Lucy Goodman – Tennessee Nomination & Photography by Jill Hobbs Issue 54 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Lucy is one of a kind. Lucy has spent the last four years of high school serving as Student Council President, and in that role, her class alone has raised over $180,000 dollars to feed the hungry. Lucy maintains a greater than 4.4 GPA while cheerleading for football & basketball and managing the baseball team. Lucy is a go-getter whose greatest characteristic is being a friend to all. Lucy is attending The University of Tennessee, Knoxville this fall to study pre-med in hopes of being a pediatrician.
Photography by Jill Hobbs
Tell us about your role as Student Council President. What do you do in it and what do you love most about it? As class president, I lead my class in many activities and traditions specific to my school. My favorite part about it is the relationships I have built throughout the years. I am so lucky to have been able to interact with every group of people at my school. My leadership role has given me an open line of communication to all groups at school.
Tell us about how you have led your class to raise over $180,000 to feed the hungry. What was your primary role in making this happen? Our school has an annual food drive that student council heads up. The student council is responsible for bringing in those donations and spending the money in the most effective way possible. My Class Vice President and I went to discount stores across Middle Tennessee looking for places to spend all of our donations and get the most out of them.
What have you learned about your leadership style from this experience? I have learned that it’s best to earn people’s respect instead of demanding it. I learned that it’s better to work with people rather than have them work for you. You should never ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.
Share your cheer career. How did you get started, how many years have you cheered, and what are your greatest strengths as a member of the teen? I started going to little kids cheer camp when I was 4-years-old. From then on, I just knew I was gonna cheer. I cheered from fifth grade all the way up to my senior year. Cheer ended a couple of weeks ago for me. I think my biggest strength on the cheer team was being able to keep everyone calm and make friends. Another of my strengths was knowing what was going on in the game.
What is your cheer team like and what is a favorite memory with them? It was a very interesting and different group of girls that all had a passion for cheerleading. My favorite memory with them was when our basketball team won the state championship my junior year. The pure joy of all of us was one of my favorite things I’ve ever experienced.
Photography by Jill Hobbs
How did you come across Jill Hobbs Photography and what made you decide she was the right choice for your senior pictures? What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? Jill’s daughter and I started out in preschool together and were in school together all the way up to eighth grade. We were close friends and remain friends to this day. I knew Jill was right for my pictures because I feel like she gets me. I am not someone who loves taking pictures, but Jill always seems to do it in a way that is fun for me. I always have a great time with her, and I feel like the pictures she takes of me really capture me as I am. We ask Jill to take pictures at all events from Prom to Graduation. She is the best!
How did you decide to be a manager of the baseball team and what are your roles and responsibilities? When I was a freshman, my junior friend asked me if I wanted to do it with her. I was hesitant at first but now it’s my favorite thing I do. As a manager I make and carry coolers of Gatorade to the field, make sure all our med kits and the locker room is fully stocked, tend to any small injuries, and do any other random job our coaches or players need.
How do you do all this while maintaining a greater than 4.4 GPA? I am honestly a very busy person but for me it’s all about delegating my time. Like saying I will do certain homework in between these two things, or I will study for this at this time. It’s a lot of work but I’m surrounded with great friends and family that help me through it all.
Congrats on getting into University of Tennessee! What are you looking forward to most about this new experience? I am looking forward to making new friends and getting involved in school activities. I can’t wait to have a new domain after being at the same school for fifteen years. I am grateful for all I’ve already had, but I’m really looking forward to the future.
Photography by Jill Hobbs
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I have a strong passion for mission work. I was a part of the Goodpasture Missions Team. We served at a children's home in Mexico, and I absolutely fell in love with mission work. As a doctor, I want to do things such as Doctor's Without Borders. I want to help people all around the world.
How did you get to be a part of Goodpasture Missions Team and what is a memory from that trip you will never forget? It was an open volunteer thing at my school. The group was going on a mission trip to Mexico and my Spanish teacher told me I should go. I made the decision to go, and it was the best thing I ever did. One memory I’ll never forget happened at the City of Children children’s home. It’s like an orphanage or a group home. I was with a bunch of the kids, and they started asking me in Spanish if I had a mom and a dad. I told them yes. Then, they started asking me to describe them and they were so excited. It was like they were amazed that I had parents. That was something that shook me when it happened, and I’ll never forget it.
Where do you hope to go to first in Doctors Without Borders and why there? I really want to go to Mexico. My trips there with my school made it very close to my heart. I love it there and want to do anything possible to help them out there.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be? This might sound a little random, but I could talk about football for hours. I love the NFL team the Tennessee Titans the most. I have been going to Titan's games my whole life. There are even pictures of my mom pregnant with me at Titan's games. I like to show people that girls can be girly and still love sports. Look for Lucy in issue 54 of Inspiring Teens!