Haley Page – Kentucky Interview by Olivia Bush Nomination by Renee page Photography by Red Elephant Studio Issue 37 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Haley Page is a bright student and athlete she gives her all at practice and is always making someone smile. She is very outgoing and friendly. When she gets set on something at practice she doesn’t stop until she’s done, she’s very determined.
Photography by Renee page
What or who inspired you to start cheerleading? Who are some cheerleaders or athletes that you look up to? In elementary school one of my friends wanted me to do an all-star team with her and I was like okay that sounds like fun and so I went and I loved it and we had one of the scariest coaches, O’Shea Parker however he has pushed me to be the best I can and he’s still currently my coach and helps with my high school team. A few cheerleaders I look up to are Gabi Butler, Morgan Simianer, and Whitney Hollman.
How long have you been cheering for? What is your favorite memory from your time cheering? I started cheer when I was in 5th grade and haven’t stopped! My favorite memory from cheer is this year in February our team got a bid to go to nationals in Orlando at ESPN Wide World of Sports complex and we worked so hard and received 10th in the nation!
How did the global pandemic impact your cheerleading schedule for the fall? Is there a time that you went without being with your team? How did you push through that? Currently the global pandemic has impacted many cheerleaders throughout the world. My team was supposed to attend UCA cheer camp at Panama City Beach however that got cancelled. Teams aren’t allowed to stunt because we are so close and, in each other’s face, but it sets us back because stunting is a big proportion of our scoresheets. There was a time period that we weren’t allowed to practice or tumble together and that was very challenging , however my teammates and I have been working on the little things such as sending cheers out for sideline and making sure we stretch outside of cheer for our jumps.
Photography by Renee page
What helps you balance your academics and cheerleading? What would be your advice to others who are trying to balance many things like you? My coach is a big help in balancing these two for me personally. She makes sure we are on top of it in class and that we are doing our very best. My advice to other who are trying to balance is to do as much work in the classroom, so you don’t have much once you get home.
What are some goals that you have for your future? What would you like to be when you are older, and would you want to cheer in college? I have many goals for myself in the future such as becoming a cheer coach as a side job of being an Orthodontist and having a happy family. I would love to cheer in college hopefully at Western Kentucky University but I know I have to work extremely hard but nothing is impossible!
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished, and how did you do it? The hard seat thing to accomplish or overcome in cheerleading is an injury. I broke my ankle in 8th grade and was out for a little while and once I got cleared it took time to get back into tumbling and going from no weight at all to bouncing and landing on it. After a lot of workouts and stretching I came back and was ready and became better.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Advice I would give to someone who wants to be in my place today is to never give up, always try your 100%, be the best you can be, and don’t make excuses for yourself. You control everything about you and if you want something there’s nothing stopping you except for yourself.
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Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? In 5 years I see myself halfway through medical/dental school getting ready to become an Orthodontist. Working extremely hard to do the best I can and hopefully move into a house with my spouse.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination? My favorite activity is to play with younger kids, we usually have a mini camp and the kids and I love each other. I also take a class at my Highschool that let’s me go to the elementary school to help educated a class. The students adore me and always say good afternoon Miss Haley and give me big hugs!
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? I don’t really have a hidden talent or at least I haven’t discovered it but I’m good at tumbling!
If you could publicly present any topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? It would be about cheerleading, mathematics, sports, and/or dental hygiene because I’m very passionate about these things and I could never get bored of talking about them!
3 Things on your bucket list Three things on my bucket list is to stay in the medical field or become an Orthodontist and not give up, go noodling, I think it would be fun to catch a big fish, and to grow up and be happy with life and not struggle.
Who do you find inspiring? I find many people inspiring however my mom is the women who has always been my number one supporter and will always have my back. She’s always looking for the best interest in me and leading me in the right directions.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I believe as a senior future possible captain on my cheer team and as co co-captain my previous year many of the new girls look up to me and they strive to be as determined as me. They love to show me their new skills and we get so excited for each other. They know I’m always rooting for them just as much as they are rooting for me.
Anything else you’d like to tell us? Thank you so much for this opportunity!!
Haley will be featured in issue 37 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!