Allie Maternowski - Kentucky Interview by Zoe D’Angelo. Nomination and Photography by Kustom Dezigns Photography. Featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.
The Nomination: Allie Maternowski is so incredibly sweet and caring. She is always willing to help and is the first to step up when there is a need. The list of clubs, sports, volunteer & service projects she is a part of is incredible (many of them she has held a leadership position in); and she manages to maintain a 4.29 GPA and a perfect school attendance (since 6th grade). Allie really is an inspiration and joy to be around.
Tell me about your leadership roles in clubs and sports. I have been involved in the Key Club at HCA since 9th grade, and I am the President this year. I have been involved in the National Honor Society at HCA since 10th grade, and I am the Vice President this year. I have been involved in the Spanish National Honor Society at HCA since 10th grade and had the leadership role as the chaplain last year. I have played volleyball for Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) since 5th grade. I played the setter position and was a co-captain on the team. I have played tennis for HCA since 7th grade, and I am the number one seed on my team.
What is your favorite thing about being a leader? My favorite thing about being a leader is encouraging and motivating others. I feel the best way to do that is to lead by example. Showing others instead of just telling them what needs to be done to accomplish something is, I think, much better received. It is so important to encourage and lift up others during the process.
Why do you think you are so inspiring? I feel that I am inspiring because I try to practice the golden rule. I treat others the way I would want to be treated. I think others can sense if you are who you really claim to be. I care about people and try to be helpful in any way that I can. In volleyball season during my senior year, I got an injury. I was accustomed to starting and playing the entire game, but then I had to sit out. This was a very humbling experience for me because instead of being cheered on, I cheered on my teammates from the sidelines. I truly enjoyed being helpful and encouraging to my teammates.
How do you maintain your GPA of a 4.29 with all your extra-curricular activities? I am able to keep up my GPA along with other activities because I have learned that the busier I am, the more I can accomplish. I am very organized, and I always prioritize the things that I need to get done. I spend a substantial amount of time studying since it is very important to me to always do my best. I put my whole heart into all that I do to glorify God. I also have a strong work ethic and am very competitive. I do best when I am challenged, so being involved in many activities has helped me to better manage my time and keep my GPA up.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In five years, I plan to have a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and work in that area. I love gardening, and I have been raising vegetables and flowers with my grandmother since I was very young. I even entered items in the Western Kentucky State Fair with my grandmother and was awarded many ribbons for our vegetables and flowers. I want to work in the field of Horticulture because I really enjoy it. Eventually, I hope to open my own nursery and teach others how to garden the way my grandmother taught me.
Allie was featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!