Ava Bains – Colorado Nomination & Photography by Everyday Moments Photography Issue 58 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Ava may be beautiful on the outside, but her heart is where her true beauty lies. Ava says YES to life and life in FULL COLOR every single day. Her successes in school and in the pool as a competitive swimmer are inspiring. Yet what is most impressive about Ava is her ability, in this social media world full of pressures, to rise above negativity and SMILE in the face of difficulty. Ava's goal is ALWAYS inclusivity/acceptance at school and in the pool, even when she faces struggles-she pushes through working to unify all around her-Now THAT is inspiring!
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? My nomination letter talks about character which my parents taught me is the most important thing when it comes to who you are as a person. I just finished my freshman year of high school and ended with a 3.92 GPA while juggling six days a week of swim practice. Swimming has always been a huge part of my life. The past year I set a goal to get a sectional cut which I accomplished in June. These accomplishments are important, but your character is what propels a person to their personal best and successes that can be measured.
What would you like to talk about? I would like to talk about social media as it is a big part of our generation and I feel right now there’s a lot of negativity and bad examples displayed there. I think what Inspiring Teens Magazine is trying to do is inspire kids like me, who don’t necessarily feel like they have a strong voice or are nervous to speak up, to do just that. I’d like to talk about how you see your role as this magazine to positively impact the teenagers on social media and if our goals align.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be? A topic I’d like to start conversations with my peers about is the general idea of how social media looks. I feel like a lot of kids don’t feel accepted on social media and the “influencers“ of our generation often do not help and kids, like me, just end up feeling more isolated. I want to find my voice and stand up to make social media a safe and welcoming place and I want to encourage my peers to do the same. I’d like to lead our generation to make the world (and social media) a better, more welcoming place.
Look for Ava in issue 58 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!