If you ever come across 13-year-old Hassani Scott, you might not want to get into a political debate with her because she might make you feel like the 13 year old.
The 8th grader from Cross Roads Middle School in Baldwin Hills is defiantly ahead of her time, and her hard work is going to pay off with a trip to Washington D.C. with a youth leadership group to go to Barack Obama's Presidential inauguration.
Scott has a great understanding of how historic this event is.
"I may sound too young to say this, but I never thought I'd see a Black President in my lifetime," Scott said. "This is the first election that I really got into. Obama is not only the first Black President, but he is also somebody that I can look up to, the first lady as well."
Scott does not only support Obama because he is Black, but because he won her over.
"Being a Democrat I basically agreed with the things that Obama said," Scott said. "At first I did support Hillary Clinton, but then she got a little rude. I know that when you are running for President you're not going to be the prettiest thing ever. So after the primaries I switched over to Obama."
Scott has been in student government since the third grade, and she sees the importance of being in a role of leadership.
"I feel that I can speak for other people," Scott said. "I can represent them in a good way. I think that being a lawyer would be great, even though that's not something that I'm looking at right now."
Scott has been on other trips as well. She has attended a youth conference in San Jose and in Washington D.C.
"I like going to the conferences to meet new people from different areas in our country," Scott said. "Their lifestyles are different from mine. I just learn a lot. I learn from what their opinion is about being a leader, and how they want to help their area. I see their ideas and I incorporate them into my own."
Currently Scott is part of a HIV/AIDS awareness group at her school. The group attended a recent AIDS walk and goes to different schools raising awareness about the disease.
Cross Roads curriculum keeps Scott very busy, but she puts her own limits on her free time. Most of her time is spent studying, and she only gives herself two nights a week to watch television.
Scott's interests lie in many places, and it appears that she will have numerous options when she grows up. She is looking to attend USC, UC Berkley, or Stanford. She wants to be an entrepreneur when she finishes college, but she is not sure what type of business that she was to start.
Acting takes up some of her time. She has performed in school productions, and been in nationally televised commercials. But she may not want to pursue a career in acting because she does not to be a 30-year-old still living off of auditions.
What ever the future has in store for Scott, she is going to be a major asset to our community.