Anna Grace Scholten - Georgia Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nomination and Photography by Amber Bounds Photography Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Anna Grace Scholten is a varsity tennis player, varsity cheerleader, currently top 5 in her class and a natural leader! She can be found volunteering in the community or working on missions. She spent much of this summer on a church mission trip giving her time to help those less fortunate. Anna Grace is the epitome of a teen that inspires others and I am more than proud to nominate her!
What is your favorite activity or pastime? My favorite pastime or activity is tennis. I started in the 5th grade taking private lessons and then began to play USTA tournaments and then school tennis. This is truly where I learned the most about hard work and determination. I began to realize early on you are only going to get out, what you put in. It has been through many long, hot, and cold practices, camps, and tournaments that have brought me to where I am now. As an 8th grader, I played #1 singles for the high school JV team. As a freshman and sophomore, I played #2 singles for the varsity team. Last year I played #1 singles. For the past three years, we have been region champs and have gone further in state playoffs than in years past. I love being part of a team and supporting each other. Last season, I was nominated by In the Game magazine as one of two outstanding girl tennis players in southeast Ga. I am excited about my upcoming senior season.
How does your work ethic help you stay positive through hard times? I am a very driven person. When I put my mind to something, I am determined to achieve whatever that may be. I believe that if you are going to do something you should put in 110%. My work ethic is something I am very proud of because not everyone is driven. Not everyone wants to put in the work even when it's hard, whether that is school, cheer, or tennis. As a student, I have always taken my academics very seriously. I am currently ranked 5th out of 401 within our student body. It's not about the number, but it is about doing my best. One of my favorites quotes is “Stay Positive, Work hard, Make it happen.” I stay positive through the tough times by trusting that God has a perfect plan, and everything always happens for a reason.
How did you get involved with cheerleading? How long have you been a cheerleader for? As a child, I took years of dance and gymnastics. So, I knew that when I was of age, I wanted to try out for my school’s cheerleading squad. I have cheered for the past six years. This year I am a senior, and I am unfortunate it is my last year. I love being on the sidelines, cheering and dancing for our Coffee High Trojans.
What was it like becoming an All-American cheerleader? One of the highlights of my high school cheerleading career was making the All-American cheerleading team my Junior year of 2018. It is not an easy process. To try out for all-American, you have to be first nominated and then go through a tryout, where you do a cheer and jumps by yourself in front of the whole camp. The process can be very intimidating. I did not make the team my freshman or sophomore years, but I didn’t get discouraged or give up on a goal I had set. I came back my junior year and made the All- American NCA team.
What is it like being a part of the FCA leadership team for 4 years? Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a great club that I am so proud to be affiliated with. I begin in the club while in middle school. It was there I was asked to be on the leadership team. We meet every week and have a student-led devotion and pray for our school, students, and teachers. Having a Christian club on school campuses is such a blessing. We have been able to give out over 1,000 bibles to students. We also have raised money for missions work in third world countries. Tell us about your church mission trip this summer. What was your favorite part of the trip? Why? In the past two summers, I participated in a local community camp, known as Camp One-fifty-one. During this camp, we go and repair the homes of the less fortunate in my hometown of Douglas, Ga. The camp is split into groups of about 9 or 10 people. Each group is assigned a house to repair for the week. During the week, we get to know our homeowners by bringing them food, talking, and sharing the gospel with them. This past summer, my site group worked on a single-wide trailer. We repaired the roof, replaced the floor, installed five new windows, new cabinets and a door. This camp has become very dear to my heart. I love meeting new people and serving God together. Yes, I do have over 175 community service hours, but it is so much more than just that. It is about the gift of serving others.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? I plan to go off to college in the fall of 2020 and pursue a degree in biology or chemistry. So, hopefully, I will be in a pharmacy program soon. I am so excited about meeting new people and pursuing my dreams.
What are three things on your bucket list? I want to attend a grand slam tennis tournament, travel Europe, and meet Thomas Rhett.
Is there anything else you would like to say? Something else I would like to say is even though this interview seems like everything has been good with some hard work along the way, it has not been easy. I have had many setbacks and frustrations along the way. Many times, I have felt like things were going against me. However, I do think that it is in those times of heartache you grow as a person in your character and strength. I would encourage anyone to never give up on something you put your mind to. All things are possible!
Anna Grace will be featured in Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!