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kelli macauley

Kelli is a 7th grader at the arts magnet program in St Petersburg, Florida. She has been a serious dancer for the past 8 years. She dances about 16 hours each week and dances jazz, tapp, and multiple ballet techniques. She is an excellent example for the younger dancers – she is often found teaching them or supporting them. She is quick with a compliment or a demonstration. She studies under Kelly Marshall at the YMCA Dance Academy and Dusanka Ivonova-Griskoski at the Mirror Lake Dance Studio. She has been a student at the Patel summer intensive and hopes to attend the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet program this summer. She has performed for many years with the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker and has danced in innumerable performances locally including Snow White, Coppelia, and the Nutcracker.

Kelli is also an active Girl Scout. She joined scouts in first grade and has been active since her first year as a brownie. She is currently a Cadette and actively working on her silver award project that is a collaboration project with our local animal shelter – she is writing a booklet outlining responsible pet ownership for other children. She earned her bronze award while in 4th grade where she and her troop earned and donated $1000 to the animal shelter. She organizes an annual holiday donation program for the animal shelter and makes a carload donation of supplies to them each holiday season. She has a special interest in the Girl Scout equestrian program where she continues to improve her riding skills as well as barn responsibilities. Her goal is to become a WIT (Wrangler in Training) as soon as she meets the age requirements where her responsibilities will include caring for the horses, maintaining the barn and working with other scouts. She can often be found over at the barn assisting with programs or maintaining the barn when she is at camp. In addition, she has been working with the Director of the Equestrian program to develop and implement an adopt a horse program to raise monies for the equestrian program while simultaneously marketing the program to others. Kelli also serves her Girl Scout community as a Girl Advisory Board (GAB) member – she was a member of the inaugural CEO GAB and is an active member in her community GAB whose purpose is to give girls a voice. She is already dreaming about her gold award and how she can make a difference in her community and the lives of others.

In 2011, she surpassed 500 hours of volunteerism with our local Ronald McDonald House. She works at the front desk where she greets guests and visitors, assists the guest needs and assists in the kitchen when needed. She has learned a lot from this opportunity about giving back and it has also increased her compassion and empathy for others.

Kelli has adopted 5 kittens (now cats) that did not have homes and she is responsible for their care at home. She bottle-fed many of them when they first arrived in our home and showered them with all of her attention and love. She has chore responsibilities to assist with at home and continues to maintain reasonable grades at the same time!

Kelli is growing into an exceptional young woman. She really “gets it” and I expect great things of her as she continues to mature and find her individuality.

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