Senior Jonah Peoples is in many ways, Centennial High School’s Renaissance man. He is among many things, a football player, a track star, a writer, artist, performer, and an all around groovy guy. This is why The Centinal decided to appoint him Student of the Week! We interviewed Jonah to get a deeper insight of who he is:
The Centinal: Congrats on being nominated for “WCIA’s play of the week” last week! How does that feel?
Peoples: Well I feel really honored to be nominated at all. It was really cool to see myself on TV, and see the other players do their things. It was really fun, and I hope that I can get nominated again!
The Centinal: Last year, you took a small hiatus from playing football. What made you want to take a break from football? What motivated you to come back?
Peoples: Well last year was just a very stressful year, and I wasn’t really feeling the football “mood” and I just didn’t think it was the best idea for me to play, so I just took the year off. Now speaking on this year, I thought “ya know, it’s senior year, and I might as well go out with a big bang.” Also, I’m hoping I can get a scholarship out of it, and further my education in college.
The Centinal: You have this energetic, positive and silly energy that I love. What inspires you to be this way and how can one share your wonderful outlook on life with you?
Peoples: Well since I grew up in a family with 5 boys, not being energetic was never an option, and ultimately it stuck with me. Also, there is a lot of negativity and such things in the world, and I just don’t want to be a part of that. I want to be able to stand out and just let people know, “hey there is good in this world, and I’m gonna show it.” And the one way to share my way of life is just being who am I. The silly goofy, and crazy kid that I am.
The Centinal: Who are some of your role models? Who are the most important people in your lives and how would you thank them?
Peoples: I’d have to say my Dad is probably the biggest role model in my life. There are so many young guys and girls who grow up with out fathers, and that has a big impact on their lives. I’m just really blessed to have my dad in my life. He’s taught me how to be a true man, how to love, live and treat a lady. If there was anything Icould do to thank him- I’d buy him a BMW K1200r.
The Centinal: Besides being a football player, you are also known for being a prominent and creative writer. What drew you into wanting to write and how is writing different from all the other activities you are involved with?
Peoples: Well, writing is something I actually stumbled upon in my earlier years. As a kid, and even now, I had a really overactive imagination, and I would catch myself daydreaming in my classes and at home. So when I was in about 7th grade, I decided to write down my crazy ideas, and from then I’ve been writing books since. Writing to me is just one of my many ways to release myself, to fall into a fantasy that I control. It’s a really great feeling when you just sit down and write for hours.
The Centinal: What are some writing and/or creative projects you are involved in right now? Can you give us a little sneak peek of what it is about?
Peoples: Well currently I’m on my third book, and this one is hands down my favorite. I write realistic fiction. Where I create other worldly situations, in the real world. get it? And I would show you a sneek peek, but you’ll just have to read my book.
The Centinal: And to top off the crazily large list of your talents, you are also an amazing stage performer, stealing the show as “Johnny Casino” in Grease. Any future plans to continue performing?
Peoples: But I really loved performing in the musical. The cast, the song, everyone and everything was beyond amazing. S/O to Mrs. Aldridge for bringing out the performer in me! I would love to keep performing, be it in school or in the community, I just have to find the time for it. But overall, it was a blast.
The Centinal: If you could travel back in time and talk to little freshman Jonah Peoples and say anything to him, what advice would you give him?
Peoples: Make sure to keep focus in class, and goof off just a little bit less. Also, be smart about the ladies you like, girls are great and all, but they can be tricky! Watch out! And enjoy the time you have, it goes by in a flash.
The Centinal: Best experience in high school? Most embarrassing experience in high school?
Peoples: My best high school memory…was honestly my first day of freshman year, it was literally a day in my life when everything changed. Now my most embarrassing was when…I walked into the girls bathroom and actually went pee. I didn’t even notice…lol
The Centinal: What is your favorite cartoon?
Peoples: I love a show called Sgt. Frog, it’s figgin’ hilarious. I laugh every time I watch it, it’s really one of my favorites.