Ava Dwyer - Maryland Interview by Claire Plath Nomination and Photography by Kate Mitchem Photography Issue 24 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Ava Dwyer lit up my day when she showed up for her Dance Photo shoot a few weeks ago. The grace and beauty just flowed through the tips of her fingers to the tips of her pointed toes! Not only is she an incredible dancer who attends an International Baccalaureate high school in D.C., and dances every moment that she's not going to school or helping to teach at a local elementary school, but she still finds time to help rebuild schools in Africa!! She loves different cultures and meeting new people but her beauty is best seen through her dance!
What do you love most about dance? What I love most about dance is how free I feel. It allows me to release every bit of tension and focus on whatever story I am trying to portray. However, dancing is a constant battle to try to be better, forcing me to always push the limits and discover new and exciting ways to look at dance. I think that this urge to push myself to be better than I ever have been is what keeps me driven, and protects my love for dance.
What is the International Baccalaureate high school in D.C and how does it differ from other high schools? I attend Washington International School, and I am currently going into my junior year (11th grade). WIS is located in Washington, DC, and it is a multilingual private school that offers a full International Baccalaureate program. WIS is different from other high schools because of the large diversity in nationalities students represent, the incredible faculty with international backgrounds, and the challenging educational program it provides. The school opens doors to a large array of opportunities, including attending college anywhere in the world based on the International Baccalaureate diploma. WIS has a large but close-knit community that I am proud to say I am a part of.
Tell me a little bit about your experience volunteering at a school in Africa. Each year at Washington International School, there are various trips students can apply to be a part of. Trips to New Orleans, China, Guatemala, Peru, and Morocco are among them. Along with 16 other people, I was accepted to participate in a trip to a small town in Morocco called Azrou. The town is quite beautiful, sitting below two mountains. There are funding issues for public schools in Morocco, particularly for small towns like Azrou, so our aim was to improve some aspects of a local elementary school. We brought a total of nine computers, taught workshops on technology, language, and hygiene, and built a new library for the school, complete with donated books that were donated by fellow students. It was an amazing experience.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Be ambitious. The only way to achieve your goals in life is to fight for them. For me, I always tell myself to not settle for anything less than the best I can do. If you want something bad enough, push yourself to get there and you will. Believe in what you are capable of, and more importantly, believe in yourself!
Ava will be published in issue 24 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!