Sophie Gass - Pennsylvania Nomination & Photography by Photography by Alessa Issue 73 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Sophie Gass doesn't hold back when it comes to inspiring others. Sophie's kindness and empathy for others is contagious - you can't help but want to be a better person after spending time with her! Outside of excelling in school and playing varsity volleyball, Sophie's passion is helping others. Sophie spends her extra time as a church youth counselor, volunteering with the Audubon Society as a camp counselor, and organizing events to support those suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. Sophie's passion for helping others doesn't stop there- she looks forward to a career in speech and language pathology. What an inspiration!
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I believe that kindness matters. In fact, I find that kindness is usually what leaves the most lasting impression. When I act out of kind intensions - the outcome is always defendable. Kindness is also contagious. It is one thing that grows with a simple gesture or statement. While some find being characterized as 'kind' as weak, I find it inspiring. Kindness is a trait that I embrace and willingly own.
What else would you like to talk about? While I have joy in my life, I am also a typical teen who has faced challenges and heartaches. I have faced disappointment, break-ups and times of sadness. While I would never wish these moments on others, I do believe that these experiences have given me hope. A saying that I live by is, "This too shall pass." I know that a feeling is only temporary and that by working through it, I am stronger. I would hope that my experiences would inspire other teens to keep moving forward and to recognize that the story is not over yet.
What do you feel passionate about or could talk about forever? Since I have been young, I have been passionate about working with children. I currently work in a preschool setting at my high school and it is a highlight of my day. Children bring joy and find the bright-side on almost everything. Their excitement and innocence are refreshing and a reminder on what is truly important. Children are a window to our world's future and I feel that educating and building values in children is one of the most important jobs in the world.
How did you find your photographer? What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? My cousin used Alessa as her photographer for senior pictures in 2023. I was amazed at how Alessa was able to capture my cousin as a "person." I traveled almost an hour to meet Alessa. It was the first time I met her, but it was as if she knew me already. I loved that my session was filled with laughter and, despite the craziness of senior year obligations, I got to spend time with my mom. Alessa allowed me and my mom to have time to enjoy each other. I loved that the most about my senior picture experience.
Look for Sophie in issue 73 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!