Dasyn Hores - Ohio Interview by Claire Plath Nomination and Photography by Casey Griffin Issue 33 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination:Dasyn J Hores is a senior at Martins Ferry High School where he is president of his class, on the honor roll and a three-sport athlete lettering in Football, basketball, and baseball. Dasyn has received many honors and accolades in all three sports which he has worked extremely hard to accomplish. He is a member at The Experience Church where he serves on the Hospitality Team. In his spare time Dasyn will dress up in superhero costumes for parties or just a face time call to a young boy who is having a rough day. He is willing to go the extra mile to put a smile on a young child’s face. He is an outstanding role model for young kids to look up to.
Photography by Casey Griffin
How have you managed playing three sports, president of your class, and being on the honor roll? Managing sports, grades and meetings wasn’t always easy. I love being a three-sport athlete, I love the competition and the brotherhood that playing sports has given me. In order to play sports, I had to maintain good grades so I knew how important it was to make the time to study and complete homework on time. I also knew that my class depended on me to be a reliable class president. They voted for me so letting them down wasn’t an option.
What has been your favorite memory of playing three sports? My favorite memory was my junior year baseball playoff game. I was up to bat with 2 outs and hit a base clearing double setting my team up for the win. Football is huge in our little town of Martins Ferry so setting the school record for receiving yards career and single season is a big deal.
What are you looking forward to most about attending Wheeling University where you will play football and major in special needs? I am looking forward to playing football. It has always been a dream of mine to play at the college level. I knew I needed a big senior year and to stay healthy to have colleges interested in offering me a scholarship to play. I played more than half of my junior year hurt so staying healthy was a must. I set goals and knew if I achieved them, I could play at the collegiate level. My hard work and determination paid off, so I am overly excited to play for Wheeling University. I am anxious to get started in education as well so I can continue to work with kids. I have a special place in my heart for kids that need the extra attention and are “different”. We are all different in our own way and I want them to know that so I’m excited to teach them to love themselves for who they are.
Photography by Evert Briggs
How have you become a big inspiration to others through your ability to brighten people’s day with your positive and caring personality? I would say that you tend to get looked up to by being an athlete. Just because I am an athlete doesn’t mean that I am any better than anyone else. In high school there were kids that would get made fun of. I was never ok with that so if I saw it or heard it, I stuck up for them. When you get to know them you find that they have a story, we all have a story. You don’t know what people go through behind closed doors so don’t judge. I developed a friendship with these kids, and I hope I helped them get through there high school days.
What do you love most about dressing up as a superhero for parties for kids or to cheer them up, and has it influenced you to want to work with kids in the future? What I love most about dressing up as a superhero is the smiles it brings to the kids’ faces. Being a reason a child smiles is so rewarding. I have one special little boy whom I hold dear to my heart that faces challenges every day and continues to overcome obstacles that he is told he will never be able to do. I may be his superhero, but little does he realize he is mine. He gives me the motivation to push through in times when I am feeling weak or incapable. I couldn’t thank him enough for what he has done for me and I will forever be his number one fan. I would say that having the opportunity to dress up as a superhero for a kid has influenced what career I want to pursue in college. As I know that working with special needs children will be a challenge, I believe that I am up for the challenge.
Photography by Joe Lovell
Tell me a little bit about being a member at the Experience Church and in ways that you serve through being a part of it? The Experience Church isn’t just a church, it is home and we are all family. I am grateful and blessed to have amazing pastors and a home outside of home to be a part of. I serve on the hospitality team every couple weeks with my entire family. We are the first and last faces people see when they enter and exit the church. I am a people person, so I love being able to greet everyone as they come in the doors. I have learned that just a smile can really go a long way.
What advice would you give someone who wants to be where you are today? I would tell them to be goal oriented. Setting goals will help set your mind to where you want to be and how to get there.
Photography by Casey Griffin
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? I have recently just found out that I am really good at shooting clay pigeons.
If you could publicly present any topic to your peers, what would it be and why? I would talk about how to strive to be the best version of yourself every day. We need to focus on being confident, kind and caring. God made us all unique in our own way so love yourself so you can love others.
Dasyn will be featured in issue 33 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!