Ashton Short - Kentucky Interview by Diamond Orin Nomination and Photography by Shannon Short Issue 38 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Ashton Short is an inspiring teen in so many ways. She has a kind heart and always wants to help others. She worked countless hours contacting her school’s athletic director, coaches and coordinated field times to start the very first girl’s lacrosse team in her school’s history. She also applied for and won 2 grants for the team for equipment and supplies. Ashton helps fellow students study, last year she created her own study guide for students in one of her dual credit classes, helping bring up their grades. She is a member of National Honor Society and volunteers throughout our community. Her contagious smile and giving heart make her an inspiration.
Photography by Ashton Short
Why did you want to start a girl lacrosse team at your school? I loved watching my brother play the sport, and I wanted a chance to play as well. It took two years to create the team, what were some setbacks you had to overcome? There were some apparent setbacks, such as finding a coach and getting team members. The more intensive setbacks were getting field time and funding for the team. Luckily, I applied for a $3,000 equipment grant and I got approved for it. I was so fortunate to be able to present it to my team.
What motivated you to keep going when it came to making the team for your high school? I heard of other girls from previous years who wanted a team but failed. I thought to myself, if not now then when? I had some connections to the coaches of the boy’s team and used that to best of ability. My hope was that I could be persistent enough that administrators had to listen.
Photography by Shannon Short
What is it like knowing you are an inspiration to others? I cannot take all the credit if I’m inspiring others. There are so many adults, ranging from teachers to coaches, who helped me become the person I am today. These influential people are the ones who taught me to do the best of my ability. I hope that if I am inspiring others, it’s for them to know they have the ability to make a change in the world. Especially being the captain of my team, it is vital to be a positive leader. If I am in charge of the girls on my team, then I want them to have the same leadership skills as me.
Why do you take time out of your day to help others? (I.e. dual credit study guide) In my mind, I think, “If you have the ability to help others, why not?”. I saw a chance to help teach others a subject they were failing in. I have always been a sucker for volunteering, stretching from elementary school to high school. I think it is so beneficial to yourself and others when you help others. Overall, I think it’s in my DNA to have the want to volunteer and help people. It has always come so easy to me.
Photography by Shannon Short
How do you keep a positive and kind attitude while tackling so much throughout school and extracurricular activities? Growing up, many adults asked me this. I think it is so important to take care of your mental health through difficult and stressful times. I believe it is crucial to look at your life and be so grateful for everything you have. There are so many people out there who don’t have half the things you might have. I just take a look at my life and be so thankful for those who have sacrificed things for the betterment of my life.
Ashton will be featured in issue 38 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!