Braelyn Arnold – Pennsylvania Nomination & Photography by L. Welsh Photography, LLC Issue 68 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Braelyn Arnold is inspiring to me because by 17 she was already licensed to work in a salon and has taken advantage of these years to hone in on those amazing skills! Braelyn will be continuing to work at the salon while going to college. She has twirled for 7 years (4 as a Majorette and 4 on the Competition team) and has cheered for a total of 11 years, 5 through her high school. 3/5 as a Captain and on Varsity 10, 11, and 12th grade! Braelyn is talented, beautiful, kind, hard working, smart and inspiring!
Photography by L. Welsh Photography, LLC
What do you love about working in a salon and what exactly do you do? I am a licensed cosmetologist and have had my license since my Junior year of high school. My favorite services are updos, foilin, and coloring hair. I am also an assistant to the other stylists. I love having a career that is different every day and that is a continuous learning experience.
What do you excel at in the salon? I excel at customer service. I'm a very talkative and outgoing individual so I really enjoy getting to know my clients.
What have you learned about yourself in the workforce? I have learned that I am a perfectionist. I take pride in my work and want my clients to love their hair. I've learned that I'm better working as a team than individually, yet, I'm very independent, efficient and a self starter.
Photography by Breanne Arnold
Tell us about your twirl career. I started twirling in sixth grade. I never planned on going far with it until my coach and instructor invited me to perform on the studio's competition team. I competed for 4 years and tried out for our marching band's majorette squad my Freshman year. I have twirled throughout my Senior year and just completed my final parade of my career on Memorial Day.
What led you to cheering and what do you love most about it? I started cheering when I was in kindergarten, then when I was finally old enough to join our midget squads, once I started, I never stopped! My neighbor was a high school cheerleader and I admired her. I love the friendships and comradery. I love creating and teaching the dances to my team. Cheer takes teamwork and dedication and I love that it's finally being recognized as a sport.
What is a favorite memory with your cheer team? I have several, but I always loved the away game bus rides and playing music and dancing and singing on the bus. My other favorite memory is how our team supported our friend and teammate who was diagnosed with cancer going into our Freshman year, and helping her to fight and beat leukemia.
What did it mean to you to become Captain? What were your roles and responsibilities? It meant everything because it was everything I had dreamt of and worked for in all of my years cheering. I was responsible for choreographing and teaching dances and routines to my team, creating special event t-shirts for the squad and communication between my coach and the team, just to name a few.
Photography by L. Welsh Photography, LLC
What is your best leadership quality? I'm a good problem solver and a team leader. I bring positivity and fun to my squad.
Tell us about your family. Where do you fit in and where do you stand out? I live with my parents, Doug and Breanne. I have a twin brother, Grant and a younger brother who is 14, named Bryce. I fit in because I have learned to be easy going having two siblings who are brothers, yet I stand out because I am the only girl and I participate in the most activities.
What is a favorite family memory or tradition you hope never ends? My family plays "The Night Before Christmas" every year, where my Grammy reads the story and we pass gifts around a circle every time she says the word "and". It's a fun tradition and something the whole family looks forward to each year.
What do you like to do most with your friends? We love going to Buffalo Wild Wings and Target. It is something my Majorette friends and I try to do together often.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I have had to withstand dealing with people who are not true friends. It has made me an inspiring person, because I choose not to be like those people. I want to inspire kids and adults alike to be kind to everyone, that we may be different from each other, but that we all deserve to be treated equally.
Look for Braelyn in issue 68 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!