Interview by Emma Doughty, Nominated and Images by Providence Pics
The Nomination: “Lily is a Chelsea High School Stingette (dance team) and a member of the youth group at Double Oak Community Church, and volunteers for various community service activities through youth and Beta Club including community clean ups, volunteering at Hannah’s Home for Women and sorting thrift store donations. She also does local modeling in her spare time. She stands out because she is always encouraging others. She is a very inclusive person who really seeks to be friends with everyone. She is told so often by kids that she is kind and she never makes anyone feel excluded. She truly chooses friends based on their character and often is a person other kids seek out to talk to or get advice from. She always tells others to be themselves and be proud of who they are, hold their heads high and look for the positive in every situation. I have seen firsthand how she has comforted kids who were hurting or feeling insecure.”
How long have you been in, and what's your favorite thing about dance?
I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. My favorite thing about dance is seeing the faces of the people in the crowd light up. I’m on my high school dance line and it’s so much fun to get the crowd in the stadium or the gym pepped up! When I see them smiling and cheering, it makes me smile and dance even harder.
What are some of the community services activities you have participated in?
I have volunteered for neighborhood cleanup days. It’s so important to take pride in the places you live and going the extra mile to pick up trash and debris that gets scattered over time. It makes a big difference in the look of the community. I have also volunteered in a home for women and children through my church youth group. I worked predominantly with babies while I volunteered there. I loved giving these hard-working moms a much needed break and who doesn’t love to get extra time holding and rocking a sweet baby? It’s really one of the most rewarding things I’ve done! I have also sorted clothing and toy donations at a local thrift store that uses profits for missions and schools in Africa. I love fashion and thrifting is one of my hobbies. But sorting and helping with donations that are going to a good cause is even more fun that the thrill of a great thrift find!
What sparked your interest in modeling?
I never really had an interest in modeling. It all really happened by chance, but now I’m so thankful it did! We were doing family pictures a year ago and the photographer ended up asking my parents if I could be her teen spokes model. This led to doing all kinds of fun shoots that are themed. We have done back to school shoots, shoots at the fair and gardens as well. It’s a fun way to express yourself and I feel like I come alive in front of the camera. I love fashion as I mentioned before so dressing up and getting my makeup done is fun, too. About 3 months after I started working with this photographer a local boutique asked me to do some modeling for them. It’s like playing dress up every week when I get to go in and look at new arrivals and post fun pictures on Instagram. Modeling has become a huge interest for me and I’m so thankful for the opportunity every day.
Lily was published in Issue 14
Submitted by our members as well as teens across the world.