Hollie Nagy – 18 - West Virginia Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Heather Shanna Nagy Main Photography by Missy Cochrane from MC Photography Issue 19 Inspiring Teens Magazine | Volunteer
The Nomination: Hollie Nagy is a world changer and anyone who knows her would agree. She is a volunteer for the WeCan program and has over 300 hours of volunteering with foster kids. She’s the West Virginia Beta State President and she is a leader in everything she does. She is the president of her school’s Prayer Club. She’s very active in church and her youth group. She loves to sing, and she loves sharing her love for Jesus with others.
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Tell me about your volunteering opportunities you’ve had in the WeCan program. Through the WeCan program, I volunteer at the summer camp and Christmas party, and it is through both that I get to personally interact with the children and learn about who they are. As well as this, I am a performer at their fundraising events. Through these experiences as a camp counselor and volunteer, I have realized that after college, I want to return to my home state of West Virginia and help children in the foster care system.
What is Beta and what are your duties as the West Virginia Beta State President? Beta is a national club that promotes character development, community service, and academic achievement. Beta members are held to a high standard and therefore there are certain academic and service requirements to obtain membership. There are various state conventions throughout the school year and a national convention during the summer. During these conventions, students have the opportunity to compete in academic, art, and talent competitions as well as run for state and national office.
I adore the Beta club because of its members. When I attended my first national convention, I felt welcomed by everyone. I ran for national office and even those who were competing against me became some of my closest friends. I must say that the friendships I have developed through the National Beta Club are beyond compare. I know that the Beta Club is overflowing with real world-changers. I am proud to be a member and officer of such an amazing organization.
As the West Virginia State Beta President, I have been given many opportunities to organize community service events, travel throughout the U.S., and meet many other Beta officers and members. Some of my responsibilities have been to organize meetings and events, give speeches, and represent my club as their voice.
Image by Jake Nagy
Why do you think you are so inspiring? I don’t believe I am more inspiring than others. Everyone can inspire others. I feel that the reason I am considered more inspiring is because I am not afraid to live loudly. I do not apologize for who I am, and I am proud to find joy in all the things I do.
When you’re not volunteering, what do you like to do in your free time? In my free time, I have many hobbies to keep me busy. I am an active member in my church. I go to multiple youth groups, worships services, and I visit churches in my area as a guest singer. My love for music plays a huge role in my life. I am also currently working in my high school’s spring production of Bye Bye Birdie in which I have one of the lead female roles.
Image by Hollie Nagy
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In ten years, I would like to see myself back in my hometown area, providing therapy to and advocating for children who have been affected by the opioid epidemic. After I obtain a degree in my desired field of Developmental Psychology, I would like to work with advocacy centers as a therapist for children who have been abused and/or neglected.
Hollie will be featured in Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!