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@School: Malik Stevens


Feb. 29, 2008 — Malik Stevens, 17, and an 11th grader at Gifft Hill School on St. John hasn't made up his mind what he wants to study when he goes off to college, but he's planning to make a success of his life.
And he's definitely planning to go off island for college.
"I want bigger things," he said.
He said he has "tons" of information from various colleges, but he has yet to figure out just which one has the most appeal.
Stevens said he thought about a math-oriented career, but after taking pre-calculus classes, he won't be heading in that direction.
"Science was always easy, but I don't see myself working the rest of my life in science," he said.
He said he likes working with kids, so that may be an option.
Meanwhile, he's busy serving on the St. John Youth Commission, a group formed at the request of Gov. John deJongh Jr. to apprise him of conditions at St. John's youth facilities.
He said he got his feet wet with this type of endeavor as a member of another group that "wasn't going anywhere," so when the opportunity to join the Youth Commission came along, he was ready.
Stevens said he feels like the Youth Commission has sufficient adult involvement and direction to make something happen.
When he's not making public appearances with his fellow Youth Commission members to show the video they helped make about the conditions faced by island youths, he's busy working at Pine Peace Mini-Mart and as a junior writer for St. John's weekly newspaper, Tradewinds. And he's doing homework.
"I always have a lot of homework, so it occupies most of my time," he said.
When he's not studying, Stevens said he likes to play basketball and talk on the phone.
He admitted to having a "sort of" girlfriend, but said he was a loner who liked to go off by himself a lot of the time.
The son of Deverell Alfred and Myron Stevens, he comes from a big family. Oldest brother Maurice Stevens is off in Chicago, but Myron Stevens Jr., Marcus Stevens, Delrise Stevens, Davon Alfred, and K'Janne Alfred still live at home. Another brother, Javon Alfred, was killed in 2004 when he was run over by a truck while he was walking home from school.
Born on St. Thomas because St. John doesn't have a hospital, Stevens attended Julius E. Sprauve School through ninth grade before switching to Gifft Hill School.
Stevens' mother called her son a good boy who stays out of trouble and does well in school.
However, Stevens said he wasn't always that way.
"In elementary school, I used to be rude to teachers but I got too old for it," he said.
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