Kennedy Proctor – North Carolina Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nomination by Jennifer Proctor Photography by Legacy Studios and Jennifer Proctor Issue 26 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: "Kennedy Proctor is a Freshman at Charles D. Owen High School. She is a Varsity Cheerleader, is on her High School Competition Cheer team, and she is also a Senior Level 3 athlete at Rockstar Cheer Greenville. Kennedy was voted as the MVP of her Middle School cheer team last season, where she was also Captain of her team. Kennedy has a younger sister with special needs named Isabella. Isabella is disabled, and Kennedy is her hero. Isabella is always asking about her sister and she wants to be where Kennedy is. They share a very special bond and Kennedy does all she can to help and support Isabella. Kennedy is a natural born leader. She has a positive attitude, is humble, and nice to everyone she meets. Kennedy has a big heart. For 2 years, she raised money for Eblen Charities, and helped children in need at Eliada Home for Children during the Holidays. She has also been a junior coach for our local youth league for mini cheer camps over the last 3 years. Kennedy is very talented. She is a level 4 tumbler and she works very hard at the sport of Cheerleading. She has competed at the US Finals in Virginia Beach and the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Disney World. Kennedy is very inspiring!"
Tell us how you got involved with Cheerleading. I began Cheerleading in Youth League at the age of 5 and then I started taking tumbling classes and private lessons when I was 8. Once I gained skills, I began All-Star Competitive cheer teams. I cheered for youth league through 6th grade and did all stars. In 7th grade, I tried out for my middle school cheer team. I cheered for middle school through 8th grade. I was made a Captain of my team in 8th grade and voted MVP for the year. Now, I am a freshman cheerleader on Varsity at my high school and I am at one of the top ten gyms in the world, Rockstar Cheer Greenville.
What is it like being a level 3 cheerleader and a level 4 tumbler? It is amazing. I have worked hard to be where I am. It has taken me several years to get this far. Tumbling is one of my strengths and one of my favorite aspects of cheer.
What is your favorite tumbling pass and why? A punch front round off back handspring tuck because it starts out slow but builds momentum through the pass. Punch fronts are special to me because I remember how excited I was to gain the skill. I absolutely love throwing tucks and layouts as well.
What is the hardest thing you have ever accomplished and how did you do it? The hardest thing I have ever accomplished is overcoming an injury. I had a hairline fracture in the growth plate of my elbow, and I was unable to stunt, tumble, or perform anything that required me to put pressure on my right arm. It was so incredibly hard for me because I wanted to give my all, but I couldn't. I could do sideline cheers, but it was difficult having those restrictions. I had to go through physical therapy which caused me a great deal of pain. It was a long road and I didn't know if I would ever be able to perform at a higher level again. Once I made a full recovery, I gained all my skills back and I am stronger now than I have ever been before.
Tell us about your sister Isabella and what she means to you. Isabella was born with two different conditions in her brain. One condition was operable, and one condition will affect her entire life. She had major skull surgery on her head when she was thirteen months old. She was born with a syndrome that affects her brain stem and her balance and coordination. Isabella is six years old, is very petite, and about the same size as a three-year-old. She will always be small because she has low muscle tone. She is learning how to crawl, but she cannot walk yet. Isabella is very intelligent. She cannot say many words, but she understands everything you say. She communicates with sign language and is always happy despite her condition. Isabella has a great sense of humor and she laughs often.
What do you think a strong leader should be like? Explain your reasoning. A strong leader should be consistent, hardworking, all in all the time, humble, possess a positive attitude, be encouraging and uplifting of other team members, be a team player and ready to follow through with any position or task, be focused, treat others with respect, set a great example, and always be driven.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what are your plans for the future? I see myself driving a car, having more independence, going to App State and hopefully becoming an App State Cheerleader, and taking classes to get my RN for Nursing. After I graduate college, I want to get married and have a beautiful family of my own.
What is your favorite activity that wasn't in your nomination? Well, I really like to dance and I love to sing. I also enjoy playing music on the piano.
Do you have a hidden talent and what is it? I am double jointed, and I can pop certain joints that most people cannot like my neck, for example. Being double jointed is kind of cool though because it helps me to be more limber and flexible.
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? I keep myself organized by staying on task. I have a schedule that I have to follow. I have to stay motivated and most importantly always take responsibility.
What are three things on your bucket list? I want to go sky diving one day, take a trip to Greece, Italy, and Paris.
Who do you find inspiring? Angel Rice. She is a three-time world champion in Cheerleading and the best tumbler in the sport.
What about you inspires others and why do you think you are inspiring? I am a hard worker and I never miss a practice. I put in one hundred percent all the time. I think I inspire others because I treat others how I want to be treated. Even though I can perform on a higher level, I am just an average person. I stay humble because God has given me these abilities and I wouldn't be where I am without Him.
Kennedy will be featured in Issue 26 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!