Maggie Leighton – Massachusetts Nomination by Connor Leighton Photography by Portraits by Frank Issue 67 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Maggie Leighton is my big sister and inspires me, and everyone around her, to work hard, try new things and always be kind. She excels at school, earning a 4.0 and being invited into the NHS sophomore year. Maggie is always on the move, playing volleyball and tennis for school, studying piano, voice and organ, taking dance lessons and modeling. She has a part-time job and finds time each week for charity, working with our Mayor’s Youth Council in the community and making meals for those in need with Lasagna Love. In your magazine, Maggie can inspire even more people.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I am so excited that my brother nominated me! I want to be a good role model at home but I am definitely not perfect! Lately I’ve been really trying to inspire my family and friends to try new things. This past year I entered my first pageant, got a job and tried out for my school’s tennis team (even though I’d never even held a racket!). It can be scary to try something new, especially if you don’t know if you’ll like it or be any good at it. But you'll never know if you don’t try!
What else would you like to talk about? I love talking about the pageant I was in this year. I’d never been in a pageant before but saw the casting call advertisement and it looked like fun, so I convinced my mom to take me. I had four months to get ready and learned so much about how to present on stage, answer interview questions, pick out wardrobe and manage my time. In the end I placed in the top five and am so happy I took the opportunity to try something new to me!
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I would want to talk about why music education is so important in schools. I’m part of my school’s chorus and show choir and used to play saxophone in our school band. I am also one of two students on a committee presenting for a grant to fund our music program. The community and creativity found in the music department is a positive experience that helps shape students’ lives both in school and outside school. It is important that music education be accessible to each student no matter their situation.
Look for Maggie in issue 67 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!