Kendall Rissler – Kentucky Nomination & Photography by Melissa Sue Francis Photography Issue 50 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Kendall Rissler is inspiring because she knows perception is the key to success. Kendall was diagnosed with Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder and Orthostatic Intolerance, making concentration difficult and her physical body not always able to keep up with her peers. Instead of excuses Kendall sought strategies and now holds a 4.2 GPA, is in two competitive gifted programs for art and academics, a member of the National Honor Society, works a part-time job, and is fostering two baby kittens. Kendall believes if you perceive an obstacle as an opportunity, the journey to success becomes an adventure.
What would you most like to be interviewed about? I would like to be interviewed on what it is like to have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. I used to see ADHD as a curse but now I know it is a gift for the creative and adventurous parts of my personality. It hasn’t always been easy but ADHD is a part of who I am and I chose to shine on my strengths and not shame my struggles. You should definitely know that I love my cats! I love that they have unique personalities and like to do things on their own time, a lot like me.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? Not in my nomination, is that I am proud of myself for stepping outside my comfort zone. I was a shy person who blended into the shadows, made good grades and worked on my art at home. An opportunity for an art piece commission became available and I presented my work and was hired. It was scary but for 30 hours I worked on my commission in front of the public eye. Being exposed with my art gave me the courage to adapt a self-style I always wanted, join new clubs, and not want to hide in shadows anymore.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be on and why? I would really like to present a topic on social empathy and ethics. I strongly believe by having more discussions on tolerance for differing opinions we can help reduce division in our country. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is the key phrase for this type of discussion. Personal beliefs widely differ in the United States but should be allowed to be held and treated with respect. By exploring our individual beliefs, as if they were outside the norm, empathy with regards to safety and acceptance for our neighbors’ beliefs can be better understood.
Look for Kendall in issue 50 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!