EJ Workman - 16 - Kentucky Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nominated by Laurie Pruden Photography by Tooley Photography With additional images by KHSAA and Laurie Pruden Issue 17 | Athlete
The Nomination: Emma Workman, works as a peer mentor in HS. She has received level 1 USBC coaching certificate, has learned her craft in the proshop, laying put and drilling balls. She helps coach her team mates in practice, and the younger kids in league play. She is a Region 1 singles champ, 4th in State, and qualified for Nationals.
Photography by Tooley Photography
What got you interested in bowling?
It interested me because a few of my friends were doing it and I wanted to see if I would potentially find a future in it.
Tell us more about your level one coaching certificate.
My level one coaching certificate allows me to help others when learning about bowling and help those who want to better themselves in the sport. It also helps me as a bowler better understand what I am doing wrong as well as what I am doing right
Photography by KHSAA
How does it feel to be bowling at the national tournament?
It is very overwhelming for sure. You just can't let your nerves get the best of you. This is the first time I have qualified for nationals as an individual. So, I feel that it is an honor just be able to compete at a national level and I am excited to see what the future holds.
Will you continue to bowl in the future? Why or why not?
Yes, I will continue to bowl in the future because it’s one thing I truly love and it's a great stress reliever. I believe that people should do what they love as their careers and bowling is a true passion of mine and I would love to continue it in the future.
Photography by Laurie Pruden
What are some of your duties as a peer mentor?
Some of my duties as a peer mentor include helping incoming freshman find their classes and become familiar with their surroundings and be a familiar face when they are lost or need help.
EJ will be featured in Issue 17 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Brianna Logsdon Interview with Zoe D’Angelo Nomination & Photography by Tammy Howell Kentucky Issue 15
The Nomination: Brianna Logsdon, from Pleasure Ridge Park H.S, has been a member of my Senior Portrait Rep Team since the spring. Her smart, witty humor makes all our sessions memorable. She's had a lifelong love of sports like softball, volleyball, and bowling and is active in helping special needs kids enjoys sports as well. She is a leader of a new school club to support and raise funds for Special Olympics and participates in Unified Bowling, where she partners with a special needs athlete. She's had to overcome many obstacles thrown in her path, but she's done so with an amazing attitude and is an inspiration to her teammates.
Tell me about your Senior Portrait Rep Team:
Our rep team is orchestrated by photographer, Tammy Howell. Tammy is truly amazing and never fails to make you smile or laugh at just the right times. She works hard to make sure that our photo sessions are the best whether it’s helping us choose our outfits or picking just the right place to take your pictures or making sure that every last-minute detail is perfect just before the pictures taken.
How did you become interested in bowling?
I grew up in a family where bowling was a big sport, so as a child I couldn’t remember a time that I wasn’t in the bowling alley. From there I just grew an interest on my own with the sport. I started bowling around the age three and took a break for five years between ages of 10 and 15, and then started back up again my sophomore year of high school. Bowling is really an amazing sport which allows me to build bonds with people that I could’ve never imagine myself building a bond with, given me leadership skills, and it personally just give me an outlet from the world around me.
What has the role of team captain meant to you?
It all started my Junior year of high school when the bowling team named me team captain. Being team captain helped me understand responsibility and that it’s not an “I” game but a “team” game. I learned to look out for the interest of everyone and not just myself. Today I started the idea that it is okay for special needs students at PRP to bowl with our teams. At PRP we have several unified sports and strive to let our special needs kids have the same opportunity as any other student at our school. At PRP I am one of two leaders of our club, Inclusion Revolution, where we organize fundraisers to help pay for things such as the kids sports and equipment and organize activities such as peer tutors taking the kids out to a basketball game, a movie or anything just to get them out of the house and hang out.
What are some ways you get teens involved in their community and help?
I encouraged teens to get involved in their schools as there’s so much that you’re capable of doing and your own school, your community. I personally took a strong interest in building relationships with the special needs kids at my high school, Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP). I have opened the door to allow special needs kids to bowl with our high school teams and allowed them to have the chance to bowl in the KHSAA Unified Tournaments.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to attend a four-year college where I will major in Chemistry and minor in Criminal Justice. With my chemistry degree I want to work in forensic sciences or in a medical research lab, researching ideas that could help special needs kids and adults live a more comfortable life where they can be treated just like anyone else. I also plan to bowl at which ever four-year college I may attend.
Brianna was featured in Issue 15 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.