Hannah Hopper - Arkansas Interview by Olivia Bush Nomination by Jeff Hopper Photography by Amber Oxley Photography Issue 31 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Hannah Hopper is an awesome young lady! She is full of joy and it shows through her beautiful and contagious smile. She is very active in the local church’s youth group. Hannah started a community-wide recycling program through Armorel High School’s EAST program that got recycling bins for every classroom and a trailer placed on campus for recycling drop off for the community. She is captain of the cheer squad, vice president of her class, FBLA chapter parliamentarian, and journalism treasurer. She is also involved in track, Beta, yearbook, Drug Free club, and Trio.
Photography by Amber Oxley Photography
What inspired you to start your recycling program? I am a part of the EAST program at my school. In EAST, students create projects that help better the problems in their communities. I decided to start a recycling program after finding out that Northeast Arkansas only recycles about 48% of its waste, which is a lot lower than other areas. At the time, my school was not recycling at all, and there were very few neighborhoods in the area with curbside pickup available. I realized that starting a recycling program could make a huge impact by reducing a significant amount of waste.
Tell me more about being a cheer captain and your achievements being on the cheer squad. Being a cheer captain has been an amazing experience for me. It has taught me so much about how to be a successful leader and has given me so many necessary life skills. As a cheer captain, my job was to make team decisions such as schedule practices, help choreograph dances, and come up with new cheers to do on the sideline. It was also important for me to make sure everyone on the team was getting along and had a good relationship so we could work better together as a team.
Since I was captain of my school's cheer team, I got the privilege of attending the Varsity Spirit Spectacular in Disney World last November. At this event, I got to perform in a Christmas parade in front of hundreds of people. I see this as one of my biggest achievements from being on the cheer squad because it was such a rare and exciting experience.
Photography by Amber Oxley Photography
I know that you are involved in your church's youth group What is that like and what does it entail? Being involved in my church's youth group has been one of my favorite things I am a part of. My church has a very close group, and being a part of it helps make each week easier to go through because everyone involved is constantly messaging each other with encouraging words and thoughts. Since our group is so small, it is easier for us to be each other's accountability partners by encouraging one another to stay involved in church and to continue studying our Bibles. Our youth group also does a lot of things outside of the church, which is so fun since most of us have grown up together since we were babies. We have done things like making food together, going on big trips out of town, playing laser tag, going to concerts, and even successfully getting out of an escape room.
Explain to me more about FBLA and what you do with that club/organization FBLA stands for Future Business Leaders of America and it is a very popular club at my school. FBLA consists of conferences throughout the year where students get to hear from large business owners and influential people about how to be better leaders and how to be successful after high school by becoming involved in business. At these conferences, students also have the opportunity to compete in competitions related to business. Two of my friends and I competed in Digital Video Production the past two years and got second in district the first year, and even got to compete on the national level the second year. This year, we are competing in the Public Service Announcement competition and have been allowed to compete at the state level so far. I am my FBLA chapter's parliamentarian. I am in charge of making sure our meetings are kept orderly and everything that needs to be discussed is mentioned.
Photography by Amber Oxley Photography
Because you are involved in so many activities how do you stay on task and get everything done every day? It can be very challenging at times to keep everything I am involved in balanced with completing my school work, maintaining good grades, and having a social life all at the same time. I recently bought a bullet journal and it has helped me with time management tremendously. I write all of the big events that have been planned a while in advance in my bullet journal each month. I also have a whiteboard calendar hanging in my room, which is where I keep track of what I am doing weekly such as appointments, sports practices, meetings, and school deadlines. Making daily todo lists with everything that needs to be completed before the day ends is also a huge help to me.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? In five years I see myself working towards my master's degree in communication disorders to become a speech pathologist. I also see myself married with two dogs.
Photography by Candice Ranalli
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination? My favorite pastime was doing gymnastics! Before cheerleading, I was a competitive gymnast for eleven years. One of my favorite activities that I do now is camping. I love going with my family to the lake and being able to jump off the cliffs right behind our camper.
3 Things on your bucket list Swim with dolphins Go on a mission trip to Africa Ride in a hot air balloon
Hannah will be featured in Issue 31 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Cabel Jarrett – North Carolina Interview by Larissa Chelius Nomination and Photography by TAP Photography Issue 24 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Cabel Jarrett, age 16, is beyond the shadow of a doubt an awe-inspiring teenager. Being the youngest of his class, he pursues excellence inside and outside of the classroom. Although his top 5 class rank is impressive, it barely touches the reason he is inspiring. Cabel’s passion is teaching others through hands on activities. He spends his time teaching public speaking classes, swim training, and ski instruction lessons.
How did you become the great leader you are today? I have gained my leadership qualities through my experiences. Being able to meet new people and get out of my comfort zone has created the leader I am today.
Tell us about being the FBLA western region Vice President, and what that title brings. I was elected for the position over a year ago and it has had a huge impact in my life so far. Basically, I was elected to help lead a national organization that prepares young adults to enter business related fields in their future. My specialty was public speaking; therefore, I got the chance to travel around the country learning/teaching others how to excel at public speaking in real life scenarios.
What has instructing swim and ski lessons contributed to your life over time? Instructing lessons for swimming and skiing has ultimately led to me becoming more personable. It has even brought me a new passion; kids! I realized that I love to teach others, so I would like to incorporate those new passions into my life.
What opportunities have you been given by being in the top 5 class rank? I am immensely rewarded by the mental acknowledgment of my effort. I love knowing that I have taken every opportunity possible to succeed. As a player in Cougar football as the tackle position what are your expectations of time, and how do you make excess time for your other activities? Playing football is very demanding to the respects of your personal time. The sport requires loads of effort and commitment. However, that never means you do not have time for other activities. One simply must be interested in something in order to participate. I have missed very few opportunities because I play football.
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? I honestly have a photographic memory, so I don’t really write anything down. I am probably the worst person to ask this question to.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Focus only on the future: it never hurts to dream big.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? Graduating from college and considering applying for a doctorate program.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? Probably the fact that I am very outgoing.
Who do you find inspiring? Young men and women who serve in the military.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? Playing the piano!
Pizza or Tacos? Soda or Water? Cats or Dogs? Both, Sweet tea, and I am not an animal person.
3 Things on your bucket list 1- Travel the world 2- Have a huge family of my own 3- Go skiing in the Swiss Alpes
Cabel will be featured in Issue 24 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!