Brooklyn Sinclair – Texas Nomination & Photography by CDP Photography Issue 72 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Brooklyn is an inspiring teen because she not only started her senior year at a new school but also started her fight against cancer (Hodgkin's Lymphoma). Brooklyn is a tough teen who continues to smile through it all!
Photography by CDP Photography
Tell us what it was like to start a new school your senior year. I was distracted starting my senior year at a new school since I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma right before I started Arlington High. My FFA friends and teachers along with school administration have been very supportive during this challenging time. Having their support along with my family made the transition smoother than what I was expecting. They welcomed me with open arms and a caring heart.
What are you most looking forward to in your senior year? I cannot wait to attend my livestocks and competitions with my new FFA family and friends. I love how the Arlington FFA completes as a whole team like a family.
How did you find your senior photographer, CDP Photography? What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? My photographer (Jordan @ CDP Photography) was recommended by one of my friends. She was a local photographer and it is family owned. I'm all about supporting your local/family owned businesses. Jordan and her family came to my grandparents ranch to do the photo session....she drove 1.5 hours to do my photo session. How many photographers will do that for you? I love how Jordan treats you like you are part of her family.
What is the most interesting thing you've learned so far? Seeing how the school community came together to rally and support me while I go through my cancer treatments.
What do you wish others knew about Hodgkin's Lymphoma? At a young age, don’t take things for granted because one second you are fine & healthy and the next minute you can be faced with a challenge like this. When you walk the halls of the Cook Children’s hospital oncology floor, my heart sinks every time to see younger children going through cancer. No child should have to endure the pain, the sickness, the tiredness, loss of hair, etc that this disease causes.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I hope that my story will help others understand even in hard times you are still able to accomplish your goals through determination and faith.
What else would you like to talk about? My life goal is helping the younger generations in my community through FFA and 4H. I love to see others succeed. My goal after college is to become a veterinarian. I love helping animals! I want to be the voice for those animals, large or small. I'm part of the Arlington FFA and have 2 steers that I show throughout Texas and Oklahoma. I also enjoy competing in floral and horticulture events through FFA.
Photography by Amanda Sinclair
What is a proud moment from FFA? Proud moment was when I won Reserve Breed Champion with my Hereford Steer (Kerosene) at the Heart of Texas livestock show and rodeo in Waco (October 2023).
What is a favorite memory from 4H? My favorite memory of 4H was being able to help younger generations on their projects and help them accomplish their goals.
How have these two organizations shaped you and your future? Being in FFA and 4H have kept me grounded and humble. Both organizations have taught me real life skills that I can carry throughout my life.
What do you feel passionate about or could talk about forever? My passion is agriculture. I can talk about this day and night. I literally eat, sleep, and work with my cattle every day. Children that are involved in FFA & 4H do not get enough credit on how many hours and the amount of dedication that goes into their livestock projects. Those that are involved in agriculture - I'm very proud of y'all! This comes from the bottom of my heart because I know how hard and exhausting it can be but keep pushing through those challenges because you will succeed.
Photography by Amanda Sinclair
What is a favorite family tradition you hope never ends? My favorite family tradition is Thanksgiving over at my Nana & Papa’s house where everyone comes and eats Thanksgiving dinner and then my Papa, Dad, Brother, Uncle and Cousins all leave to go to the ranch to spend the rest of the holiday hunting and enjoying time with each other.
How would your friends describe you? My friends would describe me as spontaneous, adventurous, free spirited, strong (strong willed), passionate and a great leader.
If you had nothing to do and all day to do it, where would we find you? Definitely find me at the ranch or at the ag barn taking care of the cattle. I love being outdoors and being with my animals.
What is up next for you that you are super excited about? I’m excited to get this Hodgkins Lymphoma in remission so I can ring the bell. I want this challenge put behind me so I can place my strength on achieving all of the goals I have in place for my senior year to make it epic.
What is your family like?Where do you fit in and where do you stand out? My family is very family oriented. We sit and eat dinner together every night. We do things as a family, i.e. when I have livestock shows to attend, we do it together. Family is everything to me! I do not try to fit in because I am who I am. Being true and honest to yourself is more important than fitting in. My passion and heart that I put into my animals and relationships show how I stand out.
Look for Brooklyn in issue 72 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
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