Mattie Blum – Georgia Nomination & Photography by MACPI Issue 42 of Inspiring Teen Magazine
The Nomination: Mattie Blum is a star among her peers. She is in the National Honor Society, National Spanish Society, National English Society, Beta Club, FBLA. She has been a competition and sideline cheerleader since the 6th grade. She will be attending Jacksonville State University in Alabama and hopes to cheer there. She works and volunteers with feed Bartow, nw women's health fair, Challenger league for special needs children & adults, and active with her Church.
Photography by MACPI
Tell us about your cheer career - start to finish. I started recreation cheer when I was a little girl. I loved it despite being incredibly shy. I also did competitive gymnastics for about 13 years. In high school I have done competition and football for all 4 years and it’s been the best experience of my life. Cheer teaches you how to work with others and what teamwork is all about. Competition has a rush of adrenaline and has made me learn what hard work and dedication is. In football you get to be into the football game and feel all the emotions and frustrations of the football players and you get all the different perspectives of a Friday night football game.
What is a favorite memory from cheer? My favorite memory is my sophomore year when we went to state and we made it to day 2 of state. It was an amazing feeling knowing all this handwork finally paid off and I got to experience it with people I loved the most and we all worked so hard.
Photography by MACPI
How has cheer helped you overcome anxiety? When you’re doing competition and football cheerleading, you are the center of attention to a huge crowd. This was a struggle for me in the beginning, but I soon got over it. It helped me overcome anxiety and show me it’s possible to step out of my shell. Conquering this fear has given me so much confidence and I am so thankful that cheerleading has shown me what I can accomplish.
How does your struggle with body image and eating disorders come into play? Cheer is a hard environment to be in with body image issues because you are constantly seeing different body types and comparing yourself to everyone. It became a huge issue. I was not educated on how dangerous this mindset could be and I felt trapped inside my own thoughts. I think every teenage girl I have met has struggled with this and they are not educated on why its bad for you and they don’t know how to get out of this mindset and get rid of this disorder. It’s not talked about enough and that’s why I would like to bring light to it.
You belong to a lot of leadership clubs and organizations. Which one is most important to you and why? Which one do you spend the most amount of time in, and doing what? And which one do you hope to leave the biggest legacy, and what is the legacy? I think the one most important to me is Beta club because I had to work hard and keep my grades up to get into the club. Also, we do a lot of volunteering and it helps the community and its one of my favorite clubs to contribute to.
Look for Mattie Blum in issue 42 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!