Kathryn Oelker - Indiana Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination and Photography by Jennifer Dunn Photography Featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Katie plays softball and runs tech for theater. She loves her puppies! She is also an amazing makeup artist! Katie's best quality is how good of a friend she is. She is there through thick and thin no questions asked. I love that about Katie!
The first thing I want to be recognized for is a hard topic for me. It's an insecurity of mine that I have been working on overcoming throughout my life. I have dyslexia. I have dyslexia, and I'm successful in my school work. I might not be first in my class, but that is okay. I have graduated from my Individual Education Plan (IEP). I take and have taken college level class. I have a good GPA. I have dyslexia and I have played varsity softball all four years. The first thing I want to be recognized is that I have dyslexia and I'm a successful student. I want to be recognized for this so that other students with learning disabilities know that they can be too.
I have been playing softball since I was four years old. I probably became interested in softball at that age so that I would have something to do, instead of driving my parents crazy. The thing that kept me interested in softball all these years is how you can put your whole self into the game, no matter what you are feeling. Softball makes you step away from your problems. If you are upset, it lets you focus on something good. You can let out frustration or anger of any kind. Or it is just fun to play with, or against, your friends.
My favorite kind of puppies are the ones that are goofy and light-hearted. I have had two goldendoodle puppies in my life. They are one of the silliest and kindest dogs. They might get pretty big, but everything they do is out of curiosity or playfulness.
My favorite type of makeup is special effects makeup. Special effects makeup (fx makeup) is the makeup style they use in horror movies. Fx makeup is what makes the actors look hurt or creepy. I love Fx makeup because it is another way to express myself and you get to build something scary from scratch. I want to learn more about glam makeup. I can do traditional makeup, but I would like to learn how to do colorful and dramatic makeup.
My plan for the future is to go to Ball State University to receive a Bachelor of science in dietetics. I hope to work with athletes or with families that need help to become healthier.
Kathryn was featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Interview by Caroline Alegado Nomination & Photography by Laura Tusek of Senior Edge Photography Oklahoma
The Nomination: Makenzi is an amazing young lady and would be a great role model for young teens. She is kind, loving, sweet, beautiful, smart and an amazing athlete. Makenzi is currently recovering from a sports related injury that required surgery. She is working very hard in physical therapy daily in hopes that she’ll play during her senior year.
My name is MaKenzi Darnell. I live in Roff, Oklahoma where I was born and raised. I’m a senior and love to play basketball and softball. I started playing basketball at the age of 6 and softball at the age of 4. Since my freshman year in high school I have hit 8 homeruns in fast pitch and 28 in slow pitch. In August of my senior year I hurt my knee during a fast pitch game. I slid into second like I have done many times the only thing different was I hesitated for a split second. The result, I jammed my knee cap into the base and dislocated my knee cap and damaged the cartilage. Since then I have had a micro fracture surgery.
My injury has affected my everyday life. When I wasn’t injured in my free time I would practice on the filed or court. Now that I cannot do that, I just go home. How I preserve is by working my best to try and get on the field and court.
My team has helped me through my injury by always being there for me through the hard times. They are always looking at the positive side and guiding me the right direction. I am also an active member in student council, National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Advice I would gibe to others is always look on the positive side of every situation. God always has a plan. My goal is to be patient and work hard to be able to get back out there!