Jacolby Moore - Houston, TX Interview by Michelle Sicard Nomination and Photography by Pink Lilly Photography Issue 19 Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Jacolby is a young man focused on dreams and goals. While in high school he managed to play Basketball, Football, run track and play tennis all while maintaining his grade. He is debating on which college he wants to attend but has is eyes on U OF H for Art Institute. As a backup plan he has Criminal Justice in mind.
I became interested in sports at the age of 5 years old. I started playing Basketball for the YMCA. When I was in Elem. School in the 5th grade, my cousin Brandon hit a 2 pointer in 3 seconds before the end of the game which tied up the game and I came back to make the final shot! My team and I was running around the court screaming and yelling we won! Yes! The YMCA teaches you values, respect, and morals for one another. I will carry that knowledge with me for life what I was taught by my coaches!
I plan on going to University of Houston and majoring in Architect with minor in Art. I will play Tennis and run track for UofH. In the future I see myself owning my own Architect Business and giving back to the community.
Always work hard and never let know one tell you, can’t follow your dreams. Dream big, strive for the star, have respect for one another, morals and values! Stay well-grounded and always remember the first law of nature is self- preservation.
To past time I like to play my PS4, play Basketball, cook and help out in my community. I play on line with my friends and family.
I’d like to own my own business/clothing line, second graduate from college with my BS degree and my Master in Art and Design.
One of my favorite talents that was not mention is swimming! In my family I have a brother and a cousin who became Lifeguards at the age of 15. I remember watching them both inspired me to become a Lifeguard! When I turned 15 years of age, I became a Lifeguard for Greater Houston Pool Management. I worked for GHPM for 3 years. I was employed with Safe Splash as a Lifeguard part time for 2 years. I am currently employed with Houston Swim Club. I have off campus duty every day, so I am able to work afterschool and on Saturdays. During my time as a Lifeguard I have saved 2 lives and truly love my job and would not trade it for anything!
Jacolby will be featured in Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Interview by Zoey Joseph | Submitted by Alexis Salmons Nomination & Photography by Pink Lily Photography Texas
The nomination: Despite to all the road blocks that she has come through like bullying, diagnosed with anxiety, bipolar, manic depression and anorexia, Alexis has still beat the odds and is now going to school for her associates degree and culinary arts school as well as models for me. She has a heart of gold and shows that you can accomplish anything no matter what.
How would you describe yourself? Kind hearted, overly caring, and loving. I want nothing but happiness and love for everyone. I never see the bad in people, even when it’s the most obvious characteristic.
What would you say is the hardest thing you have been through? Coming to terms with and overcoming my many disorders, including Bipolar, anxiety, manic depression, and anorexia. I was in the hospital because I had attempted suicide. This was a hard time for me and my family. None of us were sure how to cope with these disorders. I was easily saddened and the simplest things would put me into a depression. I had troubles eating whether it be because I was trying to “fix myself” for a date or because eating made me feel repulsive. I also have horrible panic attacks. They’d become so bad that I’d black out due to hyperventilation.
How did you overcome all that, and has that changed you? After being diagnosed and figuring out my motivation, things started making sense. I would never say it was easy or still is for that matter; I still struggle with my disorders, but they seem less severe now. It is much easier to admire the beauty in life now, like the way the sun rises so beautifully in the morning, how great it smells after it has rained, or how wonderful it feels to make the people around me smile.
Do you think you would ever speak publicly about your experience? I would love to speak publicly about issues myself and others like me have experienced, like mental disorders and bullying. It would be an honor to be able to reach out to others and inspire them with my story.