School: YaaKoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School.
Reason: "I've drawn my whole life; nobody has taught me what I can do. The class I signed up for didn't say anything about it being Native art, but I like it. It is something new and nothing I am used to."
All in the family: "My mom draws really well, also my uncle paints - he's awesome."
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Favorite artist: "I don't have a favorite artist. There are lots of great ones out there. I do love music, and if I had to choose my favorite band, it would be either Arch Enemy or Pantera."
Future: "Yes I will keep doing art, it is a way out of the world. I really want to be a mechanic or auto body mechanic - I want to airbrush cars, it sounds like so much fun! I want to be really successful and go far."
Activities: "I work at Parts Plus and deliver auto parts. That and school are my activities."
Her teacher, Shane Brown, says: "Jessi is a multi-talented young woman, whether it's working on cars or producing one of her gorgeous, finely-detailed drawings. Jessi is dedicated and enthusiastic. She has a creative and open-minded outlook about art and how to capture the world through a pen or pencil."
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.