Hannah Feig – Maryland Nomination by Heidi Isenberg-Feig Photography by Erica Land Photography Issue 51 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Hannah Feig (she/them) has never been an average teenager. Their artistic abilities, both visual and performing, are amazing. They love learning for learning's sake and they are passionate about history, Judaic Studies, and literature. Not one to follow the crowd, Hannah chooses kindness and compassion toward others, even to the detriment of their own social status. Hannah’s ADHD and anxiety can be a challenge at times, but these have also helped them develop a strong sense of self confidence. As a music teacher at our synagogue’s Sunday school, Hannah shares their talent with our community and is a true inspiration.
What should we definitely know about you? I have dermatillomania. That means I pick at my skin unconsciously when I am feeling anxious. I spend a lot of energy resisting the urge to pick at my skin, and even though I know that it is not a healthy way to deal with stress and anxiety, it isn't easy to stop. My skin is not smooth and clear like other kids my age, but my outward appearance is not a reflection of who I am. People see the scars on my skin and judge me on how I look, but that does not stop me from feeling confident.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I hope that I can be inspiring to teens who might feel like they don’t fit in. My ADHD and anxiety often get in the way of my ability to “go with the flow” like a lot of other kids do. I get easily overwhelmed with a lot of noise or other distractions, so I don’t enjoy many things that my peers do. I am also someone who loves learning for its own sake, and the grades are less important to me. Even though it might not be popular, it is important to be true to yourself.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? There are a few things that I can ramble on about, but one that is very important to me is my strong Jewish identity. I have been interested in becoming a Rabbi since I became a Bat Mitzvah four years ago. Even after I left the Jewish Day School I attended for the first nine years of school, I continued to study Jewish history, texts, and the State of Israel. I teach music to the elementary school kids at the religious school in my Synagogue, participate in services, and am co-clerk of the Jewish Affinity Group at my school.
Look for Hannah in issue 51 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!