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A star is born and her name is Ginny

“Honestly, I have had many more than just one success in my life.  But one of these successes stands out the most.  Acting.  I used to be a shy, timid, little girl out on the big stage.  The bright lights and fired up parents made me nervous.  Of course, this was a little while back (second grade to be exact).  I had just gotten the main role of “Tiger-Shark”.  Seriously!  THE MAIN ROLE!  Which meant I had to memorize LOTS of lines.  In the end I achieved this goal.  I completed the play and memorized everything.  Fast forward to 2016:  Elm Street.  Elm Street Arts is a little acting theatre in an old building in a town I just moved to (Woodstock).  I had taken several acting classes at Elm Street and now was my big time to shine!  My mom took me to “The Little Mermaid” play auditions and I had to sing a solo in front of so many people.  I was so nervous I would not get a part.  Eventually I found out I got an amazing funny role as Ariel’s sister mermaid.  Yay for success and bravery!”

Ginny, 11
Woodstock, GA
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Adriana finds her rhythm

“What I am most proud about is making the dance team this year.  I used to be on a dance team in Buffalo, NY (Future Dance) and when we moved to Georgia we could not find a studio that we really loved.  I started at Rhythm Dance last year and it was really a learning experience.  When I started, I was always put in the back.  It made me feel kind of bad, but I thought it was because I was tall, so that gave me the confidence to keep trying hard and giving it my all.  By the end of the year, I moved up to the front and I know it was because I really worked hard and showed my teachers that I could improve.  If I didn’t dance I would probably not be where I am today because it taught me how to work hard for the things that you want.  I started dance when I was 3 but I really did not start feeling confident in it until I was 10.  I really found my inner self”

– Adriana, 11
Woodstock, GA
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Emily comes out on top!

“I was really proud of the first time I hit my liberty stunt during cheer leading.  We always worked so hard as a group to get it.  When I finally stuck it, it made all of us so happy.  I have been dropped, kicked my base in the face, and have fallen many times… But in the end it was all worth it to finally stick it!”
Emily – 15
Gowanda, NY
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Peyton makes the grade!

“All year I struggled in my Global Studies class.  I didn’t understand it very well and when it came time to take my exam, I was nervous I would fail because I didn’t think I knew enough to pass.  I was very happy a few days later when I got my exam grades back and it said that I did actually pass and I would not need to retake the test in August.  I was very proud of myself and it taught me to be more confident in the things I do know and not focus on the things I don’t.”
Peyton- 16
Angola, NY