Celebrity returns to his roots with anti-bullying message for Parkside students

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Javonte Rose on April 19, 2022. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Manchester native Javonte Rose took time out from his career as a model, actor and activist in Hollywood to return home on Tuesday with a message for local students against bullying.

In a set of assemblies at Parkside Middle School, recorded onto Rose’s Instagram account, Rose told students the importance of how to deal with bullying through self-love, self-discipline and other techniques.

Rose, formerly known as Javonte Rosello, graduated from Manchester Memorial High School in 2011 and was brought back at the behest of one of his teachers, Ellen Dubois, and a group of students she is involved with through the Leader in Me program.

“We were talking about what we could do with the kids and I said, ‘oh, one of my former students is becoming sort of famous,’” said Dubois. “So, the wheels got spinning and me and Javonte talked every day about how to get it going. We’re really excited.”

Dubois remembers Rose as a sharp dresser and is proud of all he has accomplished, particular in light of overcoming homelessness as a child.

“He’s done so much, and he’s growing so fast. There’s no limit to what he can do,” she said.

Rose was pleased with the assemblies, which were built around elements from his “I’m Here!” anti-bullying advocacy organization, which he started in 2016.

“It’s a blessing to actually to be here and to come and to give back where I come from,” he said. “It’s definitely an amazing thing that happened.”


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Andrew Sylvia

Assistant EditorManchester Ink Link

Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.