Presley Connell – South Carolina Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Misty Connell Images by Lindsey Mills of Sullivan Blue & Misty Connell Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Presley is a Freshman at Carolina Forest High School in Myrtle Beach, SC. She has been actively involved in sports since she was 4 years old, starting with cheer, tumbling and softball. Not a day goes by where she’s not participating in a sports function. Presley was the first eighth grader to make her high school Varsity Cheer squad. I would also like to mention that Presley has been a signed model with Sullivan Blue agency with Lindsey Mills and featured in magazines and clothing ads since she was 5 years old. Outside of modeling and sports she’s actively involved in her church youth group every week and is an avid violinist. Presley is a great role model to young girls to strive hard to reach your goals and stay active in your school and community.
When did your career in cheerleading begin? How many hours do you practice? What do you love most about the sport? My career in cheerleading began when I was 4 years old I love it so much because it’s my passion and made me who I am today and has taught me a lot about hard work and leadership. I practice 4 days a week, sometimes 5. I did all-star cheering for 9 years and now I’m on varsity sideline and competition cheerleading for Carolina Forest High School.
Tell me about your modeling experiences with Sullivan Blue Agency. What do you love most about modeling? Working with Sullivan Blue has been amazing for me - I love them so much! I love being in front of the camera but I also love being behind the scenes watching how it works and how being a photographer works.
What magazines and ads have you been featured in? Which one are you most proud of and why? Child model magazine, viv & lou catalogue. I am most proud of being on the cover of child models magazine because it boots my confidence in myself.
How long have you been playing the violin? Who taught you how to play? I’ve been playing for 4 years and was taught by the orchestra teacher of Black Water Middle and Carolina Forest High School. My favorite song to play on the violin is Best of queen.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? To always stay positive and try your best in everything you do and know there’s a reason for everything.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? I would like to go to Clemson University and be a cheerleader for them for 4 years.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? Because I care about other and try to take a stand in what I believe in.
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? Never plan things last minute.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination? I love to go running and hiking
Who do you find inspiring? Gisele Bundchen
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
3 Things on your bucket list? Travel to Greece, go on a cruise for a week, model in Paris
Presley will be featured in Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!