Such Great Senior: Katie

Meet 2016 Senior Katie!

Here’s how she describes herself: “I am a very unique person. I prefer books to movies. I am very involved in the Latin community. I enjoy planning events, volunteering and singing. I preform in my school’s choir. I enjoy rainy days and love it when it snows. I tend to be a romantic at heart. If I am not nose deep in a book, I enjoy spending time with my family.”

Why Katie thinks she’s more than just a teenager: “I am more than just a teenager because I’m me. I’m unique in my own way. I have my quarks that make people laugh at me and my sense of humor that is usually way off point. I don’t pretend to be someone else. That is way too hard an no fun at all. I do what I love and I am not afraid to go for it. By being me I become more than a teenager!”

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Such Great Senior: Katie

What are your favorite activities?

Reading, singing, sewing, taking photos, soccer

Such Great Senior: Katie

What do you do on a typical night out with friends?

Typically we would just hang out and talk all night. We sometimes will go see the newest movie out in theaters and just have fun together.

Such Great Senior: Katie

What movie makes you happy? What movie makes you cry?

Happy – Hallmark Movies / Cry – Movies where someone dies or a pet dies

Such Great Senior: Katie

What TV show are you addicted to?

CRIMINAL MINDS! Basically any crime scene show I will watch. I have also got drawn into Project Runway and America’s Got Talent.

Such Great Senior: Katie

Do you have a book you could read over and over?

Independence

Such Great Senior: Katie

When you were little, what did you dream of being when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a vet or work with animals in some way. I have always been attracted to animals and helping others.

Such Great Senior: Katie

Who are your role models and why?

My main role model is my mom. She does everything and still manages to find time for us. She understands me and has been so much time with me that I don’t know what I will do without her next year. She has helped me become the woman I am today.

Such Great Senior: Katie

What are your hopes/plans for the future?

I plan to attended Mount Saint Joseph University for Nursing. I hope to become a registered nurse and help as a floor nurse in a hospital.

Such Great Senior: Katie

What do you want people to remember about you when they look back on your senior year?

I want them to remember all the times that we have had together. Whether it be good or bad times, it is what made us who we are and for that I am grateful.

Such Great Senior: Katie

What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?

Everyone wants to leave something for the world. however I want to affect the people in this world. I hope to give them hope where they may normally not have it. I want them to look back on a sad part of their life and instead smile and remember all the good that came out of it.

Such Great Senior: Laura

Meet 2015 Senior Laura!

How Laura describes herself: “I guess I’m pretty quiet, but once you get to know me I can’t stop talking!! I really like cats and all animals for that matter and I hope to become a children’s doctor or a vet someday! I was born in North Carolina and I love it there!! My dream school is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! I have cheered for about 5 years and I enjoy it! I really wish I danced though! My role model is my aunt Laurie who just passed away a year ago, but I live each day for her and the many others of my family!! I love being outside and I couldn’t imagine living without rain and snow!!”

Why Laura thinks she is more than just a teenager: “I have knowledge from experiences that make me strong and independent! Just because I’m young doesn’t mean I don’t understand life yet or I’m useless. I have helped a parent recover from a brain injury my sophomore year alone. I have experienced family deaths and Alzheimer’s of my grandma and I am still here and strong! I am more than a teenager, I am a strong women!”

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Such Great Senior: Laura

What are your favorite activities?

Dancing, cheerleading, figure skating, tennis, golf, swimming

Such Great Senior: Laura

What do you do on a typical night out with friends?

Drive around and find adventures to accomplish!

Such Great Senior: Laura

When you were little, what did you dream of being when you grew up?

A vet or a doctor or a lawyer!

Such Great Senior: Laura

What TV show are you addicted to?

Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Lying Game, Lost, Walking Dead!!

Such Great Senior: Laura

Do you have a book you could read over and over?

Before I Fall

Such Great Senior: Laura

What movie makes you happy? What movie makes you cry?

Happy – 17 Again / Cry – Titanic and Marley and Me

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Who are your role models and why?

My aunt Laurie because she helped people all her life and loved everyone as if they were family! She had an amazing welcoming spirit.

Such Great Senior: Laura

What are your hopes/plans for the future?

College!!! Move to North Carolina!!

Such Great Senior: Laura

What do you want people to remember about you when they look back on your senior year?

“She was kind and happy to be there even through the rough times.”

Such Great Senior: Laura

What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?

I see people injuring helpless animals and children that makes my heart hurt. I hope to one day help those people learn to help others and not hurt them!

Such Great Senior: Annie

Meet 2016 Senior Annie!

How Annie describes herself: “I am on the swim team at Fishers (even though I am not very good) and I also participate in Destination Imagination. During the summer I am a youth volunteer at Conner Prairie. After college I plan on taking a gap year, the plan is to go on a nine month mission trip with Adventures in Missions, spending three months in Latin America, three months in Asia and three months in Africa. Someday I would love to open my own orphanage or start a school, preferably somewhere with mountains. Mountains are probably one of my favorite things, it ranks up there with ice cream and music. Over the summer my family went on vacation to Colorado, it was so awesome, to just see the scenery it was amazing. I think enjoying nature is one of the best ways to see how much of an artist God really is. Music and ice cream are two of my other favorite things. My favorite place to get ice cream is probably Handles, but Graters has pretty good ice cream as well. As far as music goes I love indie pop and alternative. Some of my favorite bands are The Neighbourhood, Misterwives, Bear Hands and The Wombats.”

Why Annie thinks she’s more than just a teenager: “While my age denotes that I am “just a teenager” I don’t think that anyone is “just” anything, we live in a world full of opportunities, opportunities that allow for anyone to become more than “just” what they are. I am more than just a teenager because I have goals that exceed far beyond myself and the lifetime that I live in. I have dreams that will affect not only me but many others (in a good way of course) and I have ambition to go after these goals which is something I think some teenagers lack.”

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Such Great Senior: Annie

What are your favorite activities?

I like to read, listen to music and hang out in my hammock.

Such Great Senior: Annie

Who are your role models and why?

One of my role models is probably Katie Davis. I think it’s amazing how she was brave enough to leave home and go to Uganda and adopt all those little girls. I think its crazy courageous and the way she was able to follow God’s calling for her is very admirable. I hope someday to be just as courageous as her.

Such Great Senior: Annie

What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?

I want to make an impact that is much larger than I could ever be, an impact that still has effects long after I’m gone. I want to have an impact that does not elevate me but elevates the One who made everything possible.

Such Great Senior: Vacketta

Meet 2016 SGH Senior Vacketta again!

Why Vacketta thinks she’s more than just a teenager: “I think I would describe myself as someone who’s really outgoing, but can be shy if I’m uncomfortable. I put in 110% effort into everything I do, and am really passionate in everything I’m involved in. I can also sometimes be really lazy and would rather just sleep for a whole day at a time. I’m really creative in the preforming arts, I dance and act (and now direct). I love being surrounded by people that support me in all of my endeavors and deal with my crazy schedule, but there are also weekends where I like to sit alone in my room and read a good book. All in all, I think it’s hard to explain myself, that’s why I like getting to know people.”

Such Great Senior: Vacketta

What are your favorite activities?

I love reading, writing, listening to music, dancing, and acting. Acting has to be my favorite though.

Such Great Senior: Vacketta

Who are your role models and why?

I think my biggest role model is Jennifer Lawrence because she graduated high school two years early to go to LA and follow her dream of becoming an actress. She almost gave up, but she decided to push even harder and then she got her big break.

Such Great Senior: Vacketta

What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?

I don’t want to make an impact on the world, if I make an impact on just one life for the better that’ll be good for me.

Such Great Senior: Maddie

Time to get to know 2016 SGH Model Maddie more!

Maddie’s thoughts on being more than just a teenager: “I do not think like a teenager. I have hopes and dreams for myself and I know what I want to do with the rest of my life. I know I want to fall in love. I want to do everything that makes me happy. I enjoy my life while I can. I do not stress over the little bumps in a teenager’s life. Everyone’s life will always get better.”

Such Great Senior: Maddie

What are your favorite activities?

Dancing, shopping, hanging with my friends, and snuggling with my dog.

Such Great Senior: Maddie

What do you do on a typical night out with friends?

We usually go out to a nice dinner and dress up, then we go home and watch movies and talk! We hang with boys sometimes and attend get togethers.

Such Great Senior: Maddie

What type of music makes you get up and dance?

Any type of rap song that I can do some hip hop moves to.

Such Great Senior: Maddie

What TV show are you addicted to?

Grey’s Anatomy and American Horror Story. I am very addicted! And not scared to admit it.

Such Great Senior: Maddie

When you were little, what did you dream of being when you grew up?

I’ve always wanted to be a model, and now starting to work on that Career.

Such Great Senior: Maddie

What food does your family cook that you will miss when you go to college?

The pasta my family cooks is amazing and the Sunday morning big breakfasts that we all cook together.

Such Great Senior: Maddie

Who are your role models and why?

Miley Cyrus, she learned to embrace her real self and not care what society thinks. And Kylie Jenner she’s beautiful and I love her style very much.

Such Great Senior: Maddie

What do you want people to remember about you when they look back on your senior year?

I want people to remember me as a joyful person and always having a smile on my face. I want people to see me as a strong person.

Such Great Senior: Maddie

What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?

I want people to look up to me as a strong Individual who is caring. I want to impact the world to not care what society thinks of you and just be yourself.

Such Great Senior: Maddie

Do you have a book you could read over and over?

The Uglies Series

Such Great Senior: Megan

Meet 2016 Senior Megan!!!

Why Megan thinks she’s more than just a teenager: “I think I am more than just a teenager because I have a voice and I want to make a difference in other people’s lives, not just my own. At this age, it is easy to fall into the trap of only thinking about school and your social life but I am passionate about helping others, whether it’s through volunteering or just waiting to hold the door open for someone walking behind you.”

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Such Great Senior: Megan

What are your favorite activities?

I love running, biking, reading, shopping, and being with my friends.

Such Great Senior: Megan

What activities are you involved with at school or outside of school?

I am on the varsity cross country and track teams at Carmel. At school, I am also involved in student government, Key Club, National Honor Society, freshman mentoring, and K8 mentoring. Outside of school, I am a member of my church’s youth group and I volunteer at St. Vincent Hospital.

Such Great Senior: Megan

What do you do on a typical night out with friends?

A typical night with my friends usually involves pizza or ice cream and whatever random activity we can think of to do after we eat. Shopping is usually a favorite but we like going to the zoo, going to concerts, or just going on a picnic.

Such Great Senior: Megan

What type of music makes you get up and dance?

I love country music but I will get up and dance to pretty much every kind of music.

Such Great Senior: Megan

What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?

I am a firm believer in doing everything with your best effort and whole heart put in to it. I think that if I hold to this principle throughout my life, I will be able to leave a positive impact on the world, whatever that may be.

Such Great Senior: Megan

When you were little, what did you dream of being when you grew up?

I dreamed of being a fashion designer. I used to have a notebook where I would draw my fashion designs and I was obsessed with the Style Network.

Such Great Senior: Megan

Who are your role models and why?

My role models would have to be my teammates, past and present. Not only are they some of my best friends, but they have also pushed me to achieve great things on the course and on the track. The older teammates I have had in the past have taught me what it means to give it your all every day and how to persevere through difficult times.

Such Great Senior: Megan

What are your hopes/plans for the future?

I hope to go to college on a running scholarship. After college, I hope to attend medical school and work towards my dream of becoming a doctor.

2016 Senior: Stacy

Stacy is back on the blog!

Stacy’s thoughts on being more than just a teenager: “I believe I am “more than just a teenager” due to my charismatic and positive outlook. I yearn to help people achieve happiness and I see the good in life. I would do anything for a person who is struggling and push them to succeed. I finish what I start, and I want to help others do the same.”

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Stacy 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Stacy | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What are your favorite activities?

Running, swimming, biking, basketball, hanging out, reading a book, watching TV, baking.

Stacy 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Stacy | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

Who are your role models and why?

My role models are my mother and graduated girls from my cross country team. All of these people all went on to do big things with their life and pursue what they believe in and succeed.

Stacy 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Stacy | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?

I want to show the world if there is a will there is a way and help them succeed and become better people.

Such Great Senior: Gabi

2016 Senior Gabi is back on blog!

Why Gabi thinks she is more than just a teenager: “People underestimate teenagers so much, it’s amazing what one kid can do with these years in high school. I chose to do more with my years as a teenager by giving back and doing my best to make some awesome memories with my friends because we will never get these years back. I have used them wisely and gotten almost a head start on life.”

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Gabi 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Gabi | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What are your favorite activities?

I like playing tennis for fun, paddle boarding, wake boarding, and working out.

Gabi 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Gabi | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What activities are you involved with at school or outside of school?

I am in cabinet at Carmel High School which is a group of thirty something kids who lead house groups and organize events and Dance Marathon for Riley Children’s Hospital. Also I do Young Life which is our youth group, and I have gotten the opportunity to lead a Wylde Life group which is the middle school youth group.

Gabi 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Gabi | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What do you do on a typical night out with friends?

It definitely involves eating, usually just hanging out and talking. Sometimes something like bowling or the movies.

Gabi 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Gabi | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What TV show are you addicted to?

The Office. I could watch each episode a million times and I would still laugh at their jokes.

Gabi 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Gabi | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What movie makes you happy? What movie makes you cry?

Happy – Straight A’s and Blades of Glory / Cry – Marley and Me

Gabi 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Gabi | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What food does your family cook that you will miss when you go to college?

Anything my mom makes, I love hot dogs so I will miss her pigs in a blanket.

Gabi 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Gabi | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

When you were little, what did you dream of being when you grew up?

I think I had a new answer every time someone asked me. It ranged from being a doctor to an ice cream truck driver.

Gabi 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Gabi | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

Who are your role models and why?

I absolutely love Jennifer Lawrence, she reminds me a lot of myself. She’s not afraid to be 100% herself in interviews and she hasn’t let being famous change her, she’s still super weird which I love.

Gabi 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Gabi | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What do you want people to remember about you when they look back on your senior year?

That I brought a lot of fun and spirit to the year and completed people’s high school experiences, while motivating people to do the same.

Gabi 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Gabi | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?

A charitable and personal one. Giving back fulfills me, also something I live by is to go to heaven and bring as many people as I can with me. It’s something I heard in church one day, because my life goal had always been to be happy but I realized that’s selfish to just want that. In helping others be happy, or find God or things like that, you end up being happy so it ends up being even better.

Such Great Senior: Haley

Meet 2016 SGH Model again!

Why Haley thinks she’s more than just a teenager: “I don’t believe there is such a thing as “just a teenager,” because kids my age are out there changing the world. We are challenging world views daily and changing how people view the world. We are people who have thoughts and emotions and can’t be placed into a small box of “just” anything. I don’t think anyone can. It’s amazing because our culture worships youth, but brushes off anything young people do or say because they deem us as “just teenagers.” We are teenagers, but none of us are “just” teenagers.”

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Haley 2016 Senior Session, Noblesville, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Haley | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What are your favorite activities?

Some of my favorite activities include reading, watching movies, and acting. I am a crazy movie person and I love art and music.

Haley 2016 Senior Session, Noblesville, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Haley | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

Who are your role models and why?

Jessica Chastain is a big role model for me. She is a massive advocate for women and diversity in the film industry. I think she is really challenging the film industry right now and I very much respect her for that. On top of all that, she is a brilliant actress.

Haley 2016 Senior Session, Noblesville, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Haley | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?

I hope to help strengthen the voices of female artists. I hope to create things that are innovative and challenge people to think.

Such Great Senior: Kate

Time to get to know 2016 SGH Model Kate better!

Kate’s thoughts on being more than just a teenager: “I think I’m more than just a teenager because I have the ability to experience everything that any other age could. I think that the word teenager underestimates our ability to handle truth. Teenage years are the some of the craziest, best, and hardest years (or so I’ve heard) of our lives so I think that says that teenagers are pretty brave.”

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Kate 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Kate | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What are your favorite activities?

Cheerleading, Younglife, and laying at the beach if you consider that an activity.

Kate 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Kate | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What do you do on a typical night out with friends?

We will all just go out to dinner and hangout after, sometimes just a girls night and sometimes we will have a bonfire or something with a couple guy friends.

Kate 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Kate | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What type of music makes you get up and dance?

Really anything that’s upbeat and fun. Pop music.

Kate 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Kate | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What movie makes you happy? What movie makes you cry?

A Cinderella Story

Kate 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Kate | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What TV show are you addicted to?

One Tree Hill

Kate 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Kate | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

When you were little, what did you dream of being when you grew up?

A gymnast.

Kate 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Kate | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What food does your family cook that you will miss when you go to college?

My dad’s steak.

Kate 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Kate | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

Who are your role models and why?

My young life leaders, that are always giving and caring for other people. Even in the worst situations they are able to find a positive light and I think that’s something really special. I for sure look up to the way they carry themselves.

Kate 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Kate | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What do you want people to remember about you when they look back on your senior year?

I want them to remember me as a loving person to be around and someone they could laugh with.

Kate 2016 Senior Session, Carmel, IN | Photographer : Such Great Heights Photography, Maya Laurent | Model: Kate | Carmel High School | 2015 | sghseniors.com | senior photography | senior photographer

What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?

I want to positively change someone’s life or many lives. I want to know that some way some how I have made someone else’s life a little bit joyful.