Gianna DiPasquale - Ohio Interview by Claire Plath Nomination and Photography by Sharon Holy Photography Issue 38 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Gianna is beautiful inside and out! She's a very outgoing, positive person and always find the bright side of things. She makes everyone feel so special and important and loves helping people out. Gianna is a Varsity Cheerleader and has been involved in cheerleading in school and/or competitively most of her life. She also plays for the Varsity LaCrosse team. I consider a teen to be inspiring when you can see the goodness in their heart and that's what I see with Gianna!
What do you love most about cheerleading, and how has it been a passion of yours for the past 12 years? Cheer makes me stay positive and grateful for what I have. Cheerleading also has taught me so many valuable life lessons and traits that I think are so important to have. For the past 12 years cheer is one of my biggest passions. It's always been a main priority of mine ever since I was little growing up. Being so passionate about cheer is something I put my 110% percent in to dedicating.
Tell me a little bit about the unforgettable memories you have made through competitive cheerleading. Over the years I have made so many countless memories in cheer that will last me a lifetime. My absolute favorite memory from competitive cheerleading is my cheer team and I advanced to the finals in Chicago where we competed against other teams around the United States. We performed in front of 10,000 people and won first place. I will never ever forget that feeling I got when I heard my cheer team named 1st place in front of all those people. It’s a feeling you get in the moment that you can't explain.
How has cheer helped you move past hard times by becoming a positive outlet in your life? Cheer has helped me through so many hard times in my life. When I was going through a really hard time in my life, cheer was always there for me. It would keep my mind off things and make me feel like I'm a part of something. Cheer helped me keep going and pick my head up, it made me feel good about what I was doing. Doing competitive cheer helped me become a positive person and helped me shape who I am as a person today. Cheer taught me no matter what be yourself, and express yourself through everything going on in your life. I believe if you have a positive outlook, you will have a positive outcome.
How have the hardships and struggles you have faced made you into the person you are today by growing confident in yourself? The hardships and struggles only made me stronger. Even though I went through major bullying and terrible times it taught me to be confident in who you are, love yourself, stay positive, and you are so special as you are. The struggles were not easy but if it wasn't for all the bullying It wouldn't have helped me become who I am today or how I view things.
What advice would you give to other teens who have gone through bullying to encourage and uplift them? My advice would be never doubt yourself. You are so beautiful and special in everyone, so you need to love yourself. Stay positive and never doubt something or look at the bad, staying positive can keep you in a good mindset to make yourself better and focus on the good things in life. Self-worth, self-confidence, and self-love are more important than you think.
In what ways can your journey to where you are today inspire others to stay true to who they are no matter what others say? My journey shaped me into the person I am today. Staying true to yourself helped me overcome my harsh bullying that I went through. At one of my worst moments in life I thought it would never get better, it did. You just have to remember yourself that you are special, loved and important. Just always remind yourself that it will get better just stick with yourself. All of this helped me become who I am today.
Gianna will be featured in issue 38 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!