Lexi Blais – Colorado Nomination by Jessica Blais Photography by David Schlatter Photography Issue 72 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Lexi Blais is the Definition of inspiration. At fourteen she was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome and ADHD during the pandemic. Adjusting to her new normal she maintains a 3.7 GPA, competes on an All-Star cheer team that placed top ten globally last year, and president of her chapter of NAHS. Contributing to 10+ other activities and athletics at school, she has won numerous awards. However, Lexi is more than her accomplishments. She is kind, thoughtful, inclusive and a person that pushes you to be your best. A force to be reckoned with, Lexi models hard work and overcoming adversity.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I’m often described as outgoing and talkative, public speaking? I’m your girl. Leading large groups? I got you. Being able to advocate for myself and others is an ability that I cherish and hope to continue to be given opportunities to utilize. Being unapologetically you is the most important quality. It allows people to achieve great things despite backlash or hardships they face. Knowing that I am the only person who lives my life allows me to continue pushing to be the best version of myself. I want to encourage others to be the truest and best version of themselves.
What else would you like to talk about? At Nine years old I injured my knee while warming up to perform. My team would’ve been DQ’d due to us not having a replacement athlete. However I couldn’t let my team down, instead I figured out how to tumble and perform one-legged. I pushed myself to succeed for my team. This competition would lead to my program and I’s first summit ( an invitation only international competition). That competition made me realize I'm truly capable of what I put my mind to and still pushes me to this day to keep adding to my now 26 titles.
What do you feel passionate about or could talk about forever? I love history and could talk forever about it! As a kid I watched documentaries on ancient civilizations and was obsessed with mythologies especially Greek and Egyptian! I also wholeheartedly believe the idea that if we don't learn history, we are bound to repeat it. I currently love fashion history and what social needs formed the clothing trends! I also love the fact that when looking at history, especially with first person sources, it’s evident that humans haven’t changed much. A girl who lived hundreds of years ago struggled with the same concepts as me and that is comforting.
How did you find your photographer,David Schlatter ? What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? David’s been doing my cheer photos for three years now! I Knew he was going to do a great job and we would have fun too! He’s great at getting you comfortable in front of the camera and he came up with so many cool ideas! In one outfit we had real fire, my poor mom was the one who had to light me while he was behind the camera. I was dying laughing! I loved just being able to show up and have fun even if I'd leave with my hair a mess and tired from all the concepts!
Look for Lexi in issue 72 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!