Collegiate student interviews Marine Veteran on WHRO

Service is a key component to the Armed Forces. Veteran Sharaya Martin has taken this standard and applied it to her everyday life as a community volunteer and victims advocate for women and children of domestic violence.

Norfolk Collegiate senior and girls’ basketball player, Shahrazad “Shahra” Madison had the opportunity to interview Martin on a WHRO series titled Veterans Coming Home.

“I have a soft spot for veterans. My father served in the Navy, so when I was presented with the opportunity to interview Sharaya and contribute to the WHRO series, I jumped on it,” said Shahra ’16.

Shahra‘s mother, Vickie Madison, is the founder and executive director of Excellence Girls’ Club Inc., where Martin serves as a sponsor for the River Crest Community Center location in Chesapeake. The organization seeks to empower young girls through leadership activities, activism and personal development. Its mission is to nurture girls to become well-rounded women.

“Sharaya came to our organization as a practicum student of Old Dominion University. Her passion for our line of work was tremendous which is why she continued on as a sponsor after the completion of her required school hours,” said Madison. “WHRO wanted to know about her community service and to watch Sharaya speak during a session on healthy relationships. Some of the girls had an opportunity to talk about how the session influenced their life; Shahra was one of them.”

Shahra hopes to pursue a career in broadcast journalism and WHRO’s series has given her a positive outlook on her future career goals.

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