Holley Nelson - Texas Interview by Zoe DAngelo Nomination by Jaycob Cisneros Photography by Amanda Stafford Photography
Nomination:Holley Nelson is a very smart, hardworking, beautiful, talented, funny girl who is always on top of her game and willing to get anything done when needed to be.
How did you become interested in music? I was introduced to my 6th grade band teacher when he told me to sign up for the flute instead of my originally intended instrument. He said he had a feeling I would be great at this if I gave it a chance. I didn’t think much of it when I first started out. I was placed in the last chair at my first chair test, but that only fueled me to win the next chair test. So, I worked every single day and played many different genres until the next test where I placed first and held my place until the present day. I fell in love with music for the passion, competitiveness, and family that it brought to me. With the help from Mr. Torch I found this passion for music that still burns into me and I couldn’t be happier.
Tell us about your hearing disease and how it has affected your life and music. My hearing disease is known as, Degenerative Neurological Nerves of the Ear Canal, and it has affected my life in many ways. At first, it caused my life to spiral out of control as I was just being introduced into the world of music as a performer. However, I learned later that it wasn’t a boundary, but an advantage. I learned how to perform using different methods other than just my sense of hearing. I learned that I would always have obstacles in life but with hard work they were never impossible to overcome. My hearing disease will always affect my life, but it will never limit me or my successes.
What are some ways that you are active within your school? I am an active member within my school through the following organizations, Band as the drum major and section leader, varsity cheer and tennis, Chief Editor of the yearbook, Vice President of both NHS and Student Council, and UIL academic competitions.
What are some of your leadership positions you have in your community? I am the drum major of the band, the chief of the yearbook, the vice president of both NHS and Student Council, I volunteer at the local Good Samaritan shelter, and I help during the summer with a local at-risk youth equestrian camp.
Tell us more about your educational achievements. I have academic achieved many things within the last 4 years. I was awarded the presidential academic award the last three years, alongside with the school board academic excellence award. I have received many UIL Academic awards for poetry, science, and persuasive speaking. I’ve been lucky enough to receive straight A’s for my entire academic career and also honors in many individual subjects. Lastly, I have also had the pleasure of graduating college with my CNA, and will be graduating this year with two different associate's degrees and a field of study in Criminal Justice.
Holley will be featured in Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!