Serena Yee Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination and Photography by Alicia Crosson Photography California Issue 18 | Leader
The Nomination: It's a privilege to nominate Serena as an inspiring teen! Serena is currently a freshman in high school, on her school's Drill Team, and a part of Student Council. Serena also loves to dance and is a dancer for Showstoppers Dance Studio in her hometown. She also carries a Black Belt in Taekwondo! I admire so many qualities and characteristics Serena has. Serena is super sweet, kind, loving, gentle, loyal, and has a heart of gold. I adore her and her love for others. She is hard working, dedicated, and a natural, inspiring leader to her friends and to others who know her. I would love to see her being recognized as the amazing, inspiring teen that she is!
Tell me about your school’s drill team and why you joined. My school’s drill team consists of dancers from all different grades. We perform at home varsity games during both football and basketball season. I’ve gotten very close to these girls because we share the same passion. I really love this team because we strive to make each other better dancers and people. This team is special because our routines are choreographed and taught by the junior and senior dancers which I’m inspired to do someday. What are your duties within student council and what have you learned? I am the freshman Vice President in student council. As Vice President I share ideas with other officers and help plan school related events such as themed spirit weeks, school dances, homecoming, and rallies. From being in student council I understand that in order to be a good leader, one has to be able to listen and effectively advocate for the student body.
How did your career in dance begin and what do you love most about it? My first dance class was taken when I was two and a half years old. I started with a ballet and tap and as my love for dance grew so did the dance genres I learned. I first started competing around the age of seven and I immediately loved it. I competed in jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. My biggest milestone in my dance career was when I performed my first self-choreographed solo last year. My all-time favorite style of dance is pointe and I love every aspect of it. I believe that dance has taught me dedication and commitment along with grace and poise.
Image by Julie Yee
Why do you think you are so inspiring and what makes you stand out? I believe that I am inspiring because I am hard working, dedicated, and always open to trying new things. One of the things that I believe makes me stand out is that I am a second-degree black belt in taekwondo. I started when I was seven years old and have been practicing ever since. Martial arts allow me to physically and mentally push past my fears. As a result, I was able to gain the confidence that opened so many opportunities for me.
What are your plans for after high school? After high school I plan on going to college. Some career fields I’m interested in are pharmacy or psychology. I would really like to move away to college and become more independent. I’d also like to minor in dance or even try out for the college’s dance team.
Serena will be featured in Issue 18 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.