Interview by Paige Ross | Submitted by Jaci Price Nomination by Carla Gourley | Photography by @BGPalmers Texas
Nomination: We call Jaci Price our ANGEL baby from the day she was born. She is a beautiful young lady inside and out. She is a leader and knows how to inspire many. She is kind, friendly, smart, funny and most importantly a person I LOVE to be around. She teaches me many things from dressing hip to editing pictures on snapchat to doing my makeup/hair perfectly.
She has been on the drill team for 3 years and as a Senior this year she is the Captain. Her passion for dance and her love to perform make her a joy to watch. She is also a host at Chili's Grill & Bar for the last year and a half and is currently serving on Kelli's Council. Kelli's Council is a select group of 45 people from all over the country that provide insight to the President of Chili's.
Jaci is a wonderful big sister to Jordyn - They are best friends and support each other in everything they do. They have done competitive dance together and won many competitions both regionally and nationally. And they got to dance with the Lightwire Theater in the windows of Neiman Marcus for the December 2017 Holiday Season in downtown Dallas.
When I talk to Jaci about school, I realize how SMART she is. I have read many of her essays and sometimes I must look up the words she uses because what children learn today vs. when I was a Senior in high school (1992) is very different. She speaks eloquently and in a very thoughtful way.
Jaci plans on studying journalism and/or communications as well as hopefully joining the dance team at the University that she attends.
I am certain that Jaci is going to continue to do great and creative things in her future. And just a few more words about Jaci - She is talented, caring, intuitive and dedicated in her pursuits. She impresses everyone that she meets.
What is the best part of being the captain of your high school drill team? 1. There are so many amazing aspects of being the captain of my beautiful drill team. I am so blessed to be able to lead a group of girls in my passion for dance. There is nothing like counting them off to walk on the field about to perform for halftime. But it is important to know that being captain is much beyond dancing. I get to form these very close relationships with my teammates and help them grow and improve in their time here in high school. I get to be there for them when they need advice or just a comforting hand. I have so much passion for my team and such high goals I know they can reach. By leading them in dance and in life I know that we as a team can do anything we set our minds to. They are the best group of girls I know and they impact me just as much every single day.
How/Why were you chosen to be on Kelli's Council for Chili's Bar & Grill? 2. Kelli Valade, the president of Chili’s Bar and Grill, wanted to form a council where employees of Chili’s who work in the restaurant can provide their first hand feedback and input as to how to improve the company. Over 400 people across the nation applied to be in this council and only 40 would be chosen. They asked me a series of questions, but one answer of mine they liked in particular was my answer as to what was my best moment at Chili’s. I described the time where we were under staff for a very busy night. I was racing around the store, trying my very hardest to help out any server who was struggling while doing my job of hosting at the same time. That night I received an “Above the Line” recognition, where my manager recognized my hard work. They awarded me with a free meal to take home that night. As I walked outside of the kitchen so excited for my first ATL and a free meal, I see a homeless man sitting in the lobby right next to my host podium. He ha d a total of $2 and requested for only a strawberry limeade though he had made it clear he was very hungry. Astounded with the timing of that moment, I gave him my free meal I had just been awarded. I told him to get whatever he liked on that menu because his dinner was on the house.
What is your favorite style of dance to compete in and how long have you been dancing? 3. I competed for six years and it was my favorite part about dancing. I just loved the nervousness and excitement of going out on stage in our makeup and sparkling costumes. My favorite style of dance to compete in was contemporary. My studio was very big on the emotional aspect of any dance and to evoke a message to the judges and the audience. I learned that when competing, it’s more than just dancing well but telling a story that is impactful. Sounds like you are considering a degree in journalism or communications. Once you graduate college, what are your plans for your future? 4. The question of what I want to do after college is always a scary one. Well since I want to study Communication and Journalism, I would be very interested in working for corporate of any company and handling their media, advertisements, etc. If I want to focus on the more broadcast journalism rout, I am very interested in sports broadcasting. I have a lot of ideas, but whatever I do, I know I will end up where I need to be. In the meantime, I’ll be focused on my studies.
When you are not dancing, working, studying or at school, what do you enjoy doing with your free time? 5. My parents consider me a “busy-bee” because when I am not dancing, working, or at school, I still like to be out and about. My sister and I are very close, she is like my best friend, so I like to go out with her a lot. We will go out to eat, go to a coffee shop, see a movie, go shopping, you name it. No matter what we do, it’s a good time.