Beliefs Teen activist emerges as an atheist hero at Skepticon By Kellie Moore | November 13, 2012 ShareTweet EmailPrint More More on Beliefs Subscribe to Beliefs Jessica Ahlquist, a 17-year-old atheist, shares her story at Skepticon, a national skeptics convention held in Springfield, Mo. Ahlquist won a lawsuit against her high school in January after it refused to take down a Christian prayer poster. Although criticized in her hometown community, she is seen as a hero in the atheist community. RNS photo by Kellie Kotraba/Columbia Faith and Values Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (RNS) In her hometown of Cranston, R.I., Jessica Ahlquist earned quite a reputation: Witch. Nazi. Satanist. But in the atheist community, the 17-year-old is a celebrity. A hero. By Kellie Kotraba.