Despite Difficult Beginnings Including Loss of Mother and Bullying at School, Kyah Jernigan Imposed on the Road to Success | Local News

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Kyah Jernigan, 18, talks about her journey to becoming a successful student in her new home which she shares with her father, Darnell.


SEAN KRAJACIC, Kenosha News


In addition to being her father’s right-wing daughter, Kyah Jernigan, 18, is a full-fledged director.

Despite the difficult start of the loss of his mother at the age of 8 and bullying at school, Jernigan succeeded in the Kenosha Unified Schools and is now a freshman at Carthage College.

In 2018, Kyah was selected as the Unified Hero and shared her family’s journey in a short documentary video.

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A 2021 graduate from Indian Trail High School and Academy, she began attending Carthage College this fall after earning scholarships from the Herb Kohl Foundation and the Mahone Fund.

She and her father credit the Unified staff and the Boys and Girls Club resources for providing them with resources and support over the years.

Kyah’s planned major is commerce, but she talks enthusiastically about her job at Carthage College radio station where she hosts a talk show. “I discovered that I had a very big passion for music production,” she said. “I want to work in the music industry and own an independent label.”

She would also like to give back to the community by teaching music production at the Boys and Girls Club. “I want to give children an outlet to create,” she said.


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