Interview with Olivia Bush | Submitted by Rachel Gunder
Coming into the program, I didn't know what to expect. While getting involved with everything, I instantly fell in love with Inspiring Teens Magazine!
My advice to any new member is to be yourself. You can find amazing people through being who you truly are. Embrace and love yourself and don't be afraid to show off what you've got.
Accept any challenges you may face and never give up! You are beautiful and inspiring and deserve to be here!"
"My advice to any new person joining Inspiring Teens would be to challenge yourself. I found that I could do this best in the Leadership Program working with businesses in the area and sharing my ideas with the group. Voice your opinions, don't be afraid to get in front of the camera, and continue to inspire those around you."
"What I love about the program is wearing different outfits for different photo shoots, meeting new people and making friendships that could last a lifetime.
Advice for new girls: Be confident, be yourself, gain self esteem, believe in yourself, and always have a positive attitude no matter what."
1. How do you balance your time between school and sorority events?
In order to stay in a sorority, you have to maintain a 2.5 gpa, and you earn points for earning A’s and B’s and for going to the library to study. There is a scholarship chair in the sorority which is just in charge of making sure every ones grades are up to par. So it is pretty easy because we mostly know that we have to get are homework done and that our grades come first in order to actively participate.
2. How do you become more involved in your sorority?
Mostly just going to everything and being really involved. Even if you don’t know someone that well text or dm them asking if they want to go to lunch. Go to events and activities and actively participate.
3. How much time commitment is a sorority?
There are mandatory meetings once a week that are normally an hour, and then there are volunteer events, fun activities and socials. I would say around five hours a week.
Questions by Jillian Cardinal
Have you done any?
Yes we have done adopt a block which is when you go into town and clean up the streets, we have also done bake sales, and many diamond donates.
What were your favorite type of volunteer opportunity?
The 5k on Veterans Day and we raised 5 thousand dollars for David’s Drive 831 ,an organization helping homeless & hospitalized veteran’s.
Questions by Ellie Kuhnle
-on bid day we get all social medias and follow everyone . Before social media was big, we’d do cross over the line, where people cross over the line with statements they relate to. Each assignment is fulfilled with someone knew, so you get to know everyone!
What is your favorite activity to do with your sisters?
-a lot of sister hood events, Brittany is sister chair, she sets up event for everyone. Activities like Zumba, pumpkin picking, bowling, & various social events. Ice Cream at the house is common and annual, a movie night is in the planning process. Sisters go out to lunch together and act like “normal friends,” and during finals they all study at the library together.
Have you gained confidence from becoming a sister? If so, how?
-YES! “I’ve seen such a personality difference in myself...” (Brittany) “Almost impossible not to change” (Brittany) Carly plans special events, and Greek weekend (annual) “getting people to come to special events has given me confidence” (Carly) “You have to be outgoing, you have to ask for things” (Brittany) a little weird at first, similar to a job, weekly meetings, etc. positions can last from semesters long to years long.
By Jillian Cardinal
West Chester University is a college in West Chester, PA - which is a really cool town about an hour from our headquarters. We decided if we were going to drive that far, we should do a photo shoot and tour the campus a little.
We first went to some cool stationary trains on dead tracks (that could have something to do with the next issue.. spoiler alert - it's the Travel Issue!) and decided to start our photo shoot there.
We wrapped it up with our interview with a sorority group to learn about how they managed their classwork along with sorority commitments such as volunteering. We also talked about the process of getting in to a sorority group (pledging). *The full interview will be in a second blog coming shortly!
Ambassador program with us!
How to get into NJHS
By: Olivia Bush
Getting into the National Junior Honors Society is a great honor. It shows that you have the Leadership, citizenship, service, and character skills to represent your school. You are eligible to become an NJHS member in eighth grade, but what you need to know is that preparation does not just start at the beginning of eighth grade. It really starts at the beginning of middle school, but you just don’t know it. Your grades and attitude toward others from the beginning of your middle school career are considered. One thing that most middle schoolers don’t know is that it is not just based off grades. To get into NJHS you need to have volunteered, taken up leadership skills and maintained a 3.5 GPA. You also need to know what would make you a great NJHS member.
On your application, there will be a space for you to list your volunteer opportunities that you have done. You will also have to list the hours that you have volunteered there and you will need a signature from someone who oversaw your volunteering or a parent who drove you there. This place can be a nursing home, or even planting trees. Local public libraries also have some fun volunteer opportunities over the summer where you can shelve books, sign kids up for a summer reading program, and do fun arts and crafts! The library has something for everyone! If you are having trouble finding places to volunteer, my recommendation would be to talk to your Family Consumer Science teacher! Most likely they will have soup kitchen sign ups once a month or a Nova Thrift Shop sign up where you can volunteer. Participating in these events can help you fill up that section on your application form. Even if they don’t have these sign-ups through the school you can always ask your teachers if they know any good places in your area to volunteer.
Another section on your application will be a leadership section. Here, you will list all the leadership skills you have acquired. When filling out this part of the form, you will have to list out what activities you were a leader in. This can be anything from choir, Relay for Life, or sports! You will then have to list out the leadership position you had. This can be a lead singer in your choir, a soccer captain, or a Student Council homeroom representative. Then, list your accomplishments from being the leader in this specific activity. It could be having the top per person average in fundraising for your Relay team or it could just be winning a soccer game.
You also need to be involved in your school or around your community. This box on your application can simply be achieved by participating in extracurricular activities or summer camps. For example, you can play field hockey and soccer for your school while being involved in your church choir and having done 2 summer camps the previous summer. This will help you check one more box off your list, you just have to think ahead!
Moving on to grades, the minimum GPA you must have to get an application letter is a 3.5, so grades do matter. But as you have seen, this is not the only thing they look for out of a contributing NJHS member. Anything lower than a 3.5 GPA and you will not receive an application letter. To get a 3.5 GPA, you do need to put in effort and study hard, do your homework, and pay attention in class. If you don’t understand a topic you are learning, don’t be afraid to ask you teacher for help!
The last part of the application is the essay. You will have to write an essay on what makes you a good choice to become a member of the National Junior Honors Society. This essay must be typed and cannot be over five hundred words.
Once you have filled out all parts of the application that you can and have proofread your form, you are ready to turn it into your school. Remember getting into this organization might be a lot of hard work but it will only help you grow as a person and make many friends and memories!
Membership Perks - Photo Shoots for iTi STYLE: By Olivia Bush
We all started out at the Inspiring Teens studio in Warrington, PA. We came in wearing an outfit that went along with something that is special to us that we brought for props. For example, a football jersey and a football. Then we all moved on to an outdoor shopping center, where we wore trendy and fashionable outfits. The last location we were photographed at was a park. For this location, we all wore something summery. Some of us sat by the edge of the creek to take our photos, and some of us girls actually got in the creek!
The timing on this shoot was perfect, as it was the start of the new ITI STYLE Magazine. A place where teens can share their styles! Not your ordinary Fashion Magazine... because who cares about Fashion when you have Inspiring STYLE!
An interview with teen dancer Madison Dedieu
by Olivia Bush for the 2017 Winter Issue of Inspiring Teens Magazine
2) What styles do you currently dance? Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theater, & Tap. Contemporary or Musical Theater would be my favorite because they are both so fun to perform and to express yourself in.
3) What is your favorite dance you have performed? Last season, I performed a Musical Theater dance with six other girls called “I Can Cook Too” from On The Town which placed very high and was so much fun.
4) What is your favorite part about performing? Definitely being able to express myself through all my movements and just being there with these girls that are basically my family. The energy is such a crazy feeling.
5) Have you taken any master dance classes? Yes, I have taken a class at Abby Lee Dance Center in Los Angeles, Alex Wong from So You Think You Can Dance, JoJo Siwa, many dancers from Joffery Ballet School, Katy Perry’s back up dancer Khasan Brailsford, and Courtney Ortiz.
6) Which one is your favorite reality show & would you want to be on it? My favorite has to be World of Dance. I think it would be so much fun and such a cool experience dancing in front of so many people, so yes!
7) If you could dance with any dancer who would it be? I would have to say Eva Iago because she is so close to my age and is such a good dancer and is just someone that I aspire to preform like.
8) How far do you want to take dance? Right now, I want to go to college for dance and be a dance teacher.
Recently, I got the opportunity to photograph 5 teens as part of their programs for Inspiring Teens Magazine. We started at our studio in the Metropolitan Plaza Building with something that was important to them. Their items ranged from musical to sports!
"What I liked best about the photo shoot was that everyone was so nice and supportive, especially when everyone was getting their photos done."
"I liked how I could see some of my friends during the shoot, and I thought it was fun to get in the creek."
"My favorite part was being able to get photos taken in/with items that meant a lot to me and being able to make so many memories with amazing people. I think they are a good bonding experience for us outside of the programs. I personally have become a lot closer with girls because of them."
"I loved laying in the creek. Dirty, but fun!" (This was Ellie's 3rd time getting her teen portraits taken at and near our Warrington, PA studio!)
So that's a wrap on our day of Teen Portraits in Warrington, PA!
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On August 17th, 2017 five teen girls from Inspiring Teens Magazine took part in a fun Teen Portraits photoshoot in Warrington, PA. They all fundraised 500 dollars or more so this was their reward.
They all started out at the Inspiring Teens studio in the Metropolitan Plaza Building. They came wearing an outfit that went along with something that is special to them. For example, a soccer jersey and a soccer ball.
They then all moved on to Valley Square a local outdoor shopping center where they were wearing a trendy and fashionable.
The last location they shot at was Kemper Park. For this location, the girls were wearing something summery. Some sat by the edge of the creek to take their photos, and some girls actually got in the creek. All of the photos were taken by Leslie Conway from Conway Productions Inc.
To find out how to join Inspiring Teens Magazine you can go to their website www.inspiringteensmagazine.com
Submitted by our members as well as teens across the world.
Many were published in Inspiring Teens Magazine or iTi STYLE Magazine.
Central Bucks School District
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Central Bucks West
Connie Etter Photography
Council Rock North
Council Rock South
Cynthia Schoettker Photography
Destination Photo Shoot
Green Briar Photography
Krystal Kaye Images
Laura Beth Eikert Bailey
Laura Tusek Of Senior Edge Photography
Leader National Honor Society
Love Girls Magazine
March For Our Lives
Marci & Christy Photography
Maya Jai Pinson
Mean To Me
Nationa Honor Society
National Honor Society President
Pantone Color Of The Year
Philadelphia Teen Filmmaker
Pink Lily Photography
Pink Owl Photography
Portraits With Michelle
Radio Show Host
Sharie Thompson (STories Photography)
Sharon Holy Photography
Special Effects Makeup
Studio Bloom By Shelley
Susan Holloway Scott
Teen Photo Shoot
The Gray Senior
The Moxie Design
Thrift Store Finds
Tra'Varius Tra'Vonn "Tank" Todd
Type 1 Diabetes
University Of Pittsburgh
Upper Dublin High School
Voices Of Teens
West Chester University
Willow Grove Park Mall