Bekah is one of Nicole DeWard’s daughters, and is 19 years old. She loves to work as a BaRISEta, and especially likes greeting the customers. Bekah also likes to go next door to work out at SHINE. She enjoys both hot and frozen hot chocolate! Bekah dances, sings, draws, colors, and loves Disney movies, (her favorite of all times is The Little Mermaid). She has never met a stranger.
Jacob is one of Nicole’s sons, is 17 years old, and attends Pope High School. He loves to spin the sign outside to attract business for the coffee shop. Jacob doesn’t drink coffee, and he really doesn’t care for the smell. Being on the computer, jumping on the trampoline, and swinging are Jacob’s favorite pastimes. He also loves to play Super Smash Brothers Ultimate on Nintendo. One of the coolest things that has happened to him was being interviewed on the local news regarding his working at RISE. Jacob's favorite drink is Root Beer and Ice age: Collision Course is his favorite movie. Jacob enjoys listening to the song, “Good Time” by Owl City.
Meridith is 19 years old. She was interested in working at RISE because she has had a lot of experience with coffee, since she enjoys drinking it with her mom after workouts. Meridith likes mixing different coffees to improve recipes, so RISE is a perfect fit for her. She would like to move to California someday because there are many celebrities to see and companies like Gucci for shopping. She loves playing video games with her four bothers and would like to be a gaming YouTuber. Singing, music, Marvel movies, and Anime are some of Meridith’s many interests.
Rachel attended Lassiter High School, and is 27 years old. She yearns to become an expert smoothie maker, since her favorite drink is the peanut butter banana smoothie! Coffee is ok for her, but not her favorite. Rachel is meticulous to detail, and enjoys doing things that need to be done to prepare for the opening of the coffee shop each day she works. Her favorite song is “Fireworks” by Katy Perry and favorite movie is the 2020 Disney Channel movie “Zombies 2.”
Collin is 20 years old, and is a fan of many of the drinks here. Since they are all so good, it’s hard for him to pick a favorite. However, hot chocolate is near the top of the list. Collin also loves coffee and cars, as long as they are cool ones!! Sweeping is a favorite chore of his at RISE. Collin’s favorite movie is 101 Dalmatians and top song of all time is “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the movie Trolls.
Jeremy is 25 years old and went to River Ridge High School and Kings Academy. He has a high school diploma. He is friendly, a good worker, and he knows how to dance. Jeremy was told that RISE was a great place. He found it to be a safe haven for people who have special needs, and a place where he can shine and help other people do the same. Jeremy and his big brother Jason have a big dream to own and run a video game company. They want to call it “Thunder Moon Studios.” He’s also really good at making stop-motion animations. He and his brother have a YouTube channel named the Jeremy/Jason Page which has stop-motion and rap videos. Jeremy drinks a lot of coffee in the morning, but he never drinks it at night. In addition to his other hobbies, he plays video games, and he works out at his local fitness center. He has been a Nintendo fanboy since he was a small child. Jeremy really enjoys lemonade, and he drinks a lot of chocolate muscle milk. His favorite movie of all time is The Mask starring Jim Carrey. Jeremy’s family owns the 2020 movie called Sonic the Hedgehog, which also features Jim Carrey.
Darby graduated from Alan C. Pope High School, and is 21 years old. Her favorite place is RISE, and that’s pretty awesome to have the opportunity to work at her favorite place. She wants to go to the beach in Florida. Darby doesn’t drink coffee but she drinks hot chocolate at long as it has whipped cream and also enjoys getting smoothies with peanut butter in them. She plays soccer as a hobby outside of working at RISE. Her favorite movie is Inside Out, and she also enjoys Spy Kids. Darby’s favorite song is “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
Brayton is 23 years old and went to Cherokee High School. Aaron, his aid, works with him to have the best work experience! Brayton was interested in working as a BaRISEta because his mom told him that RISE was a really good place to work. He wants to go camping because he likes to camp every summer break. He goes to Camp Glisson, and he likes to be outside and to swim. Brayton likes to drink coffee because he thinks that it tastes good, but he does prefer decaf. He also likes to drink Boulder Blue Tea, Fanta, and the green Coke flavor from the World of Coke in Atlanta, GA. He enjoys hanging out with his friend, Justin. They oftentimes go hiking or work out. He is also very involved with his church. Brayton likes talking to his supervisor, and he also really enjoys his 10 minute breaks. Don’t we all? He likes to sweep, vacuum, and spin the RISE sign outside. Brayton is working to get a new lamp for his room. His favorite movie is The Incredibles, and he also loves Monsters, Inc. His favorite album rather than favorite song is an album called “Kosmos” by William Mathews. It’s classified as Christian/Gospel music.
Carolyn is 23 years old. When she attended high school she was active in plays and dramas. She enjoys working at RISE because she can spend time with her friends, both old and new, and she believes RISE is a good organization for her to work. She always has a smile for anyone she meets. Carolyn aspires to become a teacher, write songs or books; especially history books.
Brian is 24 years old. He went to Lassiter High School and enjoyed studying about planets. Brian is a very active guy-he likes to play video games, (Pokemon being his favorite), go for walks, watch tv, (Riverdale is at the top of his list) and hang out with his family. Brian enjoys many things at RISE; the people he works with, the customers, greeting, and handing out orders. His favorite drink is the vanilla latte, and his mom makes a special coffee every day for him for breakfast. He aspires to be a video game designer. Brian has a special dog named Bear, a shi-poo, who loves to beg for food.
Jessica is 23 years old. She loves shopping, singing, and dancing. Her favorite dance is Jazz. Jessica loves enjoys working at RISE because she loves meeting new people and experiencing new skills. Her favorite drink at the coffee shop is hot chocolate, but not without it being topped off with whipped cream! Carrie Underwood’s song, All-American Girl is Jessica’s go to song and her most watched movie is The Titanic. Her dream job is becoming a preschool teacher. She is very intetested in teaching kids how to dance and sing for high school plays.
Mary Claire graduated from Pope High School and is 24 years old. She enjoys walking in her neighborhood, but when it is rainy she loves coloring and word searches. Mary Claire’s two favorite movies are Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. She enjoys listening to Natalie Cole, Nat King Cole’s daughter. Her favorite part of working at RISE is drinking coffee, but she is careful not to drink too much since she is watching her caffeine. She loves to serve coffee and put a smile on people’s faces. Her dream is to open up her own coffee shop someday AND sell books. She loves Audible books and is a history buff!
Samuel is 20 and he went to Pope High School. He loves the peanut butter brownie and is not a fan of coffee. Samuel loves cleaning the tables, so they will be spotless. In his spare time he plays clarinet and basketball. Samuel favorite movie is Home Alone, but his favorite movie changes often. He also loves watching all the basketball movies! Here I am to Worship is a favorite song he loves to play on his clarinet by memory. This is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham is his ultimate favorite song from the movie Breakthrough. Samuel also has a younger brother who is now in college.
Sean went to Pope High School and is 23 years old. He likes frozen hot chocolate the best of all!! He enjoys working at RISE because he loves meeting new friends and helping out. Sean favorite past time is watching tv, especially American Idol! His favorite type of music is Pop. If he could do anything in the world, it would be working with Robotics!