Brandy Davis - Texas Nomination by Belinda Davis Photography by Valerie Jirik Photography Issue 52 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Brandy Davis is inspiring to not only me but our community through her participation in various clubs and organizations at Keller High School. Brandy has a huge heart and is always willing to help others. She is an officer in Operation Beautiful and in Circle of Friends. Both clubs strive for inclusivity and positive behavior. Brandy also is passionate about our environment and strives to make our world a healthier place, through her development of the Environmental Club. She has a remarkable ability to create and uses her leadership skills to help others in our community.
Photography by Valerie Jirik Photography
Why did you choose Valerie Jirik as your photographer? I chose Valerie Jirik as my photographer because of her kind spirit and amazing talents. My experience has been nothing but great. I love how Valerie has pushed me out of my comfort zone with beautiful photoshoots but still has encompassed my personal style in each shoot.
What else should we know about you? I think it is important to know how independent I am as a person. I enjoy leadership opportunities and strive to make the world around me a better place. Through my ambition, I volunteer for the community and participate in many clubs and organizations within my community.
What has been your favorite leadership experience? By far my favorite leadership experience was my time spent at Camp Carter. During a two-week session this past summer I was able to work with the youth in my community to provide the children a safe place where they can openly be themselves. Through this experience, I served as a Counselor in Training. With this specific role I was tasked with the responsibility of not only aiding the children and helping other staff within their duties but specifically making camp enjoyable to the younger generation of campers.
What did you learn from this experience? Within my two weeks spent in a counselor-like position, I saw many kids come in with troubling home lives and just hope for the ability to find peace and happiness away from the normal world. This experience has taught me the importance of showing love towards others as one simple act of kindness can uplift another from any endeavors they face.
What do you think is your best leadership quality? I think my best leadership quality is my willingness to assume responsibility in any situation. By holding myself up to a high standard every day, I can confidently say that I always put my best foot forward and accomplish every task to the best of my ability.
Photography by Kim Williams
Tell us about Operation Beautiful and what your role as an officer is. Within Operation Beautiful I serve as an Officer alongside other inspiring women at my school. My role within the organization is to help encourage positivity as well as manage the membership of others. Through this, the organization is able to host events throughout the school year celebrating character, kindness, respect, and inclusivity at my school.
What is Circle of Friends and what do you love about your time there? Circle of Friends is a club at my school where students cultivate friendships with their special needs peers and make an impact in my community through volunteer work. By attending our monthly events students are able to act on the motto of “make a difference and make a friend.” There is nothing not to love about this club. I love spending my time there and seeing the happiness it brings to all.
Who do you find inspiring? I find my teacher Mrs. Mullin inspiring through her abundance of creativity and wittiness. I cannot applaud this woman enough as she constantly raises the bar and reminds me of what is most important to me; this being to show the world kindness and compassion towards others.
Photography by Ben Mahanay
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I think it is inspiring, taking account of the adversities I have faced within my family during Covid-19, that I have not allowed the pandemic to phase my spirits. After struggling with the pandemic I had a loss in my family and was forced to move from my childhood home. Both of these factors, though grievous, pushed me to keep growing. I am so thankful for those who supported me through this and the person I am today because of it.
Through all these negatives in Covid-19, what was something positive that happened for you during this time? Although Covid-19 proved trying, I was able to spend more time with my family building our relationships. I also focused on my personal growth and became more content with my life as well as pushed myself more than precedent to achieve success.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Although I am still growing as time goes on I would suggest to anyone of any age to find the good in even the worst of days. Looking for such things allows for light in even the darkest of times.
Photography by Lora Forlger
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If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I believe change comes through knowledge and education, so if I was asked to present a topic that I am passionate about I would speak about my passion for the environment. This topic is important to me to speak about considering its weight on our planet. The environmental crisis that our world is facing often goes unnoticed and I believe we can change that through activism and spreading awareness.
Tell us more about the Environmental Club and your plans for it moving forward. The Environmental Club is an organization that works to educate students on environmentally focused topics through meetings and volunteer work. As a club, we host school clean-ups monthly, annually plant a pollinator garden, have documentary viewing days on varying topics, among other events. With my position as president of the club, I plan to continue advocating for our planet and striving to make the world a better, healthier place.
Look for Brandy Davis in issue 52 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!