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Jackson Barnett is a senior at Childersburg High School in Childersburg, AL, where both his parents are teachers. He is a church pianist and the editor of his high school yearbook and newspaper. He is involved in his high school's Key Club, drama club, and Student Leadership Team, as well as many other clubs and organizations.

Jackson's dream job is to be a Broadway pianist in New York City for his favorite musical, Wicked, but he thinks he can settle with becoming a lawyer or a journalist.

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Exploring a Modern Fixation With Labels

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:48 AM

In my 18 years, I've spent a lot of time exploring different diets. For 51 weeks during 2012, I was a vegetarian. I even experimented with veganism during a sad week in July I can now only describe as "malnourished." In the beginning of 2013, I started eating meat again...

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Why Emma Watson's Graduation Is Important for Teenagers

(6) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 12:05 PM

When I think of mega-successful childhood actors and celebrities, there's one thing I don't typically think of: college. And it isn't without lack of reason, either. When was the last time you were strolling through Georgetown and saw Miley Cyrus wearing a heavy bookbag and a pair of Norts? And...

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Two Pieces of Advice From 'Harry Potter' I Want My Classmates to Know

(3) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 9:23 AM

I graduated from Childersburg High School in Childersburg, AL, on May 22, 2014, at 7 pm. As the salutatorian of my graduating class, I was given the honor of delivering a commencement address at my graduation ceremony. The speech, available below, contains two pieces of advice from my favorite book...

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Austin Mahone's Must-Follow Instagram Accounts And The Weirdest Place He's Written A Song

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 6:49 PM

Almost a year ago, HuffPost Teen caught up with Austin Mahone about his first album, touring with Taylor Swift and why he's not the next Justin Bieber. As it turns out, the "Banga Banga" singer has been up to a lot since then.

Last week, I...

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6 Things to Do Instead of Thinking About Your Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:56 AM

People have told us for years to think about our future; our parents have bombarded us with questions about what we want to be when we grow up, our teachers have told us to think about subjects we should major in and our counselors have asked us where we're going...

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How I Discovered That Authors Never Die

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 12:36 PM

I was driving home after crossing the multitude of items off my to-do list that required vehicular motion when I saw Books-A-Million near the highway. I could not pass up the opportunity to go in. (Honestly, I really had to use the restroom, but I actually spent well over two...

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What Tyler Oakley Taught Me About Being a 'Man'

(3) Comments | Posted January 4, 2014 | 10:03 PM

Tyler Oakley is sassy. He's fabulous. He's hysterical. He's also kind of my role model.

I hopped on the Tyler Oakley train much later than many of his most devoted fans, though I am proud to say that I became obsessed with him long before he reached his first million...

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Christmas Is for Everyone

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 8:57 AM

As Christmas is rapidly drawing near, I can't help but get excited. It all began with my family's annual viewing of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on Thanksgiving, and I've been having visions of sugarplums in my dreams every night since then. The holidays render the majority of humanity in good...

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Why Glee Is the Best Show for Teenagers

(10) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Glee has been my favorite television show since I discovered it two years ago. The wide range of music they cover has fueled my inner theatre nerd -- and, the creepy guy who accompanies the club has inspired me to be a better pop culture pianist. Now, don't get me...

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Miley vs. Pip: Our Great Expectations

(5) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 10:58 AM

Charles Dickens probably didn't imagine Pip swinging naked on a wrecking ball; however, I believe that if Dickens was writing in 2013, Pip would be a girl with several tattoos, a constant need to be naked, an infatuation with her own tongue and a bleach blonde pixie cut.

There's no...

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