Meet Shelbyville High School 2015 Senior Olivia!
Here’s how Olivia describes herself: ” I am a girl of many different styles. I don’t have any particular favorite clothes brand or style. I like all different kinds of music. I am always smiling and loving. I am a servant leader at our church and I love to pour myself into the middle schoolers that I lead every Wednesday night. I love animals. I have two rescue dogs, a mutt named Maggie and an Irish Setter named Kensie. I also have a very old cat named Rudolph…I named him when I was very little. I love spending time with my family and friends.”
Why Olivia thinks she’s more than just a teenager: “I am more than just a teenager because I have the power and ability to be a servant leader just as any other “adult” does now. There is no age requirement on showing love and serving others in this world. We are more than just teenagers because we will be the next generation in charge. I am more than just a teenager because I have the confidence in myself to change the world just as any other person on this earth can. No one should be defined by their age because we are all different people with all different hearts.”
Leave Olivia some love to help her raise money for Shelbyville Community Church.
What are your favorite activities?
I love to hang out with my family and friends. Family get-togethers and fun Friday nights with my friends are what I look forward to the most. I am also a Middle School Youth group leader at my church and I love to pour into those kids! I also love to paint and draw and hang out with my puppies!
What activities are you involved with at school or outside of school?
I am in several school clubs; such as, SADD, National Honors Society, Art Club, and French Club. I am a cheerleader for both football and basketball, and have been for all four years of high school. I also spend most of my time at the church.
What do you do on a typical night out with friends?
When I’m with my friends, we would normally either take long drives, go rent some movies, and spend most of the night laughing and enjoying each others time and friendship.
What type of music makes you get up and dance?
All types of music can make me want to get up and dance – I was a dancer for 14 years.
Who is your favorite band/music artist?
Too many good ones to chose from.
What movie makes you happy?
Pitch Perfect / Bridesmaids
What movie makes you cry?
What TV show are you addicted to?
Grey’s Anatomy all the way!
Do you have a book you could read over and over?
Firefly Lane and it’s sequel Fly Away
What food does your family cook that you will miss when you go to college?
Anything my mommy cooks in the crock pot.
When you were little, what did you dream of being when you grew up?
A professional ballet dancer, preferably staring in the Nutcracker or Swan Lake. Or a veterinarian!
Who are your role models and why?
For starters, my momma. She has been through so much the past few years and never fails to show her family anything but love and kindness. She is super woman without the cape. She loves me unconditionally and always makes sure I know that I am a beautiful creation of God Himself. Everyone says I’ll look/be just like her when I’m older, and I have no problem with that. Ellen Degeneres is another one of my role models. Her motto is to “be kind to one another” and she spreads nothing but love throughout the world. She definitely has a lasting legacy upon so many people, and who wouldn’t want to be known for that?
What are your hopes/plans for the future?
I would like to attend Anderson University to major in social work and psychology and minor in family sciences. I have always wanted to work with kids. To change lives of so many people for the better has always been something I feel I am called to do, and I believe this is a perfect fit for me.
What do you want people to remember about you when they look back on your senior year?
I want them to remember how I was positively involved with the school. I don’t want to be known as the “mean girl” or the girl who invested herself too much into her boyfriend and lost all of her friends. I want people to look back and say that I was a girl who showed love to everyone, no matter who you are or what your interests are.
What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?
I want to be a servant of God to my full ability. I want to show love to others and impact their lives for the better. To show God’s light to others could change everything about them, their path of life, and their thought process/decision making.