Grace Adams - Oregon Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nomination and Photography by Rachel Williams Photography Issue 29 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Grace is an inspiring ambassador for the FFA. In March she is running for a position as an OR State Officer. If selected she will travel many states speaking to students, facilitating leadership conferences for a minimum of 270 days her first year after high school. She has been working toward this goal for many years! Grace hopes to attend Oregon State University. Majoring in Wildlife Biology, Minor in Agricultural Sales, enabling her to become a Wildlife Technician with the OR Dept of Fish and Wildlife! Nat. Honor Society 2 yrs Dayton FFA Chapter President 2019-20 Lower Willamette District FFA President Dayton ASB President 2020 Dayton HS "Prudential Spirit of Community Award" selected nominee National Scholarship Grace loves cheerleading and is the Cheer Captain She has an amazing outgoing personality. With her big heart and engaging smile Grace will most certainly be a success at all that she tackles!
Photography by Grace Adams
Tell us a little bit about the FFA. I was first exposed to the joy of community service and helping others through my school’s FFA program and class. With over 700 thousand members, the FFA is a national organization which reaches from the state of Alaska, to the Virgin Islands and from the state of Maine to Hawaii. The FFA is a youth organization which helps students discover their true potential though primer leadership and growth.
What is it like being an inspiring ambassador for the FFA? Over the past 4 years, I have been exposed to many opportunities which lead me to where I am today. I've competed nationally in several different competitions including Food Science, Parliamentary Procedure and soon, Agricultural Sales. One of my favorite parts of being in the FFA is meeting new friends. I love getting to know people and their own inspiring stories as well as setting a good example for younger members to follow.
Photography by Rachel Williams Photography
How did you get involved with cheerleading? What’s your favorite part about the sport and why? I've always enjoyed attending school sports events and cheering in the student section, but I wanted to get more involved. I was inspired to join the team when a close friend of mine told me it was an escape for her. When she was at cheerleading practice, it was the only thing she had to worry about. I've really enjoyed being part of such a loving team and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.
Please tell us why your senior photos are so special to you? How are they different? I really wanted my photos to be unique and unlike any of the other one's I've seen. My photos tell a story of who I am and the life I’ve lived alongside with my family. My dad has been an airplane pilot for 12 years so naturally I grew up as a pilot's daughter. We spent many of my summers together flying and camping in the backcountry of Idaho. The photos of me in the truck represent my small-town country lifestyle and truly show my personality.
Photography by Rachel Williams Photography
What kind of music do you like the listen to? What kind of music do you like to play? I couldn't categorize myself into a genre music. I can go from alternative to rap to country in a matter of a few skips. I grew up in a musical family and was raised on classic bands like Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles. One of my favorite things to do is create playlists for different moods and I often discover new music that way.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Sometimes things won’t go how you plan. But if you’re patient, work hard and stay true to yourself, you will accomplish whatever you put your mind to. Seek what sets your soul on fire.
Grace will be featured in Issue 29 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Interview with Larissa Chelius | Submitted by Chailie Alsaffar Nomination & Photography by Lisa McNeil
The Nomination: “Chailie is kind, disciplined, friendly, and funny. Her favorite quote is "Don’t let anyone treat you like free salsa. You are guac, baby girl, guac!" She's a pleasure to be around and super busy with her academics, leadership roles, and her sport of twirling. She's currently the National Honor Society President at Founders Classical Academy and is their current Feature Twirler. Chailie has won many a local, regional, and state titles in the sport of baton twirling. She is 2017 National Intermediate Champion in X Strut ages 13-15. She also represented Lightwire Theater in the windows of Neiman Marcus for the holiday season in the lead role for Dec of 2018. She is looking at a business or meteorology major as well as representing her University or college in the sport of baton twirling.”
1. How did you first become interested in twirling? I was watching the Miss America competition on TV and I saw a baton twirler. I was fascinated by her gracefulness, and fluidity. I told my mom that I wanted to be a twirler when I grew up because I wanted to wear a sparkly costume. A few months later my mom started teaching me to twirl and the rest is history.
2. What have you learned by being the National Honor Society President at Founders Classical Academy? My National Honor Society chapter is mostly student run. I have learned to communicate clearly with my advisor and the other students to avoid confusion. I have learned to make decisions that meet the overall needs of the school. My main goal for this year is to continue to build school pride within the National Honor Society.
3. How do you manage academics and twirling? I try to focus on how I can take advantage of any free moment I have to get homework done. I have a study hall during school which helps me get ahead. I go straight to the gym after school to practice. I will occasionally have to stay up later than I should to finish all my homework, but academics always come first. The best way to maintain a healthy balance is to avoid wasting time.
4. Has twirling changed your life in any way? I was very shy and introverted before I started twirling. I could barely order my food in a restaurant because I did not like talking to strangers. I was forced to become extroverted because I traveled and met new people from all over the country. One part of twirling competitions is interview. Once I started interview training, I was not afraid to speak in public anymore. Learning to start conversations or answer questions from adults started to become easier with practice. I'm very grateful that my twirling coach guided me and pushed me to become outgoing.
5. How were you introduced to Lightwire Theater and how did performing the lead role effect you? Lightwire Theater was a gift. My mom worked for the manager and producer of Lightwire Theater. They held open auditions for the roles. I got the part based on not only my size, but I was also able to operate and hold my costumes complicated system. I really enjoyed watching young children become captivated by the magic of the story we told. I was very lucky to be given the opportunity to experience something so unique.
6. What is your plan to become a business woman or a meteorologist? I have always been fascinated with weather, especially tornadoes. I do not run into the storm closet; instead I run outside to try and catch a glimpse of the funnel forming in the sky. I want to pursue a career in broadcast meteorology. I also like business. I worked as a sales consultant at a tanning salon over the summer. I love the rush of making a sale and helping people feel good about what they are buying. My goal in the business world is to open my own business.