Twelve year-old Jenna never imagined herself cheerleading alongside one of the Valley’s best cheer squads, so she was delighted to have the opportunity to practice with the Cactus Shadows High School Varsity Cheer Squad. The cheerleaders and their coach warmly welcomed her as an honorary team member for the day while training at North Valley Gymnastics.
Jenna is a sixth grader who loves going to school and doesn’t like to miss a day. Her favorite subjects are science and social studies. “I like science because we do a lot of experiments, and I like social studies because we go on field trips,” she said. She’s also developing her creative side, recently starting violin and dance lessons.
Jenna loves to get out and see the world when she can. She especially enjoys getting into nature to look for ladybugs, go camping and ride horses, all of which she was able to experience for the first time recently. “When we went camping in Prescott, it took me 45 minutes to get on the horse. But once I was up there, I felt confident.” She rode the trail like a pro.
“When Jenna puts her mind to it, she can do it. She just needs a little guidance and encouragement.” said Tonya Dedrick, Jenna’s shelter house manager. “Like many children her age, she tends to be self-conscious and needs those who love her to tell her it’s okay if she does something wrong, and to just get up and try again. Once she is successful, she really goes with it. Jenna catches on fast,” Dedrick continued.
In the future, Jenna sees herself working with babies in a hospital or with animals as a veterinarian. “I like to hold little infants and animals,” said Jenna. With her dedication to school and her good grades, she is well on her way to living her dreams.
Along with her other interests, Jenna likes volleyball, basketball and football. She also enjoys listening to jazz music, drawing and going to church. She’s a loving child who is always smiling. Unfortunately her beautiful green eyes have seen more sadness than a child her age should ever see. Even so, they continue to sparkle as she navigates her way through life.
“Jenna has been neglected of love and hasn’t had a chance to experience the life that a typical sixth grader has. Once she gets going and doing more things, she won’t feel that she’s no one, because she is someone very special,” said Dedrick. With nurturing motivation, direction and encouragement, Jenna will grow into a confident young lady. She just needs parents to love her. She has so much love to offer in return.
For more information about Jenna, please contact Ashleigh Pierce at (602) 930-4465 or via e-mail at email@example.com.