to her being picked for a Women’s History Month Leadership Forum hosted by Gov. Martin O’Malley and Maryland first lady and Judge Katie O’Malley. The forum was held March 25 in Annapolis.
Beyonce was nominated by Monocacy Middle School Boys & Girls Club Director Desiree Bryant, who said she has worked with the teenager “since she was a shy little sixth-grader.”
Since then, Bryant said she has seen Beyonce become social, outspoken and a role model to her peers.
“She’s got a strong head on her shoulders,” Bryant said. “She knows exactly what she wants to do when she leaves here.”
Beyonce’s plan is to attend University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a forensic science major and an environmental science minor. Nature has always been of interest to her, she said.
“If the environment is being one way, it will affect human beings, and vice versa,” she said. “And that’s really interesting.”
Beyonce’s interest in UMBC is because she hopes to always remain in Maryland, though she said her dad’s position in the military could move her family to Georgia.
“I like how it’s not too busy, but it’s not too country,” she said of Maryland. “It’s a nice mix of both.”
Her other interests include playing the violin, singing and dancing, which she has done in school talent shows. She also helps with the sound system for school plays.
Beyonce was one of 27 middle and high school girls to attend last month’s leadership forum. During the forum, she said she met Maryland women in positions of power. They discussed how to influence younger people and not let social media drag them down.
“I try to think about how we can’t compare ourselves to different people,” she said.
The group met the governor during the conference.
“I took a selfie with him, too,” Beyonce said.
A lot of the discussion at the forum focused on social media’s effect on youth. This is the toughest part of being a middle school student today, Beyonce said. Her favorite aspects of middle school are the new experiences and having friends and teachers by her side.
“I like a lot about middle school,” she said.
She also likes her name, which she said her mom selected after seeing Beyonce Knowles’ name on a magazine cover.
“I love if because it’s unique and different,” Beyonce said.
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