Makayla Miller - Pennsylvania Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Sara Miller Photography by Kate Smith Photography
The Nomination: Makayla my beautiful daughter both inside and out inspires me on a daily basis. Her passion for her family, friends and life in general is second to none. Makayla always strives to find the good in everyone and in everything she does. Her smile lights up a room and her personality is infectious and quite amusing. She is true to herself and those she loves. If we all could have a little bit of Makayla in us this world would be a better place.
What is the most important thing to you when it comes to the love of your family? Telling them I love them every day and each and every opportunity I get.
What are some ways you keep yourself or others feeling confident if they are having a bad day? I like to think I have a good sense of humor so I always try to add laughter to any situation which helps you forget why you are having a bad day. I also try to remind others and myself about the good in life. I know bad days are just temporary.
Tell us about your personality. What do you want people to think of when they first meet you? I love to laugh and have fun. I want people to think of me as a positive, upbeat, fun, and trustworthy person.
How did your interest in cheerleading begin? Who is your biggest inspiration when it comes to the sport? I started competitive cheerleading at the age of 6 because I saw the fun my older cousins were having. My biggest inspiration when it comes to the sport is my coach Rakiesha Morrison who I have been with since I started. She has always pushed me to strive for greatness not only just with cheer but in everyday life. She is one of my toughest critics, but I know it’s all out of love.
What type of impact has cheerleading had on your life? How do you think it has changed you for the better? When I first started cheerleading, I was very shy and quiet. As the years have progressed, I now have confidence in myself and have become very outgoing. I also have made some of my very best friends through the sport.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Always be yourself and don’t change who you are for someone else.
Image of Makayla Miller by Sara Miller
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I try and get along with everyone around me and I always try and bring the best out in someone.
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? I try and stick to daily routines.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination? Shopping and spending time with my friends and family. Who do you find inspiring? My Mom because she loves me unconditionally. She always finds a positive even in the hardest of times and she always finds a way to make things happen for my brothers and me.
Pizza or Tacos? Soda or Water? Cats or Dogs? Tacos, Water, Dogs
3 Things on your bucket list 1. To be a World Champion in Cheer 2. To become a model 3. To marry Lamelo Ball
Anything else you’d like to tell us? It is such an honor to be in the running to be featured on the cover of Inspiring Teen Magazine. Thank you so much for this opportunity.
Makayla Miller will be featured in issue 21 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Keara McKay Interview by Zoe D’angelo Nomination & Photography by Michael Zellefrow of Gizmo Photography Ohio Issue 15
The nomination: Keara cheers for her local school plus competitive cheer squad. She likes to help the younger girls in her competitive cheer squad and serves as role model for all the younger girls.
How did you become interested in cheerleading? I got a flyer at school to try out for the youth team. I didn’t even want to do it. My Mom convinced me to give it a try. Then in fourth grade I became involved in competition cheer at a gym I had been taking tumbling classes at.
What are your favorite things about being a cheerleader and representing your school? I love both competition cheer and school cheer. At school I love supporting the football team and getting the crowd to have team spirit as well. In competition cheer I love going out on that blue mat and giving it my all with my teammates. It is such a rush of emotions and even when we don’t do as good as we hoped, the team connection is awesome! I have made great friends doing both. As I grow up, I love seeing the younger girls starting and being a person they can look up to.
When you’re not cheering, what do you do in your free time? I spend a lot of my time at the studio where I do competitive cheer. I also dance there. I am on two dance teams and also have a solo routine. I also volunteer at the studio to be Tinker Bell for tea parties for younger girls. I also like to read and believe it or not, do school work. I really love school and love learning. My favorite subjects are Language Arts, Math and Science. I have been very lucky to have some amazing teachers that make school fun. I enjoy doing mental math just for fun.
Tell me about your typical day. In a normal day, I get up and spend some time with my Mom in the morning and then head to school. When my school day is over, I normally have enough time to go home and eat a snack and then head to cheer or dance practice. After practice I go home to eat dinner and do my homework. After that, I am pretty much ready to go to bed, so I can do it all over again the next day.
What are your plans for the future? I am hoping to stay a cheerleader / dancer throughout my school life. I want to attend college at Kent State and cheer there as well. I want to become a chiropractor and would also like to cheer for a professional sports team.
Keara was featured in Issue 15 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.