Kyleigh Dupuy – Texas Interview by Inspiring Teen Nomination and Photography by Angie Read Photography Issue 41 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Kyleigh Dupuy is the epitome of love and grace. Her fearless approach to life is to work hard and love harder. Her curious nature is unrivaled. She is always open to exploring new ideas and try new things. Her love for animals is being fostered by being a member of Klein Collins FFA, where she is raising 3 lambs and a goat! Being a varsity cheerleader allows her persistence to shine through. Her generosity and compassion are demonstrated through community service involvement through National Honor Society and Legacy League. She continues to inspire all who know her!
Photography by Angie Read Photography
Tell us about your cheer career. How and when did you start up until who you cheer for now and what you love about cheer so much? Cheerleading has quite literally been a lifelong commitment for me. I began cheerleading when I was only three years old, and my first coach took me under his wing. He pushed me to be the best athlete I could possibly be and didn’t take anything less from me. I competed on his teams until junior high when I was eleven or twelve years old and I decided to pursue school cheerleading. I was burnt out, exhausted, and getting injured left and right, so my parents and I decided school cheer might be the better route for me. I then moved from the town of Vidor, TX to Spring, TX where I continued my cheerleading career and am still doing so on the Klein Collins Cheerleading Team. I love that cheerleading is my safe space, no matter what else is happening in life I know I can be successful in my sport.
What is one favorite memory from cheer? If I had to choose one, I would say my all-time favorite moment from cheerleading would have to simply be touchdowns. There is no other feeling like watching your friend run into the endzone, scoring a touchdown, then turn to your teammates and seeing everyone’s huge smiles while being embraced in an unforgettable hug. Those moments are memories I will carry with me forever.
Photography by Halle Morales
Please share with us about your love for FFA. What are your roles and duties in it and what is a major accomplishment you have felt as a result of belonging? I have been a member of the FFA since my sophomore year, and I am now a senior. I raise lambs and goats through FFA, compete in CDEs, and I am currently working towards my CVA. I am incredibly passionate about animals, so naturally, I take the most pride in the animals I raise. However, it is not the pretty ribbon at the end of the livestock show that I am proud of. It is my hard work being paid off through my animals behaving as they should during the livestock show, and being able to show off the connection we’ve made as well as the hard work I had put into them the previous months.
Photography by Cheryl Lamey
What is Legacy League and what responsibilities do you have with it? What do you love most about being a member? Legacy League is a volunteer organization created for the bonding of mothers and daughters. As a member of Legacy League, I am expected to attend meetings, attend events like Fashion Show and Legacy Ball, and acquire at least 15 hours of community service. There are two aspects of Legacy League that I especially love. First, I love that it gives me the opportunity to connect with and serve my community. Lastly, I love that it allows me and my mom to spend time together since quality time is easily lost within our busy schedules.
What are your plans for college? For college, I plan to attend Tarleton University in Stephenville, TX. This school targets my passions, animals, and cheer. Tarleton has a prosperous D1 cheer team and has a huge name in agriculture.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? My advice would be to stand strong in your morals and beliefs, and keep your head up because you never know what’s coming your way.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? In five years I expect to still be in college, working towards my doctorate degree to become a certified veterinarian. However, I expect to be working at a vet’s clinic as a technician.
Photography by Angie Read Photography
If you could publicly present any topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? If I had to present anything to my peers I suppose it would have to do with animals because I have learned much knowledge about them and could give a passionate speech.
3 things on your bucket list Three things on my bucket list would be sky diving, swimming in a shark cage, and having the opportunity to travel the world to learn about and see all the different species of animals.
Who do you find inspiring? I find my favorite Ag teacher, Mr. Resendez inspiring, because he never backs down from a challenge and always puts his students first as humanly possible. I’m extremely grateful to have him in my life as a role model.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I think I inspire others due to my hardworking nature, ability to persevere through the hardest of challenges, and nonapologetic personality.
How do you keep your schedule straight when you are so busy? I keep my schedule straight even though I am busy by being sure to lay out all of the day’s tasks and focusing on one thing at a time.
Look for Kyleigh in issue 41 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!