Katelyn Bradshaw - Missouri Nomination & Photography by Switch Focus Studios Issue 61 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Katelyn Bradshaw - I have been photographing her and her family for years. I have enjoyed watching her mature into a young woman and I am inspired by her love for Family! This family is close and they have so much fun together. They always include their FUR baby Nicole into photos and they treat that dog like a family member. Katelyn is wise beyond her years and she has her priorities set. She is a joy to be around and I can't wait to watch her spread her wings and fly! We need more young people with a heart like Katelyn!
Photography by Switch Focus Studios
How did you find and why did you choose Switch Focus Studio for your photographer? When our photographer was just starting out, she worked with my mom in another industry. Once she decided to be a photographer full time, we had her take our family’s picture. We loved her energy and how the pictures turned out. She has been our photographer for the last 12 years!
What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? Diana always comes up with very unique location to take our pictures. She has a vision and is so talented and very easy to work with.
Tell us about your family and where you fit in. Where do you stand out? I am the baby of the family. I have one older brother who is away at college. We both have our endearing qualities, but I would say I am more artistic than my brother.
What is your favorite family memory? My favorite family memory is our trip we took this last summer to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Our goal when we left was to see a bear in its natural environment. On an early morning hike, we saw a black bear enjoying its breakfast of berries! It was a sight I’ll never forget!
Photography by Switch Focus Studios
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? My love of vocal music is something that has inspired me to work hard and try new things. I've learned that in order to succeed you must sometimes step out of your comfort zone, be persistent and practice! I am starting to see the benefits of my hard work. I am very proud of my academic success and equally as important the wonderful friendships I've developed in high school. I believe that my strong work ethic and dedication to being a good person will help me succeed next year when I head to college.
What type of music do you love most to sing? I love all kinds of music! In my honors choir, I’ve been exposed to all different kinds of music. I really enjoy singing songs in foreign languages- especially Italian. I also love to sing Disney songs and songs from movies I love- the songs I’ve grown up with.
Do you have a favorite go-to song and if so what is it? Somewhere over the Rainbow- I am a big Wizard of Oz fan.
What opportunities have you had as a vocal musician? Our choral director does a great job of giving us opportunities to showcase our talent. Last Easter, our choir sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City. I was a once in a lifetime opportunity to sing in such a historic venue. A memory I will never forget!
Why is academics important to you? Academics is important to me because I know that learning and getting good grades will help me achieve my goals. I know that the skills I’ve learned in high school will help me excel in college.
Tell us about your friends and what you like to do together. I have the best friends, many of them I’ve had since elementary school. We love to go to football games, go shopping and just hang out.
How would your friends describe you? Happy, energetic, funny. Someone who would do anything to help a friend.
What else would you like to talk about? I'm very proud of my achievements through high school. I'm in the top 10% of my class, a member of National Honors Society, IB Spanish, Sounds of Summit honors Choir and all District Choir. I am a member of the Lee's Summit High School women's swim and dive team, Lee's Summit softball and Windsboro Waves summer recreational swim league.
What has your favorite service project in the NHS been? Recently we had a large group of kids participate in a local highway clean-up. I enjoyed helping beautify our community and spending time with my friends. It’s amazing what you’ll find on the side of the road!
Photography by Switch Focus Studios
What is IB Spanish and what do you do in it? IB Spanish is short for International Baccalaureate Spanish which is an honors class with accelerated pace and a more in-depth instruction. This is my fifth year of Spanish and we focus on learning through conversation and studying Spanish culture. I’m also a part of the Spanish National Honors Society.
What has been a favorite memory from Sounds of Summit honors choir? I’ve enjoyed the outreach to the local elementary students. We when go to the elementary schools and sing for the kids it helps create interest in choir. The success of our music program is dependent on the new students that enter middle and high school. This type of outreach is how I became interested in singing many years ago. I heard this choir sing many years ago and I told myself that I would be a part of that group when I was old enough- and now I am.
What has been a favorite accomplishment from the District Choir? Trying out and making district choir is an accomplishment in itself. Over 30 schools send students to try out for this one mass choir. I wasn’t going to try out because I wasn’t sure if I would be selected. Luckily, I was able to set my nerves aside and go for it.
Tell us about your swim and dive career. My parents knew that swimming was an important skill to have and started me in swim lessons when I was 6. I loved being in the water and asked to join our neighborhood recreational swim team when I was 8. I had so much fun and many of my friends were also on the team. Then in middle school, I joined a competitive swim team and learned how to fine tune my strokes and improve my time. When I went to high school, I joined to girls’ swim team and now I’m in my last year.
What position do you play in softball and what do you love most about it? I’ve played softball since I was 6 years old. My favorite position is left field, but I play wherever I am needed. I love the competition and the friendships I’ve made over the years.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be? I would love to talk about school/ life balance. Academics is so important to help you achieve your goals, but not at the expense of living the best teenage life. Time management and muti-tasking in the high school environment is a skill everyone should learn, and I believe I've mastered it!
What is the hardest thing you have ever accomplished, and how did you do it? What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Work hard and put the time into something you love- that’s how you excel!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? Finishing my last year of college. I’d like to find a job that I can utilize my journalism degree.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that was not in your nomination? Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
3 Things on your bucket list To go skydiving To see the Eiffel Tower To see the Chiefs play in the Super Bowl in person
Who do you find inspiring? My mom is inspiring to me. She has taught me to work hard and always be myself. I’ve learned a lot from my mom and I am very grateful to have her in my life.
Look for Katelyn in issue 61 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!