Thomasville Times Enterprise

April 9, 2014

Young Cairo poet seeks to motivate others

Susanne Reynolds

THOMASVILLE — One Cairo High School senior’s business card reads, “If it can be done, then I can do it.”

Ka’Nisha Hicks is not the typical high school senior. She has a lot of accomplishments under her belt already and is continuing on her path of creativity and leadership in many different capacities.

The quote on her business cards sums up Hicks’ business for her community. It lists her services as writer, tutor, public speaker, motivator, event planner and basic computer assistance. Above all, Hicks defines herself as a writer and motivator.

“I like to motivate people through my writing,” she said.

The young poet started out in her writing career by penning stories in the fifth grade. She soon turned to poetry as a way to release her emotions.

Hicks said, “With poetry, it’s more instantaneous. I can say what I feel easily. It’s the way I release my emotions.”

In her recently self-published book of poetry, Mixed Emotions, Hicks focused on channeling the different emotions she was experiencing on different days.

“It’s like talking to someone and getting that emotion out. I vent through poetry,” said Hicks.

Not everyday was happy for Hicks. Some days, her poetry shows the pain she was feeling while being a victim of bullying. It motivated her to found one of the newest clubs at Cairo High School.

“ABS,” or Anti-Bullying Squad, was founded by Hicks last year. It focuses on individuals being bullied. The group does helpful things for people who feel underappreciated or bullied within the school.

As part of their outreach program, members of ABS sit with students who are alone during their lunch break. They invite the students to be in their group to be friends. Also, the group will give out goodie bags to random people and thank them. They want everyone to know they are appreciated.

“Not only are we letting people know they are appreciated, but it also helps make them feel better,” said Hicks.

On April 25, ABS is letting the school custodians know how much they are appreciated. For the entire day, ABS students will assist the custodians and then at lunch time, they will serve them.

Hicks said, “We see these hard workers everyday being taken for granted. We want to show them how much we appreciate their hard work.”

Each morning, the group gives the entire student body a motivational quote to begin the day. Hicks has received many compliments on this effort, which, in return, makes her feel good about what she is doing in her school.

She said, “I know how it feels to be bullied. I don’t want kids to have to go through that. This is about showing people there is hope — and that’s why we started the club.”

Hicks, originally of Americus, moved to Cairo when she was in the ninth grade. She is the daughter of Fredrick and Nyhema Hicks. After graduation, she plans to attend Columbus State University and major in education with an emphasis in literature and creative writing.

“I would love to be able to teach 12th graders because they are about to go out into the real world. I want them to know they aren’t limited,” said Hicks who is not limiting herself.

She wants to expand her publishing and writing, along with having a nationwide mentor program.

She said, “It’s important to not limit yourself. We only get one chance to do everything.”

On Tuesday, at 6 p.m., Hicks will be presenting her recently published collection of poetry at the “Local Authors Meet” at Roddenbery Memorial Library.

Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.