Alexis Thomason - Illinois Nomination & Photography by Whitney Atwood Photography Issue 48 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Alexis is such a sweet girl who is very easy going. One thing that stands out about this girl is her love for volleyball and how she gives back by coaching younger girls, even though she is not able to play her senior season due to health issues. She is an inspiration for these young girls. She is a confidant young lady who will go far in life and I can’t wait to watch her!
What would you most like to be interviewed about? I would love to be interviewed about my future plans. Also about my experience at ALA IGS, or American Legion Auxillary Illini Girls State. It inspired me to be confident in my upcoming adult life.
What are your future plans? After graduating from Fairfield Community High School this school year, I plan on going to college to get on the path of becoming an attorney.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I am very interested in law, activism, and making a change also inspiring my fellow peers to do the same. I plan on going to college to study political science and get on the pre-law track. My goal is to make changes for the better and I don't plan on settling until that goal is reached.
What is a long-term change you would love to make and how do you plan to get people on board for your idea? I would like to see within the next few years the state of Illinois, and eventually, the whole United States education system make cultural studies/women’s studies class a requirement for graduation. In order for the world to keep growing, we need to stay educated and continue to evolve with the changing times.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? As a young woman growing up in a small town, my opinions and ideas have often been ignored. Young girls are often not respected in today's society due to the internalized misogyny that has been pushed on us since we were born. From the time they are able to understand girls are taught to look pretty and be respectful. My goal is for young women to be taught that they are powerful and have the right to their own ideas; they should also be reminded their voices are always heard.
What was your senior portrait session with Whitney Atwood Photography like? Living in Southern Illinois there aren’t many places to take pictures, but Whitney has such a great eye for photography. Our last shoot was taken in a cow pasture, but it was beautiful. She is super fun and understanding, and always makes sure you are comfortable, which is one of the reasons I love working with Whitney.
What did you love most about it and why would you recommend her to others? Whitney is open to anything. She tries her hardest to incorporate important aspects of your life into her photography.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? In 5 years I plan on being in law school; working towards bettering the world for women and minorities.
What is the hardest thing you have ever accomplished, and how did you do it? One of the most difficult things to accomplish was keeping my grades up last year during the COVID-19 pandemic. I succeeded by pushing myself to stay motivated and focused on my school work, coming out of the year with all A’s.
Look for Alexis in issue 48 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!