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By Patrick Lorenz act this. Jacl that. Jaci. Jacl. Jacl. NO, it's not Jan Brady whining. It's just the buzz on the street. We've been hearing a lot of talk-- talk about how great Jaci velasquez is. You know. Talk about how pretty and fun-loving she is, what a great stage presence she has, how she can Jaci Velasquez cook seven-course meals and leap tall buildings in a single bound. It's all true. She's of Spanish descent; she's a mighty fine senorita. YOUTH BEAT: What keeps you going in this stressful career? JACI VELASQUEZ: It's hard being away from my family. I love people, There aren't many people that ! would hang around with, but I love people. I love to be a part of people's lives, grounded. We I go on stage. YB: What about prayer? JV: On the road, my mother is there a lot, She really helps me stay spiritually have devotions before YB: What about relationships with guys? JV: I definitely think God will bring that person into my life without my looking for it. You know what I do? There's a guy I like. I think he's really sweet and cute, What I do is hang out with him--but with a group of friends, So even if you real- ly like him, you're never awkward. YB: What are attractive quali- ties in a guy for you? JV: It's a given he has to be a PU BY: Magazine Christian. I'm so outgoing; I like it when guys are not real outgoing, I like them actually kind of shy, YB: What do you see as things that teens are struggling with? JV: K ds are trying to figure out who they are; it's hard. They've got people around them telling them who they think they are. YB: Who should teens go to--to find out? JV: To the Lord. He's the main source. He made us who we are. ( OOOOOO@ @@@@@@@O Dear Youth Beat: There's this girl who rides my bus, and just about every Monday, she brags about how she went shopping over the weekend and shoplifted about $50-$80 worth of stuff. I want to approach her, because I shoplifted and got caught, and I know what kind of pain it causes. How can I approach her and let her know l've been there? --Someone who cares Dear Someone who cares: Your willingness to share your experience with this girl is a real gift to her. By doing so, you can let her know that she may get caught, but more importantly, you can also point out the seriousness of the consequences: hurting your famil yourself and God. Invite her to your house.or go out, sit her down and tell her, "I've been there, and thi$ is what it's like. Since I care about you, I don't want.the same to happen to you." Just knowing that someone has been there and understands may make all the difference. De ]m Ilow $1etlae abo melt WNte te "ni, 1tern ileet" at YOUI Magad ones a :lmes a (