Sophie Uwins – California Nomination & Photography by SOZY Pencils Issue 75 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Sophie Uwins is the epitome of an inspirational teen as she has accomplished the following by 10th grade: 1) Entrepreneur, started a business called Sozy Pencils in 2019 with her twin by inventing a writing instrument. 2) Academically, one of the highest performers in her grade who takes AP & honors classes, and is in The National Honors Society. 3) Competitive athlete, plays #1/2 singles on the Varsity Tennis Team, awarded MVP of her League and team, plays competitively at USTA tournaments, and chaired co-captain for the 2024 season. 4) Humanitarian, by volunteering each summer to help special needs kids.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? 1. I am an ambassador for my high school where I give potential families a tour around the campus. I love giving back to my community and sharing what I love about my school.
2. I am going to be a ball girl in the BNP Open. Tennis has been a passion of mine ever since I was young, so being on court with professional athletes is a gift.
3. I am genuinely a kind person who loves to help people. If I see someone who is struggling, immediately I will go and bring joy to their day.
What else would you like to talk about? Sozy Pencils, a stationery business that my sister and I created, has been a journey that I am forever grateful for. We started Sozy Pencils in 5th grade as we thought of a simple idea that would help students in school. After we realized that our product - a pencil and highlighter in one - did not exist, we knew that this would be a great addition to the stationery world. We then embarked on a tough journey where we designed, marketed, and refined our idea to make the perfect product. Our business is in 60+ stores nationwide and has grown tremendously!
What do you feel passionate about or could talk about forever? One of my passions is tennis since I was young as I have fallen in love with this sport. From watching tennis on tv to playing it in person, I can not get over how beautiful it is. From the feeling of making contact with the ball to serving an ace, this is something that I will love forever. No matter how many bad days I have, tennis has always been an outlet where I can clear my head. Each day that I step on the court I am ready to improve and be the best player I can be.
Look for Sophie in issue 75 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!