18 Inspiring Students Under 18 (PART TWO)

November 7, 2016

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This is the next installment of the 18 Inspiring Students Under 18. Students around Academy were asked who inspires them on campus. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline

AHN is composed of students who are considered “inspiring.” As seen in 18 Inspiring People Under 18 Part One, although the young women are in different grades, they have qualities that make them an inspiration to all. Below is the next nine students who stand out as “inspirations” on campus:

Anna Marie Yatsula

Senior Jenna Wiley believes Anne Marie Yatsula is an inspiration at Academy because “she is very true to herself and is confident in who she is, which I think is hard to do in high school.”

In addition to her confidence, Wiley notes Yatsula’s passion about her interests, “especially jail,” make her increasingly more inspiring.

Wiley adds “I think she is a very unique person and a really great person to have on your side, no matter the situation.”

Yatsula is notably an extremely passionate person, which makes her a major inspiration on campus. Photo Credit: Olivia Stephens/AchonaOnline
Yatsura (right) is notably an extremely passionate person, which makes her a major inspiration on campus. Photo Credit: Olivia Stephens/AchonaOnline

Joely Barkett

Freshman Joely Barkett is someone who fellow freshman Lauren Jones believes inspires many. Barkett is always cheering people up with her whether she’s simply being kind and positive or she’s giving hugs and spreading her contagious smile.

Jones shares “Joely is selfless in her compassion and always puts the happiness of others before her own,  she’s always there to lend a helping hand or gentle words. Overall, Joely Barkett is an inspiring person and a great friend as a result of her unyielding generosity and amicable attitude.”

Freshman Joely Barket's positivity and all around phenomenal attitude make her an inspiration in the freshmen class. Photo Credit: Lauren Jones (used with permission)
Freshman Joely Barkett’s (left) positivity and all around phenomenal attitude make her an inspiration in the freshmen class. Photo Credit: Lauren Jones (used with permission)

Sydney Sommer

Sydney Sommer is an inspiration to many because “she always goes out of her way to make others happy” according to senior Leila Zupsic.

She adds, “She is super focused on her faith and her relationship with God, which I look up to her for!”

Julianne Nitcher

According to freshman Tara Grey, senior Julianne Nitcher is extremely inspiring.

Grey shares, “She is very successful and devoted to music. This inspires me because I too am passionate about music. She is very kind to others!”

Senior Rachel Tata adds “Julianne is always really bubbly and sweet! She’s very positive all the time which is great. She’s so passionate about her interests too.”

Not only are Sydney Sommer (right) and Julianne Nichter (left) great friends, they're both featured on the 18 Under 18 list! Photo Credit: Sydney Sommer (used with permission)
Not only are Sydney Sommer (right) and Julianne Nitcher (left) great friends, they’re both featured on the 18 Under 18 list! Photo Credit: Sydney Sommer (used with permission)

Ciara Chappell

Freshman Sophie Arnold shares her inspiration in the Academy student body is senior Ciara Chappell. Arnold shares that the senior’s attitude and approach to others and different situations are extremely inspiring.

The freshman adds that Chappell is “so courageous,” and is always there to share advice about almost anything. Arnold notes that the senior is hardworking and extremely enthusiastic.

Ciara Chappell (left) is involved in many on-campus activities including Student Council and swim. Many can thank Chappell for fighting for the new "No Date" policy for Christmas Formal. Photo Credit: Grace Neal/AchonaOnline
Ciara Chappell (left) is involved in many on-campus activities including Student Council and swim. Many can thank Chappell for fighting for the new “No Date” policy for Christmas Formal. Photo Credit: Grace Neal/AchonaOnline

Lauren Lamouette

After her older sister graduated from Academy in 2016, the campus earned another extremely inspiring member of the Lamouette family- freshman Lauren Lamouette. Anne Marie Yatsula is a senior who finds Lamouette to be extremely inspiring.

Yatsula shares, “She’s really dedicated to her academics and swimming- she was one of two freshmen to go to regionals this year. She’s so cool and really polite. She also has a nice smile and is pleasant to everyone!”

Lauren Lamouette was one of two freshmen to attend swim regionals the weekend of November 5. Photo Credit: Lara Lontoc (used with permission)
Lauren Lamouette was one of two freshmen to attend swim regionals the weekend of November 5. Photo Credit: Lara Lontoc (used with permission)

McKenna Weathers

Junior McKenna Weathers is one of many inspiring juniors according to senior Lindsay Calka. The senior specifically pointed out Weathers’ recent involvement in the three-day walk for breast cancer.  

Calka states “She is doing the three-day walk and I want to ask her about it, but I haven’t yet. My fifth-grade teacher did it because she had breast cancer and I think it’s so amazing she [Weathers] is starting so young.”

The senior admires the junior’s dedication to raising money and spending three days to walk for the cure. In addition she admires Weathers’ maturity and reliability, something she’s witnessed through the junior’s involvement in the Teen Leadership Council.

“From an everyday standpoint, I feel she really embodies the AHN motto!” Calka exclaims.

Recently, McKenna Weathers has dedicated much of her time training and raising money for the three day walk. Photo Credit: Facebook.com/Mckenna Weathers
Recently, McKenna Weathers has dedicated much of her time training and raising money for the three-day walk with her mom.  Photo Credit: Facebook.com/Mckenna Weathers

Keri Kelly

Keri Kelly is a familiar name to the Achona staff. The editor-in-chief, according to fellow senior Abby Morris, is quite the inspiration to all.

“She’s very involved in both school in out of school. She’s on Mayor’s Youth Corps, she rows, and she has phenomenal grades. If I ever need help I know she’ll be there, even if that means sacrificing her own time. She’s also very humble. ”

Senior and editor-in-chief Keri Kelly's (right) involvement in and out of school make her an inspiration to Academy girls. Credit: Melissa Leblanc (used with permission)
Senior and editor-in-chief Keri Kelly’s (right) involvement in and out of school make her an inspiration to Academy girls. Photo Credit: instagram.com/kerkell_

Abby Morris

Senior Abby Morris’ exciting and happy attitude is not only her most memorable quality, but it contributes to the reasoning behind why she’s such an inspiration.

Sophomore Charlotte Carl believes Morris’ “positivity always radiates to everyone around her. She brightens up every room she walks into. Abby is always so sweet and such a great inspiration and role model to everyone around her!”

Featured with Anne Marie Yatsula, Abby Morris (left) is an inspiration because of her constant positive attitude. Photo Credit: instagram.com/abby_l_morris
Featured with Anne Marie Yatsula, Abby Morris (left) is an inspiration because of her constant positive attitude. Photo Credit: instagram.com/abby_l_morris

All in all, the students listed are just a few of the role models walking around on campus. From excelling in academics to simply being a cheerful person, students are changing the world one second at a time.  Every student roaming around Academy, however, holds a significant quality making them an inspiration to the world.

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