Snow Day To-Do List By Caroline Alegado - Pennsylvania Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
It’s that time of year when all we think about is snow days, but what should we do on snow days? Here’s a list of 10 things to do on your snow days! 1. Sleep In 2. Catch up on your shows 3. Play in the snow 4. Make hot chocolate 5. Watch a movie 6. Bake Cookies 7. Play a board game 8. Take artsy snow pictures 9. Go online shopping 10.Hang out with friends
Amelia McGovern – 17 - Pennsylvania Interview by Caroline Alegado Nominated by her school Photography by Inspiring Teens Issue 17 | STYLE
How did you start and how long have you been designing? I started doing drag about a year and a half ago, it’s just kind of happened. I got bored one night during the summer at around 1 am and did a makeup look inspired by one of my favorite drag queens, Miss Fame. I discovered that I was actually pretty good at it and had a lot of fun doing it. Since then, my looks have branched from just makeup into wigs and fashion.
How long did this piece take? Does it have any accessories? This piece is one of my most intricate pieces I’ve ever made. The clothing and shoes are garments that I put together, but most of the accessories are completely handmade. The main accessory of this look is of course the umbrella. It took me about a week of coming home after school and working until I went to bed. I started with a clear umbrella and added everything else myself. I brought it back recently for a fashion show, and it took me around the same amount of time to add more to it.
How did you learn makeup? I would consider myself self-taught. I’ve been watching YouTube makeup tutorials practically since YouTube started, but I taught myself everything I know.
Where do you wear these outfits you make? There’s really not many places I can go yet, so pretty much just my house. But I did go to Rupaul’s Dragcon in NYC this year and finally had an excuse to go out in drag for 2 days. I did perform in a show a couple months ago as well.
Have you met any inspirations? I’m so grateful to have met so many of my inspirations. Sasha velour, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Bob the Drag Queen, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Miss Fame, Monet X Change, Acid Betty, the list goes on and on. In the drag community, it is much easier to meet your inspirations than being a fan of a someone like Shawn Mendes or Ariana Grande. I’ve met 25+ queens since I started, and I can’t wait to meet more!
Do you have a backstory on your stage name? My name Loona Tunes, sort of just incorporates everything that I wanted my drag persona to be. My favorite name has always been Luna, but Loona seemed a like a fun and unique way to spell it. I’m also very interested in musical theater and have been singing and performing for almost my entire life, so I wanted to incorporate that. Of course, it’s also a play on words of the show Looney Tunes as well! What are your plans for your future? I’m a senior in high school right now, but I do have plans for after graduation. In the fall, I’m going to be attending Makeup Designory in New York City’s financial district. The 6-month course involves everything makeup, ranging from color theory to special effects. For my future, I would love to be a makeup artist for movie sets, Broadway shows, etc.. I also hope to continue being a drag queen for as long as I can.
Amelia will be featured in Issue 17 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.
Interview by Caroline Alegado Nomination and Photography by Carla Bucala Photography (above) and Mackenzie McMahan (below) Michigan
The Nomination: Mackenzie McMahan is such an inspiration to everybody that she meets. She is Student Council President and represents her class in Student Government. She is on National Honors Society and serves as liaison to the school board. On top of that, she volunteers her time and hosts events at the Downriver Council for the Arts. She regularly attends leadership camps and institutes through Masc. In her spare time, she is a photographer, and offers photoshoots to other Seniors- they pay what they can afford. She is always a breath of fresh air. She is always smiling, laughing and always kind to everyone she meets. She just made her High School Homecoming Court, so fingers crossed she can add Queen to her resume!
As a young photographer who still has a lot to learn, I enjoy taking pictures of whatever I can. It is easy for me to see the beauty of what’s around me through my lens and I appreciate an opportunity I get to do so. It’s important to me that people have pictures of them that are timeless and capture who they are. I believe photographs are an awesome way of looking back on who you were and who you are now. I’m very lenient on what people pay me for shoots because this has allowed me to connect with people and give them a gift that will last a lifetime which is the most rewarding part.
MASC/MAHS is the acronym for Michigan Association of Student Councils and Honors Societies. It is an organization committed to students and developing character and leadership skills. MASC puts on several different events from regionals, to states, to leadership training institutes, and leadership camp every summer. I have had the privilege of attending these events through my student council. These events, especially camp, have allowed me to break out of my comfort zone and become the person I am today. The activities put on at camp have helped me focus on communication, team building, and stepping out of my comfort zone. As a leader, inclusion and acknowledging my peers and their hard work is big for me. I enjoy giving my peers tasks and a moment in the spotlight that allows me to step back and for them to step up. MASC has not only improved how I lead, but it has significantly impacted me as a person. My character is dramatically altered by this camp and how it pushes you to be your unapologetic self.
As student council President, my responsibilities are to bring new ideas into our council such as community service events, fundraising ideas, and bonding experiences. I lead our council during meetings and make decisions on how to keep our council active.
My role as liaison to my school board requires me to report updates of the happenings at my high school during school board meetings. It is a way to keep the community informed of the high school and the students and to keep a connection between the community and the school district.
Downriver Council for the Arts is an organization in the Downriver area that inhabits local artists, has art classes, dance classes, and so much more. My volunteer opportunities come from the youth council that I’m in at the DCA. The youth council has a mission on giving artistic teens (and teens in general) a place where they can fully express themselves. We have put on successful events such as an open mic night and an artist showcase. The open mic night allowed for teens aged 12-19 to perform in front of the attendants and the showcase allowed the same age group to accentuate their art; such as photography, sketches, paintings, ceramics, and music.
If you went back to school shopping and don’t have room for all your new clothes, it’s time to declutter your closet. 1. Start by taking everything out of your closet. It’s best to start fresh. 2. Clean your closet thoroughly before putting any clothes back in it. Once you’ve dusted and wiped your closet, it’s ready to organize. 3. Sort all your clothes into three piles: yes (anything you’ve worn lately, you know fits well, and makes you feel good NOW!), no (anything that doesn’t fit, that you don’t like anymore, or is just out of style), and maybe (anything you’re unsure of). 4. Now that you’ve sorted your clothes into three piles, you should look back at your maybe pile. Go through those clothes and make a final decision. I suggest that you try on those outfits to see how they fit and look on you. Once you’ve put all the maybes into either the yes or no pile, it’s time to clean up. 5. You can take the clothes you don’t want to a consignment store where they sell your clothes for you. While consignment allows you to make some money, donating is also a good option. There are lots of places that will really appreciate your donations. 6. When putting the clothes back in your closet, try organizing them by color or season. This will allow you to know exactly where to find your clothes. 7. Stay on top of your closet by going through it regularly and trying to get rid of something every time you get something new. 8. Make sure to keep the floor clear. Inserting a shoe shelf gets shoes off the floor to a place where they can all be seen. 9. Organize the rest of your closet by hanging hooks for bags and using small baskets for other loose items. 10. By decluttering your closet and only keeping what makes you look and feel good, you are giving yourself a happier and healthier lifestyle.