Brianna Logsdon Interview with Zoe D’Angelo Nomination & Photography by Tammy Howell Kentucky Issue 15
The Nomination: Brianna Logsdon, from Pleasure Ridge Park H.S, has been a member of my Senior Portrait Rep Team since the spring. Her smart, witty humor makes all our sessions memorable. She's had a lifelong love of sports like softball, volleyball, and bowling and is active in helping special needs kids enjoys sports as well. She is a leader of a new school club to support and raise funds for Special Olympics and participates in Unified Bowling, where she partners with a special needs athlete. She's had to overcome many obstacles thrown in her path, but she's done so with an amazing attitude and is an inspiration to her teammates.
Tell me about your Senior Portrait Rep Team:
Our rep team is orchestrated by photographer, Tammy Howell. Tammy is truly amazing and never fails to make you smile or laugh at just the right times. She works hard to make sure that our photo sessions are the best whether it’s helping us choose our outfits or picking just the right place to take your pictures or making sure that every last-minute detail is perfect just before the pictures taken.
How did you become interested in bowling?
I grew up in a family where bowling was a big sport, so as a child I couldn’t remember a time that I wasn’t in the bowling alley. From there I just grew an interest on my own with the sport. I started bowling around the age three and took a break for five years between ages of 10 and 15, and then started back up again my sophomore year of high school. Bowling is really an amazing sport which allows me to build bonds with people that I could’ve never imagine myself building a bond with, given me leadership skills, and it personally just give me an outlet from the world around me.
What has the role of team captain meant to you?
It all started my Junior year of high school when the bowling team named me team captain. Being team captain helped me understand responsibility and that it’s not an “I” game but a “team” game. I learned to look out for the interest of everyone and not just myself. Today I started the idea that it is okay for special needs students at PRP to bowl with our teams. At PRP we have several unified sports and strive to let our special needs kids have the same opportunity as any other student at our school. At PRP I am one of two leaders of our club, Inclusion Revolution, where we organize fundraisers to help pay for things such as the kids sports and equipment and organize activities such as peer tutors taking the kids out to a basketball game, a movie or anything just to get them out of the house and hang out.
What are some ways you get teens involved in their community and help?
I encouraged teens to get involved in their schools as there’s so much that you’re capable of doing and your own school, your community. I personally took a strong interest in building relationships with the special needs kids at my high school, Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP). I have opened the door to allow special needs kids to bowl with our high school teams and allowed them to have the chance to bowl in the KHSAA Unified Tournaments.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to attend a four-year college where I will major in Chemistry and minor in Criminal Justice. With my chemistry degree I want to work in forensic sciences or in a medical research lab, researching ideas that could help special needs kids and adults live a more comfortable life where they can be treated just like anyone else. I also plan to bowl at which ever four-year college I may attend.
Brianna was featured in Issue 15 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.