Interview with Zoe D'Angelo | Submitted by Allie Nield Nomination and Photography by Jen Dixon Photography Idaho
The Nomination: Allie Nield is an exceptional student, dances for a pre-professional dance company and is the cheer captain on the varsity cheer team. Allie will graduate high school well on her way to having her associate degree in nursing. Allie is doing her senior project to earn money to purchase the mascot for her cheer team by organizing a basketball game with students, administrators and the community, which is no small feat. (This is a brand-new high school so there is lots to do to complete the cheer program). Allie and her team mates show support to other teams in the community versus "noses up at the competition". They make visiting teams feel welcomed and even congratulate other players if we are not the winners. Allie is always positive towards and supportive of all those around her, trying her hardest to leave no one left out.
How did you become interested in dance? When I was two, I started dance, so I fell in love with it at a young age. I danced everywhere from home to stores. As I got older, I realized I could express myself through dance.
What do you like most about being a cheerleader? The Energy, being able to hype up the crowd and supporting the players are some of my favorite things. As cheer captain I’m the team leader and the example for the team. Team unity is very important, so nobody feels left out. Everyone enjoys our time together and experiences to make it a successful cheer squad.
We heard your school is BRAND NEW! What are some ways you are helping your school and cheer team? For my senior project I am putting on a basketball game between students, faculty, and a community team. I am also putting together a mini cheer clinic for half time performance to raise the money to purchase the school 1st mascot costume.
Why do you want to be a nurse? I love helping and caring for people. I’m a very compassionate person and want everyone to feel loved, wanted, and healthy.
Other than becoming a nurse, what are your plans? I will have my CNA when I graduate and then continue onto my nursing degree, after that I would like to continue with my schooling and working with newborns in the NICU.