Posts tagged Phantasia Chavers

Class of ’17: Battling Teenage Depression In High School


Phantasia Chavers, a ninth grader in Cedar Hill and one of KERA's Class of '17 students, recently took up the guitar. In school, she sometimes teased for being interested in things other kids aren't.

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Phantasia Chavers, a ninth grader in Cedar Hill and one of KERA’s Class of ’17 students, wants to learn how to play the guitar. In school, she’s sometimes teased for being interested in things other kids aren’t. She says she doesn’t want to do what everyone else thinks is popular.

 

One in ten adolescents suffers from depression by age 18. It’s something that one of the members of KERA’s Class of ’17 is wrestling with. We check back in with Cedar Hill ninth grader Phantasia Chavers.

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Class of 17: Halfway Through Ninth Grade


Earlier this year, we introduced you to a diverse group of students making the transition from middle school to ninth grade. The series, called Class of 17, is part of a nationwide public broadcasting initiative called American Graduate.

So far, we’ve met a student battling a life-threatening disease, one struggling with math and others who’ve had to move around. You’ll hear more from these students and meet new kids in the coming months through graduation — or whatever comes next.

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Meet The Class Of 17: Determined Not To Stay On The Sidelines


Meet Phantasia Chavers. She may only be 14, but she’s already experienced a lot of heartache. When she was 7, the man who raised her was killed in a car crash. Last year, a cousin her age was shot in the head and killed.

Phantasia’s one of the students we’re following all the way through high school in the Class of 17 series, part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative. She has big plans as she begins her freshmen year — if she can just overcome a few more hurdles.

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