My name is Joel Bernola and I am 17 years old. During my early life I lived in Maryland and soon moved to Washington, DC at the age of 8. It was somewhat difficult for me to adapt to living in DC, but I soon got the hang of it. I soon received an education at IDEAL Academy for my fourth and fifth grade years. Then I attended PAUL Public Charter School, where I realized my talents in visual arts and teaching. During this time, I was also practicing Tae Kwon Do, a martial art which originated in South Korea. I am now attending Duke Ellington School for the Arts, where I am majoring in Museum Studies with a minor in Literary Media and Communications and still practicing the martial arts.