My Life My Town: Go, Fight, Win

Dec 19, 2012

Alaysha Jefferson loves cheerleading at the Hallsville High School in Hallsville, Missouri. Living in a small town that has the population of 1,300 and without a car to drive around, Alaysha has a quiet life. She spends her time in classes, cheerleading practice, and doing homework at home.

Although she loves Hallsville, growing up as a racial minority is not always easy in this town that is 96% White and 1.5 % African American. Alaysha is learning how to deal with racial issues at the age of 15.

Producers Yi-Chin Lee and Emily Kaiser bring us Alaysha’s story, as part of KBIA and the Columbia Missourian’s My Life My Town project.

My Life, My Town: Go, Fight, Win from KBIA FM on Vimeo.

Stay tuned to KBIA to hear more stories like Alaysha’s in the coming weeks. You can also visit, where you can watch more than a dozen short documentaries on teenagers in rural areas.