Allison Plantz – Ohio Nomination by Denise Plantz Photography by Paula Yates Photography Issue 61 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Allison Plantz is an inspiration to so many people just by simply leading by example. She humbly demonstrates how one can balance both community and personal responsibilities. While maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout her entire high school career and lettering in multiple Varsity sports, Allison always seems to find time to "give back" to her family, friends and community. She has donated countless hours of her time to local organizations that help feed the hungry and less fortunate, ministers to local foster kids, and volunteers to help children in various sports and other school related activities within her local school district. Allison also loves to share her passion of music, art and cooking with others. Her willingness to bring joy and happiness to others is not only contagious but inspiring!
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? One thing that I believe makes me who I am is Royal Family Kids Camp. For the last two summers, I have volunteered at a week-long summer camp for foster kids. Despite my reluctancy, it became one of the best experiences of my life. Getting the opportunity to make those children feel loved is such a humbling privilege. It is one of the most draining weeks you can experience, but easily the most rewarding. While I can only hope I made a positive impact on those kids, I know they made an impact on me.
What would you most like to talk about One thing most people know me for is my artistic ability. I have always been artistically inclined, but it’s always music I go back to. My appreciation for music was instilled in me by my grandmother and late uncle. I have played piano since I was five, and have been a self-taught guitar player since I was 14. When I listen to a song, I hear each individual instrument and search for deeper meaning in every lyric. I have a deeper appreciation for music because I know the skill, emotion and bravery that it takes to create it.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is a church camp in a tiny mountain town in North Carolina. I began going in 2017, and have made 10 trips since. Snowbird is a place of Christ-like love and Spiritual growth. While the place itself isn’t magical, there is something powerful and unexplainable about the close relationships formed there. There are staff members who have been with me in the hardest times, and celebrated with me in the best times. A goal of mine is to mentor teens the way Snowbird did for me, and I hope to join their staff in the near future.
Look for Allison in issue 61 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!