Macayle Snyder – Illinois Nomination and Photography by Kim Hinkle Photography Issue 42 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Macayle is an inspiring young teen for many reasons. She is courageous and fierce. She has heart for others, a passion for justice and a drive to excel. Macayle is certainly one I would consider a world changer. She will make a difference.
Photography by Kim Hinkle Photography
How has Foster Care and Adoption impacted your life? Looking back, I can’t remember a time when the words adoption and foster care weren’t prevalent in my life. At the age of two, my parents began fostering. When I was younger, I always thought it was our job to help and be a blessing to children in foster care, but now, I see things from a different perspective. Now at the age of 17, I have had the privilege of learning, listening, and walking alongside youth who have not only showed me the beauty of our differences but the common bond of humanity. I have been blessed with two brothers who are smart, funny, and an ultimate example of courage. Not only is foster care and adoption something that I am deeply passionate about, but it has also completely changed my heart for people. I have learned so much and now try to step into a place of advocacy and concern instead of judgment and shame, and for that I am thankful.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? Music has always been a vital part of my life. I grew up in a musical family and I have enjoyed sharing this gift with my community. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to participate in many local theatre productions, including leading roles in the musicals "Annie" and "The Little Mermaid." Music has given me confidence that has carried over into other aspects of my life. Most recently, my family started a catering business. I quickly realized I have a passion for baking. Who knew that sweet treats could feel like a work of art.
Tell us about your baking. What do you bake the most and what always turns out the best? During this pandemic, people have experienced a great amount of stress and loss, but food is comforting and good for the soul. It is neat how there are ways to express yourself through food. I find it exciting to create new things and try new recipes. Some of my favorite things to bake are monkey bread and sliders. At first, I just did standard monkey bread and ham and cheese sliders, but I have branched out to cheesy bacon monkey bread and several different types of sliders including pizza and breakfast varieties.
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?) If I were to present a topic to my peers, I would choose the importance of empathy. This is an important skill to learn as a young adult. As I leave high school and enter college and the workforce, my sphere of influence will broaden. I want to be prepared to put my empathy skills to work by approaching others with compassion and understanding.
Look for Macayle in Issue 42 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!