Triad Goodwill Announces Winners of YOUnique 2019 Student Model Search
GREENSBORO, NC – Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Inc. (Triad Goodwill) is proud to announce the 20 student models selected to represent the company during its 2019 YOUnique Back To School advertising campaign.
Local students embody retailer’s mantra to ‘Be You. Be Unique’
Triad Goodwill presented their Student Model Search in June through mid-July. Area kids were encouraged to apply, submitting photos and sharing the inspirations behind their unique sense of style and fashion.
“We were thrilled at the number of applications and support we received when launching this campaign,” says Christine Gillies, Marketing and Volunteer Specialist for Triad Goodwill. “Each of the five counties we serve are diverse and unique, and we truly believe that the 20 models we selected represent the communities here in Central North Carolina.”
ABOVE PHOTO -Trish Edwards, Ronald Robinson, Ayana Arrington, Sydney Rose Wray
The 20 student models that were selected from more than 100 elementary, middle school and high school students from Alamance, Guilford, Caswell, Randolph and Rockingham counties will appear in advertisements that will run in newspapers, in-store posters, billboards and social media among other places.
After the selection process, Triad Goodwill invited all of the student models to participate in a professional model shoot by Greensboro-based photographer Torey Searcy (www.tsearcyphotography.com/). They also received free gift cards to shop at Triad Goodwill.
Here are the students who were selected as part of the 2019 YOUnique Back to School Student Model Search, as separated by county:
Guilford County – Cooper Harding, age 11; Evan Montogmery, age 11; Heidi Robinson, age 13; Jehu Smith, age 8; Jennifer Kpuih, age 17; Ronald Robinson, age 18; Sydney Rose Wray, age 15; Taylor Hancock, age 9 and Zephi Smith, age 16.
Alamance County – Adylan Steele, age 4; Ayana Arrington, age 15; Jahzara Thompson, age 13 and Wauchie Green, age 6.
Randolph County – Brayden Williams, age 5; Paris McQuaig, Age 15 and Trish Edwards, age 15.
Rockingham County – Cheyenne Kennon, age 11; Nadia Perdue, age 13; and Patience Owens, age 6.
Triad Goodwill’s Be YOUnique Student 2019 Student Model Search Student Model Bios
Adylan Steele │Pre-K │ Alamance County
Adylan and her mother are a dynamic duo when it comes to Adylan’s fun and unique style! Mom helps with the style, and Adylan adds the creativity. Inspired by her aunts, Adylan loves finding fashionable and trendy items at a great low price whenever she shops at Triad Goodwill.
This year at school Adylan is looking forward to seeing her friends and tackling her favorite subject – math.
Amaya Taylor │Pre-K │ Guilford County
Sparkles, shine, and bright colors are some of Amaya’s favorite things when it comes to her unique style! She loves big dresses – just like the ones princesses wear, and especially loves when she finds them at Triad Goodwill. If she had to pick just one accessory for forever, she’d pick a big bow!
This year, Amaya is looking forward to meeting new friends and writing her name.
Brayden Williams│ Kindergarten │ Randolph County
Brayden’s unique laid back style keeps up with this active kindergarten lifestyle. When he’s not playing sports, like T-ball or basketball you’ll find him playing video games and having fun with friends.
This year, Brayden is looking forward to starting school and learning new things!
Jehu (JJ) Smith│ 3rd Grade │ Guilford County
Jehu’s unique style is influenced by sports, and one football player in particular, Carson Wentz. Jehu always makes sure that he feels good in whatever he’s wearing and that he really enjoys how he looks. If he had to pick only one accessory to wear, he’d pick his Lokai bracelets. He loves shopping at Triad Goodwill because it’s fun to find new things for himself from things that someone didn’t want or need anymore.
When he grows up, JJ wants to be a model or work in construction or maintenance. This year at school, he’s looking forward to seeing his friends.
Patience Owens│ 1st Grade │ Rockingham County
Patience’s signature freckles and self-proclaimed cuteness are what make her style so unique! Pink is her style icon and she’s influenced by the trends she spots. Bracelets are her favorite accessory and she loves finding great fashion and bargains at her local Triad Goodwill.
Art is her favorite subject because she loves to draw, and she’s looking forward to meeting new friends this school year.
Taylor Hancock│ 4th Grade │ Guilford County
Taylor’s cool style stands out from the crowd because it’s fun, not too dressy and inspired by her Aunt Stacie and Aunt Chelle, and her best friend. Her favorite accessory is a ring from her mother, and she love shopping at Triad Goodwill because “it’s like every store in one” thanks to people donating.
Taylor’s favorite subject is Science and she’s looking forward starting a new school in the fall.
Wauchie Green│ 1st Grade │ Rockingham County
Wauchie loves outdoor adventures and exploring, so his style has to keep up! If he had to pick one accessory it’d have to be a jacket with lots of pockets so he can collect all the great things he finds when exploring. His style icons are the YouTube stars, Axel (from Axel & Daddy) and Ryan (from Ryan’s Toy Reviews), and he always donates the clothes he outgrows to his local Triad Goodwill.
This year, Wauchie is looking forward to seeing his friends and learning about different cultures, environments, and habitats.
Cooper Harding │6th Grade │ Guilford County
Roaming the racks at her local Triad Goodwill is where Cooper finds her style inspiration, as well as popstar Zendaya. Cooper’s style is so unique because she enjoys putting looks together that might not seem to go together, but usually end up looking great! She especially loves thrifting at Triad Goodwill because she’s able to find unique and name-brand items that she normally can’t at great prices.
Cooper is looking forward to starting middle school and all of the independence that comes with it.
Cheyenne Kennon │6th Grade │ Rockingham County
Inspired by Taylor Swift and the cities she’s visited (like New York) have helped Cheyenne create a fun and unique style. “Not being afraid to be different” is what she believes truly sets her look apart from the rest of the class. She loves that she can find and take anything she finds at Triad Goodwill and make it her own.
Cheyenne’s looking forward to being in middle school this year and making new friends.
Evan Montgomery│ 6th Grade │ Guilford County
Given the choice to pick one item to wear the rest of his life, hands down Evan would pick a hat. His friends influence and inspire his style, and he loves shopping at Triad Goodwill because there are always new clothes for him to find.
For his first year of middle school, he’s looking forward to seeing his friends, experiments in science class, and masterminding his plan to become a comic book artist.
Heidi Robinson│ 8th Grade │ Guilford County
Inspired by the 70s, 80s and 90s, social media and her mother, Heidi has a unique style that is completely her own. She loves to pair vintage and modern accents, and wear items different from everyone else. Given the choice of one accessory for the rest of her life, she’d choose a belt because it makes an outfit come together, and is a practical choice.
She’s still on the fence about what she wants to be when she grows up, but the top contenders are a chef, a fashion designer or an artist.
Nadia Perdue│ 8th Grade │ Rockingham County
Shopping at Triad Goodwill is Nadia’s source of inspiration for self-described “country chic” style! Her style icon in country singer Miranda Lambert, and she loves a good pair of boots. Given the choice, she would pick a pair of boots as her only accessory to wear for the rest of her life.
Nadia is looking forward to a full year of her favorite subject this year – Spanish!
Ayana Arrington │11th Grade │ Alamance County
Steering clear of mainstream trends and avoiding structure are ways that Ayana makes her style stand out from the crowd! Inspired by YouTube and social media, Ayana looks up to influencers like Koleen Diaz and Hanna Meloche when picking looks for the 11th grade. She loves finding extraordinary vintage pieces that are one-of-a-kind at her local Triad Goodwill.
This year, she’s looking forward to new relationships and friendships and facing any social obstacles her Junior year may throw at her.
Jahzara Thompson│ 9th Grade │ Alamance County
Inspired by famous YouTube star, Piper Rockelle, Jahzara has created a look she has dubbed, “freestyle.” Shopping at Triad Goodwill allows her to find name-brand clothing at low prices. Given the choice to pick one accessory to wear the rest of her life, the answer is simply, earrings.
Jahzara is looking forward to making new friends this Freshman year, and hopes to be a model once she graduates.
Jennifer Kpuih│ 12th Grade │ Guilford County
Simple and classic with a little bit of a tomboy touch are how Jennifer describes her Senior year style! Inspired by Thai model and singer Blackpink Lisa, Jennifer has created a style that is truly her own; “I’m my own style icon, because I love to wear what makes me feel myself, every day.” When she’s not scouring the racks at her local Triad Goodwill, Jennifer can be found doodling random art and planning her future in fashion.
Jennifer is looking forward to finishing her Senior year, and enjoying every moment of it!
Paris McQuaig│ 10th Grade │ Randolph County
If Paris could only pick one accessory for forever, she’d pick her phone – which is fitting since she gets her unique style from Instagram and YouTube influencers like Emma Chamberlain. Gleaning from her style inspirations, Paris has created a look that is completely her own.
This year, Paris is looking forward to one thing – her friends!
Ronald Robinson│ 12th Grade │ Guilford County
Who says opposite styles can’t work together? Not Ronald! When Ronald sees two totally different styles, he tries to combine them into one by pulling together ideas from both styles. This approach has helped him create a completely unique look! Ronald believes that even if your body is a certain “type,” you can still rock fresh outfits- not just what is expected. Shopping at Triad Goodwill helps him create these looks since he’s able to find clothes at Goodwill that he can’t find anywhere else.
Ronald is looking forward to playing football and working on his goal to become a scientist.
Sydney Rose Wray│ 11th Grade │ Guilford County
You’ll never spot Sydney without her signature letter necklace, or a splash of country rock star style! Sydney describes her look as “girly bohemian and country rocker” and Triad Goodwill is her favorite place to find pieces that she and her mother can upcycle into looks that are all her own. Inspired by fashion bloggers like Caitlin Covington and Sara Escudero mixed with country singers like Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood, Sydney creates looks you can’t find in traditional retail stores.
This year, Sydney is embarking on dual-enrollment for her Junior year and is looking forward to the challenge.
Trish Edwards│ 10th Grade │ Randolph County
After moving from New York to Randolph County, Trish has a unique style that’s a combination of city and country that is all her own. Her style inspiration is simple, if something sticks out to her and it’s cute, she’ll get it and incorporate the piece into an existing outfit or create a whole new one. Two things she could not live without in the fashion world are bracelets and anklets- they go with everything!
She’s looking forward to hanging out with her friends and new opportunities in her Sophomore year. She has big aspirations of being a doctor, a model or starting a non-profit once she graduates.
Zephi Smith │ 11th Grade │ Guilford County
Comfort is key for Zephi when it comes to style, in fact it’s one of her inspirations when creating a fresh, new look. She loves putting together two different styles, and getting them to match in a fun unique way. She also looks to music and dance for inspiration, and artists like Stephanie Quayle. She loves thrifting at Triad Goodwill because she can take other people’s clothes and make them her own!
For her Junior year, Zephi is looking forward to her Public Safety class and hopes to be a firefighter when she graduates.