The Nomination: “I'm a freshman at Niceville High School and on the State Champion cheer team and a level 5 all-star cheerleader at zero gravity athletics. I'm currently Miss Panhandle 2020-2021. I'm an honor student. State Ambassador for the Be Kind Program that focuses on anti-bullying and the prevention of teen suicide. I'm very passionate in bringing awareness to the prevention of Anti-Bullying. I'm a member of the NHS track and field team. I'm a member of the NHS Leadership team” - Kaymin
Photography by Erin Hansen Images
What would you most like to be interviewed about? I'm very passionate about the Anti-Bullying campaign and the awareness that it brings. I want those who bully to know that it's not ok and those who are bullied to know that there are resources and people they can speak to and that they don't have to struggle alone or in silence.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be on and why? I would focus on bullying and the emotional scars that it can leave a child with. I would also speak as to the different types of bullying letting others not it's just not verbal. I would encourage others to take a stand and be the change.
What else do you want us to know about your stand against Bullying? Your voice matters, you matter and can make a difference. If you see someone being bullied, step in and stand up. Your voice could make a difference in someone's life. Words hurt and can leave lasting marks on someone's self-esteem.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I want to make a difference in the world. Our youth today think that their voice doesn't matter or can't be heard. We are the future and the choices we make today will dictate that future. It all starts with a single action that can turn into something significant. My mom has always told me to "be a leader not a follower" and that's what I plan on doing.
What attributes do you have that make you a strong leader & What do you think are characteristics of every strong leader? I'm compassionate and a very good listener. I want to be the best and I want those around me to be the best as well. Compassion, kindness, good listening skills, strong work ethic and also being able to take criticism.
Photography by Melissa Magier
What leadership roles have you had and what have you learned from them? I have been the President of Fellow of Christian Athletes which provided me the opportunity to be around like-minded people. It also allowed me the opportunity to speak about my passions and help others. I have held several pageant titles to include Teen Miss Panhandle, Teen Miss Choctawhatchee, Teen Miss Emerald Coast Perfect. All these titles put you in a position where you can give back to the community and mentor young girls who want to follow in your footsteps
What does it mean to you to be Miss Panhandle 2020-2021? What roles and responsibilities do you have as a result? I will be representing the Panhandle of Florida through community service events as well as speaking to others about what makes the Panhandle a great place to live an attend school.
What is the hardest thing you have ever accomplished, and how did you do it? Becoming a level 5 athlete on my all-start cheer team and making my high school cheer team which are the current State Champions. I have been blessed to have amazing coaches, Tanya Herndon and Mel Young have always pushed me to be the best, work hard and never give up.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Find what you are passionate about and go for it. Surround yourself with good people. Make goals and achieve them.
Photography by Melissa Magier
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? I will have graduated high school with honors as well as my AA. I will be finishing up my undergraduate at FSU and hopefully attending one of my top 3 choices for graduate school where I will attend for Law degree.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that was not in your nomination? I'm a very social person so I love to be around my family and friends making memories.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? I love to sing and will sing just about any song as I listen to all types of music.
3 Things on your bucket list Attend an Ivy League Law School Visit Italy Become a Sports Agent
Who do you find inspiring? My brother Kyle is my hero in so many ways. He has taught me to always stand up for myself and others and to respect yourself and not settle for less.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I've always been an outgoing person and made a point to be nice to everyone including those not in my direct friend group. I work hard for my goals and I strive to be the best as well as encourage my friends to do the same.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us? Don't ever settle in life when you deserve so much more. Change starts with you and your voice matters and can be heard. Go do great things!!
Look for Kaymin in issue 42 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!