Cory Brodmerkle - Montana Interview by Claire Plath Nomination by Jessie Brodmerke Photography by Charlotte Rose Photography Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Cory is a good athlete and a good student. She wants to be a future teacher to help the children in her community, so she has always tried her best to be a good role model for them. With her dedications she strives to do her best to succeed with anything she sets her mind to.
How did you become involved in athletics and what is your favorite sport to play? I was introduced to sports at a very young age. I signed up to play baseball with my brother. In First Grade, I started playing basketball. Stepping out on the court for the first time changed everything. I fell in love with the game of basketball. It truly is my favorite sport; I love everything about it. The adrenaline pumping through your body, the excitement of playing, the team bond you grow, being completely exhausted but still pushing to play your best, there is no other feeling. In high school, I participated in Volleyball, Track, and Tennis. I couldn't get enough of sports. Each sport gave me more opportunities to learn new abilities and better ways to show people my faith.
What do you love most about reaching out and helping kids in your community? The most amazing thing is the incredible love and joy the kids share. Love and joy that only a kid can have. There is no other feeling than being stopped in the hall and having to give hugs to classes of kids with a smile on their face. That can turn any bad day into a good one. I had the amazing opportunity to work in the classroom with the teachers and see the kid learn new material every day. One of the greatest accomplishments I have had is being in the class helping a student figure out a problem. I got so much joy when they finally got it and their face lit up with a smile.
How do you strive to be a better person every day through your faith? My Faith has given me the desire to please my Lord. This gives makes me strive to be a better person by making me think about how my actions look to others and how to be more Christ-like. Someone told me that ‘I could be the only Bible someone will ever read.’ So, I pushed myself to tell others and show through my action the amazing grace God has given me. I don’t want to disappoint Him. One day I want to hear my Lord tell me ‘Well done thy good and faithful servant.’ So, until then, I will strive to be in my faith to be a better person. How has your faith impacted who you are as well as your daily life. I grew up in a Christian based family, I get to see every day the love my parents shared for the Lord. When I was six years old, I came to know Jesus Christ as my Savior. My faith has helped me in school it made me feel strong and not willing to be persuaded to fall short of the person I know I can become. Faith helped me make the decision of not going to parties or get wrapped up in drama. My Faith pushed me to be a better teammate, someone my parents would be proud of, to be a better role model to the kids I worked with, but most importantly I didn’t want to disappoint my God.
What is the best advice you would give to someone? To have confidence in who you are. God made you exactly the way He wanted you. He doesn't have ‘oops’ in his vocabulary. Show people the story God gave you.
Cory will be featured in Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!