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Deonta

Helvetia, West Virginia

“Here in Helvetia, you don't really have a lot of people to hang out with, but you get a lot of experience working and hunting, fishing – whatever you want to do really."

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"Here in Helvetia, where you're far from any town, like a big town, you don't really have a lot of people to hang out with or anything, but you get a lot of experience working and hunting, fishing, whatever you want to do really. It's too small for anybody to really live here. With the mountain – you can't really build a house on the side of a mountain, so you got to just compromise.

"There's people that live 30 minutes away from here that go to my school. I usually have to travel to see any good friends of mine. That's one of the things I don't like about here is that you don't really have that many friends or a social life."

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"I like to go hunting, setting up line and stuff like that, fishing, swimming, riding four-wheelers and ATVs, everything like that. Sometimes [I] walk through the woods just to find new things. And that's really all I do."

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"Here in the next two years, I planned on moving to Ohio with some of my family and I was going to go into the Air Force. Right now, that's my main objective. Most of my family, they're in the military, but my uncle, who, really, I've looked up to my whole life, he's in the Air Force and he's an aircraft mechanic. So I really learned a lot of stuff from him."