Faith Kennedy is a Junior at Gering High School. She participates in many activities such as the four club, band, choir, and volunteers in the community.
In four club, created in honor of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, Faith is a member of a club that spreads kindness and positivity.
In band, she has been playing the trombone since sixth grade. This is her first year in choir and she loves it. In school, she likes to try new things and this year, she began two new activities.
In the community she volunteers for the Special Olympics of Nebraska and participates in activities including the Polar Plunge and bowling. She volunteers for Special Olympics because her younger sister is a member of the Special Olympics team.
“Four club is my favorite school club because not many people do positive things and this club is for the people who actually want to,” said Kennedy. “People who want to spread positivity and kindness.”
In the high school, Kennedy is known for her positivity, kindness, and outgoingness. When walking through the halls of the high school she will say “hi” to everyone she knows, which is everyone.
“I feel like people want to be happy,” she said. “Saying hi to someone can brighten their day and put a smile on their face.”
Kennedy remembers everyone’s name by remembering the first two letters of their name and their facial details. She said it is very hard to do but she dedicates time to learn everyone’s name.
Even when facing difficult challenges in life, she still tries to focus on the positive. Through all of her sad times, there is still positive things about the situation, according to Kennedy.
“I try to smile through everything because I know I can get through that difficult time,” said Kennedy.
While facing difficulty, Kennedy’s mind focuses on her favorite quote.
“Quitters never win and winners never quit.”
To her it is both inspirational and meaningful.
Like most schools, there is bullying at GHS. Bullies bully others for being different. High school can be a very hard place to learn and grow, but she keeps her mind on what is great about it.
“When either my friends or I get bullied, I start by going into empathy. I think about what that person feels and what is going on in their life. I also think about what that person is saying before I even speak and then I process it and try to move on from it,” said Kennedy.
When asked who has made the biggest impacted on her life, Kennedy immediately responded; her family. Her mother, father and two sisters impact her life because they teach her valuable lessons everyday.
While being interviewed, Kennedy was asked to bring something that defines her. She decided to bring a picture. The picture was taken while she was in California summer of 2018.
“This picture defines who I am because the trip to California really changed my life. By making me overcome one of my fears, which was heights. Just by seeing the views out the window of the plane and seeing what is out there. It really changed my life,” said Kennedy.
After high school, she plans on going to college. She wants to become a teacher or an attorney. She plans on going to college at Chadron State College, Western Nebraska Community College, or the University Nebraska-Lincoln. When leaving high school she wants people to remember her for her kindness.