Summer Daniel - Georgia Nomination by Tonya Daniel Photography by Adaire w/ Amy Honea Photography (above) & Amy Honea Photography (below) Issue 52 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Summer is an ambitious and focused young lady who has her eyes set on her goals and expectations in life. God uses her infectious smile, personality, and empathy to reach others who may be down, lonely or feeling forgotten. She is an Honor student at Evans High School where she completed all required high school requirements and credits by the 11th grade. She is in dual enrollment classes in High School / College where she is completing the required prerequisites and core classes to become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Summer has dedicated her time and precedence to accomplish maintaining her grades which allowed her in the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Summer loves spending time with her friends and family. She works hard and when time allows, she plays hard.
Photography by Amy Honea Photography
What is it like going to both college and high school at the same time? Attending both high school and college has been challenging at times. I started dual enrollment my junior year of high school and I was loaded with college classes and my regular high school classes. I would drive to college in the mornings, drive to high school in the afternoons, and then go to work after. There has been some ups and downs and some breakdowns, especially with figuring out a schedule that works for me. Although it was very difficult in the beginning, it has been the best decision.
What do you love most about your high school and what will you miss most about it? I love my CMA (certified medical assistant) class. It has been such a great experience and has presented so many opportunities. It is so much fun learning all the procedures and skills. For me, I do not think I will miss staying up all night cramming in a bunch of studying for a test the next day, but then again, I do think I will somewhat miss that part of high school. I will miss having friends around me every day. We go through all these years together, through every test, final, etc., they were always there. I will miss the entire high school period. The thing I will miss the most is the high school innocence where everyone just talked and played around and silly arguments over something as simple as a pencil.
What are you looking forward to most about being a full-time college student next year? Since I started college early, I have finished almost all my prerequisite. By next year I will hopefully be attending the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. I am so excited to start this program. I have always wanted to be in the medical field and when I heard of this career, I knew that this is what I wanted. I am most excited about the clinicals that are in the program. I get to learn hands on about something that I am passionate about. That is something I look forward to the most.
What is Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and what does to be a member? Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society is an international honor society for students. They provide opportunities and scholarships for their members. To become a member, you have to receive an invitation and have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Becoming a member of a college honors society while still in high school was a shock at first. To me, being a member means that all the challenges that I have had to overcome were worth it.
What is a favorite activity you do with your family? One of my favorite activities to do with my family are the spontaneous beach trips. Our family hobby is hunting shark teeth at different beaches all of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. I love to go scalloping on the Gulf and hiking in the mountains with my family. Anything we do we can always make it fun.
Photography by Amy Honea Photography
Why did you choose Amy Honea Photography as your senior photographer? What was your experience like before the actual shoot in preparations and what did you love most about it? In my junior year of high school, I would always see Amy’s senior models and absolutely loved their photos. All these girls were just so stunning, and Amy always did so good with the photography. I knew as soon as senior year came that I was going to try to be one of the senior models. I am so thankful I did because not only does she take these amazing photos, but she has also boosted my confidence and with every photo, I have grown to love myself more and more. When I was younger, I competed in pageants, so all the preparations come naturally. It is always stressful and exciting at the same time right before the shoots, but she always makes us feel comfortable. I loved getting together with other girls my age and meeting new people.
Tell us about your thoughts on Confidence and Self Esteem. Due to social media and photoshop, there’s this unrealistic beauty standard for all these girls. I struggle with it myself. It’s a very common subject but in all honesty, I would love to let other teenage girls my age know that they’re not alone and that they are perfect. My whole life I have struggled with my weight and my self-image, even worse now because I am in that age group where everyone cares about how you look. I am still learning to love myself for who I am, but to help other girls love themselves even just the tiniest bit more would be amazing.
What do you think is the hardest part about being a teen girl in general and what advice do you have to other teens? I think the hardest part about being a teenage girl is fitting in and finding yourself. There is so much pressure to be a certain way, dress a certain way, and look a certain way. My advice would be to remember that no one else is you. You are not meant to look like everyone else. Be your own person. Do things that make you happy and learn to love and respect yourself.
Photography by Amy Honea Photography
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? There are so many things that can be considered inspiring. I have participated in many cancer awareness events. My mom works in oncology, and it is so heartbreaking that people have to go through that. I love being out there cheering them on and giving them something to look forward to. I absolutely love seeing the smiles on their faces and trying my best to let them know that they are not alone in this. Another thing I would say that is inspiring is that I try to be the person that anyone can go to when they need help. I try and make everyone I meet smile because so many people go through things, and you can be the reason someone makes it through the day by just a smile.
Tell us more about what you have done at cancer awareness events. What are these events and what are your roles and responsibilities? At the cancer awareness events, they were all about letting those with cancer know that they are not and never will be fighting alone. I have participated in Relay for Life and Breast Cancer Walk, which occurs every year. At these events we would make cotton candy, hand out food, cheer on survivorship and those who have fought and are still fighting. These events are super impactful because it opens your eyes to appreciate and not take for granted the life God has given us.
What leadership roles have you been able to take on as a result? I planned and organized the Inspiring Teens community service project for the 2021 Breast Cancer drive.
What have you learned from working in such a large capacity? After planning our community service project, I have learned that takes a lot of patience for everyone to be on the same page.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? My future. I could go on and on about the plans and the goals I have for myself. I was always taught to dream big and have goals for myself. I know that God has a plan for me but why not have these huge dreams and try to achieve them? I choose my future because there are so many setbacks, failures, but also success in some ways. In my head, my plans and goals seem perfect and easy, but, I know that it won’t be a smooth ride. It is just inspiring to me to hear other talk about their future and all the dreams they have for themselves. It lets people know that there is no practical timeline in life and that it’s okay to have setbacks and to fail sometimes. We have all been there or experiencing it now.
Look for Summer in issue 52 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!