“To the world you might be one person; but to one person you just might be the world.”
If you don’t believe that this generation of young people is trying to make a difference in the world, I would have to say “you’re wrong.” And then I’d introduce you to Kayla.
Kayla has a list of high school accomplishments a mile long. She’s a talented dancer. She’s loved by her peers. She’s model-gorgeous. And, best of all, she has a heart of gold with a servant’s attitude.
At a mere 18 years old, Kayla has been active in her community for years, volunteering and organizing events for those less fortunate and doing all that she can to make a difference in her little corner of the world. She’s volunteered with the Asheboro Jaycees’ Operation Red Sleigh, a project that provides Christmas gifts to needy children, for seven years; and last year, she organized and hosted her own event that raised even more money for them. She organized Kayla’s Cans, a drive that netted 1004 packages of food for the local food pantry and has worked tirelessly with the Children’s Miracle Network throughout North Carolina.
In 2010, Kayla was named Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen, which allowed her to travel across our state promoting her personal platform “Promoting Volunteerism Among America’s Youth,” in which she talked to her peers about the importance of getting and staying involved in their communities. A noble effort, to be sure. And a topic that she not only believes in, but lives herself.
Of course she has other interests, too. Normal “teenager” things like hanging out with her friends, dance classes, football games, and shopping.
Kayla is now a freshman at East Carolina University and plans to major in communication with a double concentration in broadcast journalism and interpersonal organizational communication. After she finishes setting the world on fire with her philanthropic endeavors, she hopes to become a TV newscaster. So look for her on your local news in about 5 years. Her high school classmates voted her “Most Likely to be a Star”….and I have no doubt we’ll be seeing her again!
I’m just now getting these posted but we actually photographed Kayla’s session back in the spring. There are so many great locations in downtown Raleigh — parks, shops, alleys, etc. – we started off inside the City Market area. Is this a face or what? Gorg! These next few should land her in Seventeen magazine!
A quick change of clothes – and scenery as we moved over by Moore Square
LOVE this! Love these iron gates at Marbles Museum This one is all teen! Love it!
Another quick change of wardrobe change and then we played around outside of Marbles some more… I dont know what it is about this photo but I think she looks a bit like Ashley Judd. Talk about gorgeous! I’m ending with a couple of my favorites that are so very teen-like!
Thank you Kayla [and mom] for spending the afternoon with me! And good luck at East Carolina — I can’t wait to hear about all the great things you accomplish there!
View Kayla’s slideshow: