Amarina Simoni – Pennsylvania Nomination & Photography by Photography by Alessa Issue 61 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Amarina has been dancing for 14 years. She is captain of the volleyball team, student council president and part of The Beaver County Youth Ambassador Program. She’s also active in her church, serving as a lector and altar server. She has taken a stance on many forms of social injustice by participating in 30 Hour famines to raise awareness to world hunger and walking in the March for Life. Amarina is a high honors student currently attending CCBC Health Academy to help her prepare for her future academic plans. She plans to attend college to major in athletic training.
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How old were you when you started dancing and what do you love most about it? I have been dancing at Paula Scriva Dance Studio since I was three years old. I love that dance allows me to be expressive and have fun at the same time.
What types of dances do you study and which is your favorite? Why? I study Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Pointe. Lyrical is definitely my favorite, it's all about control and precision while also telling a story.
What has been a favorite accomplishment in dance? My favorite accomplishment in my dance career was when I won first place overall in my division at a competition.
What is your dance team like and where do you fit in? Where do you stand out?
My dance team is like my family. We've been in the studio three days a week with each other for as long as I can remember. I stand out being one of the very few girls that actually like doing barre during ballet class.
Tell us about your volleyball career. When did you get started and where are you at with it now? I have been playing volleyball since seventh grade. I am now a two year letterman and this year's team captain. I have also been named to the 2022 WPIAL Class 1A Section 1 All-Stars list.
What is a favorite memory with your volleyball team? My favorite memories with my volleyball team are summer conditioning sessions and camps at the start of the season.
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What does being student council president entail on your end? Being student council president means I am in charge of communicating students ideas with our teachers, keeping members, as well as non-members, involved in school wide activities and just being an overall leader to my classmates.
What made you choose athletic training as a career? I have always been athletic and an overall lover of sports. I knew some majors I definitely didn’t want to pursue, but athletic training seemingly checked all the boxes. If it was possible to stay connected with the sport of dance, I was all for it. Hence, I chose to make a future career in the field of athletic training.
How did you find and why did you choose Photography by Alessa for your photographer? A friend of mine used Alessa for her dance photos, I absolutely loved them! I knew right then and there I wanted her to take my senior pictures as well.
What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? My experience was amazing! Alessa is so fun and talented, and she makes you feel so confident. I loved how excited she was after each photo she took, it was almost like I was famous!
What are you most looking forward to in your senior year? Since it was canceled last year, I am most looking forward to going on a field trip with my fellow peers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
If you had nothing to do and all day to do it - where would we find you? You would find me in my kayak on the river, all day!
Look for Amarina in issue 61 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!