Jaela Roberson – Texas Nomination & Photography by Angie Read Photography Issue 50 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Jaela Roberson - Despite entering the world as a preemie weighing only 4lbs, and going through numerous health issues, Jaela never let anything stop her from excelling in her academics or personal life. Her leadership skills are awe inspiring. She has the ability to command her audience with her award-winning smile. This is the reason she was selected as captain of her freshman cheer team and is currently the captain of her Varsity cheer team. Her zest for community service is also inspiring as she loves volunteering and giving back to the community through avenues like Angie Read Photography's Power Team, Girl Scounts, and Legacy League, Inc. She is witty, funny, silly, fun loving and a free spirit. She is definitely an Inspiring Teen!
Photography by Angie Read Photography
Tell us about the Legacy League and your role in it. Legacy League is an organization to enrich mother-daughter relationships and to engage in charitable service.
What has been your favorite badge to earn in girl scouts and why? My favorite badge to earn was my Silver Award. Our troop made comfort toys for dogs in shelters that were hand sewn by us.
What do you love about being on Angie Read Photography's Power Team? What have the experiences been like? What has been your favorite memory so far? I love the Power Team because it represents strong girls who love philanthropy and photography. My experience has been fun. My favorite memory thus far has been the fun beach shoot and self defense class.
Photography by Michaela Roberson
What else would you like to be interviewed about? I would like to be interviewed about how I could change the current state of the world. You should definitely know that I am a hard working young lady striving to succeed in today's society. You should also know I love volunteering with several different philanthropies. I also have a passion for education which I plan to major in and teach elementary level children.
How could you change the current state of the world? By recognizing the humanity of others and respecting their dignity. The world needs more kindness and tolerance.
Tell us about the volunteering you do. Which one do you spend the most amount of time with and why? I have volunteered over 100 hours. I spend the most time at Paradise Springs a retirement community for the elderly calling bingo games! I love seeing the joy in the residents faces.
What leadership skills have you developed through these organizations? Communication, empathy, problem solving & teamwork
Photography by Michaela Roberson
What type of education do you plan on going into and why do you think that will be the best fit for you? Elementary education because I am going to love molding little minds.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? The love I have for Jesus! As well as the passion I have for writing. Writing allows me to express myself and my creativity on another level. And finally, I love to dabble in cosmetology because I love to uplift teens and make them feel beautiful.
Tell us about your journey with Jesus. Jesus is my Lord and Savior and when I feel like the world is closing in I turn to Him.
What do you like to write about most and in what form? Myself and descriptive writing.
Photography by Michaela Roberson
What has your cheer career been like?What is a favorite accomplishment from cheer? It has been a blast. Being able to do a perfect toe touch.
Do you like doing hair or makeup better and why? I like doing hair better because I like creating different styles.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I would present the topic of social injustice because discrimination is very prevalent in today's society. I feel every individual should be treated fairly without discrimination.
Look for Jaela in issue 50 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Brooklynn Lowe - Texas Nomination and Photography by Kristi Pennington Photography Issue 49 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Brooklynn Lowe is an Inspiring Teen because she is truly such a ray of sunshine! She has such an infectiously warm, bubbly personality and is just a joy to be around, with the best giggle!! Brooklynn is involved in both school and competitive cheer. She is very involved with her church and works with special needs children. Brooklyn enjoys art, going to the lake with her family, and spending time hanging out with her friends. Brooklynn is inspiring to me, and I know she's going to make such a positive impact on our world!
What else should we know about you? Like they mentioned in my nomination I am very busy with competitive cheer and school cheer as well as volunteering at church with special needs children. With all that being said I have had to learn to balance having such a busy life. I believe that the guidance I have received not only from my parents but also my friends and family have taught me the skills need to balance my busy lifestyle and have prepared me for my future.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? (100 words or less) I also participate in NHS for my school, which gives me abundant opportunities to help and volunteer in the community and in my school.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I honestly think that being the age we are, we have become comfortable with the friends that we have and groups we associate with, I am really passionate about putting myself out there. It hasn’t always come naturally to me since I used to be the shy girl with only a few friends, which is why I feel like I could talk forever about the importance of including people and creating safe, no-judgment spaces, where kids can not only make new friends but also go out of their comfort zone and branch out to bigger and better things.
Look for Brooklynn in issue 49 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Addison Decker – Texas Nomination by Cori Corcoran Photography by Carli Layton Photography Issue 49 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Addison Decker inspires all who know her. She has a heart for serving others which shows through her kind and thoughtful personality. During her younger years, Addison experienced cancer in her leg but has overcome it and is a survivor. In fact, she currently high jumps competitively and dances through local charities to raise funds for those in need. Miss Decker enjoys volunteering at local nursing homes and throughout her community. She also loves mentoring young women through sharing her testimony. She consistently puts others first, strives to be her best, and is an all around inspiring young woman.
Photography by Carli Layton Photography
What would you most like to be interviewed about? I would most like to be interviewed about how important it is to "pay it forward." In the third grade, I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. They performed surgery to remove a portion of my thigh, and I underwent numerous procedures and tests including chemotherapy. During this time, my hometown came together, and people helped raise money for my medical expenses. It inspired me to do the same, and I have organized fundraisers for people who have had cancer and rare medical conditions. I want everyone to know how important it is to help others during their time of need.
Tell us about the fundraisers you've created in general. Two of the fundraisers I’ve created were “beaded bracelet” fundraisers. Every year my hometown puts on an event called “Cruisin’ the Brazos,” and for the last couple of years, I have set up a booth for kids to come and make beaded bracelets. Recently, I organized a dance fundraiser at our local fitness center and used social media to spread the word about the event. I taught a dance to a song called “You’re Worth More Than Gold” and we videoed it, along with positive messages from the girls that attended and sent them to the little girl who has leukemia. I also talked to them about how important it is to be a good friend when the little girl return