Kenzie Goldsmith – Illinois Nomination & Photography by Katie Fina Photography Issue 61 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Kenzie Goldsmith is an inspiration because she is kind-hearted, humble and goal-oriented. She plans on studying Elementary Education in college (most likely at the University of Kansas) and we all know that teaching is an under-appreciated profession. I know first-hand as I am an elementary teacher as well as a photographer. Kenzie showed initiative when she emailed me to be a Class of 2023 senior model. She stated that she didn't really know how to model, but she was a natural in front of the camera after she got comfortable. I was so excited that she chose to hire me for her custom senior session! Kenzie participates in cheerleading at her high school; lives a very active, healthy lifestyle; babysits when she has free time and is also a brand rep for Gilly Hicks. Kenzie also said her mom is her biggest inspiration in her life. I am lucky to have met Kenzie and her mom and I hope to continue to a friendship with both of them in the future.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I have a love of children, and love helping them learn, and encouraging them to feel good about themselves. Which is why I want to become an elementary teacher. I am also involved in two different cheer programs for elementary-aged children in my community. I volunteer at one and another is a paid position of teaching kids cheerleading moves and the importance of working together as a team.
What would you most like to talk about? Children! How they can make you feel better and loved - even on your worse days. How bringing out the good in them, helps bring out the best in us. They have so much to give and so much to teach us about being outgoing and about how to persevere - Which unfortunately are skills that as we age, we can struggle to keep. There is something so welcoming about the way they are able to say "HI" to almost anyone they meet.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? How we need to be sure we are taking time for yourselves and our own mental health concerns. We are under a lot of stress and have a lot on our schedules with school and extra curriculars, and sometimes it can be overwhelming and cause us to want to hide and pull away. But being open with our peers, friends, teachers and parents about how we are feeling can help us create a support system that will remind us that we are not alone and that we will get through this and get to the next chapter in our lives.
Look for Kenzie in Issue 61 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!