Lily Paul – Indiana Nomination by Stephanie Paul Photography by Lisa Cox Photography LLC Issue 63 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Lily Paul is a tenth grade honor student and JV cheerleader. Her passion is dance, and she dances competitively at The Dance Refinery competing in eleven dances. She dances fifteen plus hours per week at her studio. Lily’s self-discipline and dedication to dance is inspiring to all who know her. She motivates her friends and younger students that she assists at her dance studio by setting an example of hard work, commitment, positive attitude, and always trying her best. She has a goal of attending college, majoring in psychology, and participating in a collegiate dance team.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I feel I am also inspiring because I can show others that working through your fears and staying committed to your goals allows you to accomplish anything you want. I seek out opportunities to improve myself as much as I can. For example, I have attended extra conventions and collegiate dance clinics to improve my technique. Following your passion often means you have to make tough choices, like missing out on fun things with your friends and family, but achieving your goals can be so worth it.
What else would you like to talk about? I’ve always loved working with younger kids, but my assistant job at my dance studio has solidified my desire to mentor children. I know what a critical role strong mentors play in a child’s development. They look up to you and it’s important to lead by example. I can’t expect a student to work hard if they don’t see me working hard myself. I feel passionate about serving in this role because I personally had strong mentors that helped shape me into the strong, disciplined, and happy person I am today.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be? I would want to talk to my peers about the importance of finding your passion. My love and participation in dance has allowed me to express myself on the stage, learn to be organized and self-disciplined, form meaningful relationships with adult mentors, friends, and younger students, as well as be a mentor to young students. Most importantly, my passion for dance had kept me focused on my goals and has been support for me. Having something you are passionate about, whatever it is, can keep you motivated, focused, and out of trouble. I want to encourage everyone to find their passion like I did with dance.
Look for Lily in issue 63 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
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