Leesville Road High is home to all types of student: studious, carefree and even thug. However, a new breed of student is quickly gaining prominence. Konvicts, inspired in part by Akon’s 2006 album Konvicted, are subject to many stereotypes and misconceptions that cloud the true meaning of what it means to be a Konvict.
Robert “Brad” Letts, senior, when asked to define Konvict, found it hard to explain. “It’s a state of mind,” he remarked.
Because of its recent introduction into the colloquial vocabulary of Leesville, the definition of Konvict is still evolving today and carries many different connotations.
The etymology of Konvict has roots in the word “convict,” but its evolution has left much disparity between the two words. Merriam Webster defines a convict as “a person serving a usually long prison sentence.” However, the state of being a Konvict does not require an individual to engage in criminal activity. Instead, the Konvict adopts the attitude and mindset of a criminal without blemishing their legal record while maintaining a certain amount of respect for authority.
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Nick Alfisi, senior and self-proclaimed Konvict, is a victim of stereotyping everyday because of his Konvict status. “Some people just don’t understand, so I let them walk in my shoes for a day. After this experience, most say that I’m like the modern day Tupac [Shakur].”
Alfisi’s connection of Konvicts and the musical world brings forth an important aspect of the stereotype. A Konvict’s musical taste is decidedly diverse and eclectic, but the majority of their library typically includes a heavy dose of either Waka Flocka Flame or J. Cole. This identification with the hip-hop world plays a major role in the attitude that Konvicts construct for themselves.
Although female Konvicts are a rare specimen, the undeniable magnetism that women feel toward male Konvicts is remarkable. An anonymous female senior and Konvict groupie commented, “I like the idea that [they] could beat me to a pulp if they wanted, but they don’t. I know that underneath their tough, polished exterior is a heart of gold.”