Kiana Schraufnagel – Wisconsin Nomination & Photography by Roxanne Elise Photography Issue 50 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Kiana started “Reading with Kiana” in 2019. She visits elementary classrooms to read and be a positive role model, sharing how reading and education are the key to success, dreams, and goals. She has donated her childhood books to her community’s “Little Free Libraries,” and opened her own in November 2019. She promotes her Little Free Library via social media, reads live, and encourages donations. Kiana is proud to give free access to books where they are limited. Early in the pandemic, local libraries closed, and reading materials were needed. Kiana made sure nearby Little Free Libraries were always filled.
What else should we definitely know about you? Not only have I started "Reading with Kiana", in the sixth grade I started a Teen Group Support Club at my school "Empowering Teens for Better Self Esteem". We would meet up twice a month and discuss hot topics in our generation and tough challenges we face with social media expectations. Excepting our differences and ourselves. How to live a life without hiding behind camera filters. I create fun self esteem boosting activities we do together as we have discussions. I would also start meetings with a reading that is inspiring that another teen has struggled from and overcame. I have spoke at middle school assembly's on my Teen Group Support System. I sponsor a student each year from my community to receive one book a month throughout their school year.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I am a competitive baton twirler as a soloist and a member of Team USA with my Twirling Corp. We hold several National Championship titles. I am a titleholder with the Miss America Organization since 2019 and I am passionate about doing service in my community and with others. I am trying to earn scholarships towards a Law Degree.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be on and why? I had low self esteem. I was bullied. Cried myself to sleep many nights and changed my clothing to please my peers. I am no longer that girl! I learned to love myself and accept myself. I want to make a difference and continue sharing my story. It is empowering to talk about and the stepping stones to seeing the best version of yourself. By sharing and talking about our differences, struggles, challenges, self goals, and supporting one another we can face each day stronger.
Look for Kiana in issue 50 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!