Laney Corlew – Tennessee Nomination & Photography by KEngland Photography Issue 55 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Laney is the definition of inspiring. You will fall in love with her infectious smile and gorgeous personality instantaneously. Her kind spirit will leave an everlasting impression on anyone she meets. The compassion she shows to others is genuinely thoughtful. Laney is hardworking, goal-seeking, and determined. She is a member of National Honors Society, Student Council, FCA, and HOSA president. Laney received her CPR and Trauma Response certification while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She is attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville this fall, where she has been accepted to the nursing program. Laney plans to become a forensic nurse.
What would you most like to be interviewed about? I would love to be interviewed about why I decided to become a nurse! I had a spinal fusion to correct scoliosis at age 13 and experienced firsthand the impact that nurses have on patients and their recoveries!
Tell us more about that and the impact it had on your decision. Having a spinal correction at 13 entailed a five-day hospital stay. I was young, in pain, and terrified. The nurses I interacted with all brought positivity and motivation to my room when they entered. I always ask lots of questions when doing new things and each nurse that took care of me was extremely patient and answered every question I had. I knew after that hospital stay that I wanted to be a nurse so that I could care for and ease anxiousness for someone the same way it was done for me.
What are you doing now to help prepare for this career? I have been accepted to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s nursing program! I also have taken several honors sciences courses throughout my high school career, as well as two health science pathway courses.
What did you have to do to prepare for the CPR and Trauma Response certification? To prepare for the CPR certification, I studied long hours and practiced CPR hands-on. It was a stressful period, especially when it was test time, but I am thankful for my knowledge and ability to save a life if needed! Becoming Trauma Response certified required weekly courses for 8 weeks. My class and I watched instructional videos and then had open discussions about the topics covered. This class broadened my perspective of how childhood trauma impacts a child’s life into adulthood.
Why did you choose forensic nurse specifically? I chose forensic nursing specifically because I want to be an advocate for patients who are not always in the position to speak up for themselves. Everyone deserves to have a voice, even if that person feels weak and helpless.
Why did you choose KEngland Photography for your senior photographer? What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? I chose KEngland Photography for part of my senior pictures because I absolutely adore her work! We had an amazing time on my family farm taking pictures. I love how adventurous Kristen is! A dream of mine was to have pictures done with the cattle I had bottle-fed on our farm, and she got in the pasture with me and made it happen!
What do you love most about being in NHS? Through NHS, I can serve my community in many ways. I love doing service projects with NHS (National Honors Society) because it brings me out of my comfort zone to do things that benefit others. This past fall, our NHS Chapter renovated the landscaping at our high school’s football field. The repairs were much needed, and our fans were able to enjoy them for the football season!
What will you miss most about being on student council? I will miss all the people I met through student council. Our student council is composed of grades 9-12, and the members change every year. I was able to meet students that I did not have classes with and make friendships I otherwise wouldn’t have made!
What is FCA and what do you do in it? FCA is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Once a week, we meet in the mornings before school and have a devotional. The students that attend can cultivate friendships with other Christians and study God’s word. FCA has been the perfect midweek study to motivate members to stay faithful in their Christian walk.
What was your biggest leadership role as president of HOSA? As president of HOSA, I have been responsible for leading meetings, delegating tasks, and coordinating with our club sponsor. My biggest leadership role as president is organizing blood drives! RedCross comes to our school quarterly, and I help our sponsor assign club members to work the blood drive and make sure it runs smoothly.
What is your strongest leadership quality? My strongest leadership quality is my ability to jump in and take charge while staying calm. I believe that every problem has a solution, even if the solution is unexpected and unprepared for.
What have you learned about yourself being in these leadership positions? Through my involvement in clubs and leadership positions that I work extremely well under pressure. Though I do get stressed out, I am able to rise to the challenge and get the job done. I am thankful for these experiences and for the many learning opportunities I had through these leadership positions!
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? In my spare time, I work on my family's farm. The calf in my nomination photo, Daisy Belle, was a calf that was born during a snowstorm. She was almost frozen when my Daddy and I found her. We worked together to nurse her back to health, and she is doing amazing now! I had always liked animals but working with my Daddy to keep her alive gave me a new love for cattle and agriculture altogether.
What is the best part of living on a farm that people who don't may not realize? Many people do not realize that living on a farm gives you an entirely different perspective on life. Hardwork has an extremely different meaning on a farm, and anyone who farms understands exactly what I mean. I learned how to be patient with animals that cannot communicate their needs like humans, and to care for animals and equipment that many do not understand.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? If I were to present a topic to a group of my peers, I would discuss the importance of kindness. Bullying, comparison, and social media impact the way we see ourselves every day. By creating a positive environment and mindset, we can cultivate a better society for the upcoming generation to live in. Look for Laney in issue 55 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!