Adriana Lane - Michigan Nomination & Photography by Amanda Rider Photography Issue 56 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Adriana always works hard for the things she wants and believes in. In school, she pushes herself with AP & honors classes, while maintaining a high GPA. Outside of school, she's a Varsity athlete and the starting Libero at Belleville High since freshman year. She is the starting Libero for the 17-1s team at Team Detroit Volleyball Club. Adriana not only wants the best for herself, but everyone around her. She pushes her friends, family, teammates, and strangers to do so. Adriana's active in NHS and would offer anyone the shirt off of her own back, she is selfless and kind.
Photography by Amanda Rider Photography
What would you most like to be interviewed about? I would love to be interviewed about anything sport related. I've learnt so much as I've grown up playing sports, and they've shaped me into who I am. Sports have provided me with many life lessons. I also feel like relationships in life, no matter what kind, are so important to who you become. Every person you meet impacts you, whether they stay in your life or not. I feel like that's something important, and not many people realize it. I always try to be the best I can, so that if I impact someone, it's for the better.
Tell us about your volleyball career. How and when did you get started and what do you love most about it? I started playing volleyball when I was 8 years old. I started by doing clinics and loved it, and then eventually started playing for teams. My favorite thing about playing is the relationships and life lessons you gain.
What is a favorite memory with your volleyball team? A favorite memory I have from one of my past seasons was winning districts for Belleville Highschool. It was the first time that’s been done in a long time for the volleyball program, so it was cool to be a part of and know I helped get us there.
What is a big accomplishment for you within the sport? A big accomplishment for me within the sport has been being able to play at a varsity level since my freshman year of high school. Each year since then I have also been lucky enough to be able to be the starting libero and earn All Conference, which is a pretty big deal to me. It makes me feel like the work I’ve put in has really started to pay off.
What have you learned growing up playing sports? I’ve learnt a lot. The biggest thing though has been that having a team behind you makes the biggest difference. Without the teammates and coaches I’ve had, I would have nothing. Volleyball is a sport where you have to rely on each person apart of the team doing their job. T
What leadership opportunities have you had within sports? Some of the leadership opportunities I’ve had have been being captain and co-captain for different teams I’ve been a part of. I’m also a libero, so in general with being that position you’re often the most vocal on the court. Whether you’re the actual team captain or not, you have to constantly be talking to the back-row and even the front row throughout the entire game. You typically help to lead the team energy and communication wise, which are two major factors in volleyball.
What have you learned about yourself in tough times while playing? Volleyball is very hard on you mentally as it’s a game of mistakes. This means you have to be strong mentally in order to be as successful as you’d like, so I’ve learnt a lot about myself from playing. I know that I can handle tough situations and won’t shut down due to them. Every game/practice new challenges are thrown at me, and I now know that I am fully capable of working through and handling them.
How did you find and why did you choose Amanda Rider for your photographer? What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? My mom actually saw a post Amanda had made on Facebook about needing senior reps for the 2023 class during the same time we had been looking at different options for my senior pictures. She ended up responding to the post and next thing you know, we were headed to go take those rep-pics. Amanda was amazing! She’s super relaxed and helps to make you feel comfortable while taking the pictures. I loved the entire experience and was so happy once seeing the pictures once they were ready.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? An inspiring thing about me that my nomination doesn’t cover, is that I used to do Choi Kwang Do and earned my first-degree black belt. It took about four years for me to achieve. I am also close to obtaining my second degree black belt, but due travel with volleyball and my workload at school, I decided to take a step back for the time being.
What is Choi Kwang Do/How does it differ from other martial arts? Choi Kwang Do focused a lot more on respect, control, and self-defense. You’re never actually contacting your peers when practicing so there’s little to no injury involved, unlike a lot of other martial arts. There was still a lot of competition involved within it, but the focus was on discipline. Respect was always expected, and you’re taught from the start that disrespect to anyone, especially your masters is not okay.
What did Choi Kwang Do teach you? Choi Kwang Do has taught me a lot, including the importance of hard-work, focus, respect, and discipline. It pushed me to do my best and become the determined person I am now.
What are you looking forward to most this summer? Personally, I’m looking forward to spending time with friends and family. This is the first summer where things are normal or almost back to normal after Covid. It’s going to be nice to be able to do the things that have been missed out on since the virus came out.
What is a favorite memory with your family that you hope you never forget? A favorite memory with my family has been being able to go to Fort Walton Beach, Florida basically every year for Spring break. It’s almost like a second home there and every time we go, we make great memories. I hope I never forget going there with them and just being able to enjoy being with each other.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I would want to present to my peers about the importance of going into a field to help others. I grew up with my mom being a nurse, so I know that I would like to pursue medicine and make a difference every day in someone’s life. I know it means you commit to long hours, tons of school, and a lot of difficult moments, but helping others is always worth it to me. The difficulty of medicine and long hours doesn’t make me want to change my mind. I know for certain I want to help people just like my mom does every single day.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? The advice I’d give someone who wants to be where I am today is to put in the work for the things you want. Without working hard, I would be nowhere near where I am currently.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? In five years I see myself probably still being in school. The medical field is the goal for me, so hopefully I’ll be in a good spot and working towards whichever profession within that I decide on.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that was not in your nomination? My favorite activity/pastime that wasn’t in my nomination is that I actually really enjoy art. Painting, drawing, doodling, etc. are all things that I enjoy doing whenever bored or I have free time.
3 Things on your bucket list Three things on my bucket list are skydiving, taking a trip to Paris, and experiencing the Northern Lights.
Who do you find inspiring? I find my parents inspiring. Without them I don’t know what I’d do, and I want to be able to give my own kids the same support.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I think I’m inspiring because I always try for the things I want. I work really hard and I hope that if people were inspired by anything, that it would be that.
Look for Adriana in issue 56 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!