Brayden Chambliss – Georgia Nomination by Sonya Chambliss. Photography by Carolyn Griffin Photography. Issue 43 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.
The Nomination: Brayden spreads positivity wherever she goes. She is a bright light in her school, athletics, and community. Brayden is a top 10 student and on track to graduate with honors in May. She will have over 30 college credits when she finishes her High school career. She plans to attend VSU in the fall and pursue a degree in Sports Medicine. Not just a spectacular student, she is an outstanding athlete. Brayden has been a competitive cheerleader since the age of 8. She has cheered at the middle and high school level as well as being on an All-Star Cheer team. She began playing soccer her freshman year in high school. She was named to the First team All-Region her freshman year. In her sophomore year, she was named the Region Player of the Year. As a senior, she was named the captain of her soccer team. Brayden has a goal every day of bringing a smile to the faces of the people she meets. She is a true inspiration to others!
Would you most like to be interviewed about? my academics and athletics
What would you like to share about your academics? While being in multiple sports and extracurricular activities, I have managed to keep honor roll all four years through high school and a high GPA. I was awarded Top Ten last year and i am working hard to remain in Top Ten when i graduate in May. Even though athletics are an important part of my life, i always make sure academics are my top priority. I always set goals for myself and strive to meet them at any cost.
Tell us your athletics journey. How did you start and what do you play now? What is a favorite memory or accomplishment? I started in Gymnastics at the age of 2. I continued to compete at multiple levels until the age of 8. It was at this age that i won my first national title. After winning this national title, i decided i wanted to try something new. I joined an Allstar Cheer Gym and started competing on a level 3 competitive team. I grew to love cheer and continued competing for several years. My team and I obtained a national championship at one of the largest competitions in the U.S.. That was one of my biggest accomplishments that i had worked for in my life. During those years, i was also a competitive dancer at Pirouette Dance studio. Now during high school, i have done Sideline Cheer, Competitive cheer, and Soccer.
What is your strongest leadership quality? i would say that inspiring motivation is my strongest leadership quality. I believe that nothing is impossible especially when someone else believes in you. I like to be the person that helps others believe that nothing is impossible. I find joy in helping others achieve their goals and accomplishments.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? My junior year i moved to a different school, and i was not eligible to play any sports. I was really upset, but i did not let that stop me from doing what i loved most. Instead i used my talents to help others in the community. I volunteered as the middle school competitive cheer coach. I also volunteered with the Varsity soccer team and was named the team manager. This made me feel as if i was contributing and sharing my experiences and knowledge of both sports. I enjoyed forming a bond with players and coaches at that time.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be on and why? (What do you feel passionate about or could talk forever about?) Being kind to everyone because i have set that to be my goal in life. You never know what someone is going through or if they are having a bad day, and just smiling or saying hello could make their day 10 times better. i know it may sound cliché but it is something that i really strive to do every day.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? I see myself hopefully getting into med school and working on my degree in sports medicine.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? Yes, I also enjoy singing. I started by singing in church and competed in the Junior Talent competition with my church and won at the age of 9. I started taking voice lessons, and went to Nashville, TN for a showcase. That was an awesome experience that i will never forget. In Elementary school, i sang solos for school programs. I continued singing solos in chorus in middle school. After i got into high school, singing was in the shadows because of sports and academics. I still enjoy singing with my friends during carpool karaoke sessions in my car.
Look for Brayden in issue 43 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!