Peyton Fearin - Texas Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination and Photography by Kingston Photography Featured in Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Peyton is a beautiful girl but her true beauty shines from within. She is a loved by her peers and is kind to everyone she meets. She is a youth leader at her church and loves helping with the Special Olympics. She is a member of the National Honors Society at Prosper high school. It is a 6A school, so you can see how competitive that is. She has been on the PHS cheer team all four years of high school but has been cheering most of her life. She also coaches youth cheerleading at PYSA. She is involved in several high school clubs and various volunteer activities in and outside of school.
Tell me about your involvement with the Special Olympics and your favorite part about it. As a Prosper cheerleader, we attend Special Olympics every year to help support all the athletes who compete at the event. I love being able to work with and get to know all the people attending the event. It truly is a heartwarming experience and very eye opening. It has taught me to look at situations with positivity.
How did your career in cheerleading begin? I started cheering my freshman year of high school after doing competitive cheerleading for one year. After being a gymnast for ten years, I decided I wanted a change, so I chose to cheer. I am extremely happy I decided to try out for cheer because I have made lifelong friends and memories.
How do you keep yourself organized and earn yourself a position in NHS with all your amazing extracurricular activities? The National Honors Society is an extremely prestigious program with rigorous requirements to be inducted. I really pushed myself to stay on top of my grades, do community service, and make myself a prominent figure at school in order to get into NHS. I’ve had to learn to balance school, cheer, and work in order to achieve being in the program.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In ten years, I hope to be working in the medical field as a Trauma Nurse! My goal in life has always been to help others and the medical field is the perfect place to do it! I hope I am happy and surrounded by people who love me and support me.
Do you plan on continuing with cheerleading? Why or why not? Although cheerleading has given me the memories and opportunities, I will not be continuing my career. I have suffered many injuries in which prevent me from doing what I love. Therefore, I chose not to cheer at a collegiate level.
Peyton will be featured in Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Zach Smith Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination & Photography by David Hamrick Photography Texas Issue 15
The Nomination: The very first thing we noticed about Zach Smith was how polite and respectful he is. He has a servant’s heart and loves working with others. He’s a great leader. He has worked with the special needs kids, including their special Olympics. He is a currently involved with P.A.L.S. (Peer assistance and leadership) at school which is a mentor program for the youth. Zach has been involved with theatre arts since the fifth grade, even winning best actor in UIL competition his 8th grade year. Even though his schedule didn’t allow him to take theatre arts this year, he still volunteered his time and helped with the annual haunted house. He is active in Football and Basketball, but Zach’s biggest passion is baseball. He aspires to play college ball and obtain a business degree and hopefully start his own business one day.
Tell me about P.A.L.S that you are involved in at your school. P.A.L.S. is a program in which you help kids from Kindergarten all the way up to 8th grade. You help them with schoolwork and spend quality time with them learning about them as they learn about you and build a relationship with the kids. It is a guidance program to help kids with struggles. It is an amazing program.
Why do you think you are so inspiring? I feel like I am a strong leader and follow what I believe in even if it goes against what is normal, I like letting people know how important they are, and I have a strong work ethic.
What are your favorite sports and why? I love baseball because it has helped me realize how much a team can impact you for the better and I think that in life as in baseball, you may fail a lot, but it teaches you to handle adversity and try harder to better yourself and those around you.
How did you become interested in theatre arts? I was in 7th grade when I first tried my hand at Theatre Arts, I really loved it not only because of the plays and rehearsals but the relationships you build with those involved. You make many new friends while bringing a play to life and putting on a show to entertain and audience is truly an amazing experience.
What are your plans for after graduation? I plan to go to college and get my business degree while playing college baseball and then start my own construction business.
Zach was published in Issue 15 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.