We put out an “open call” this spring, asking Maine girls to share their thoughts and artistic talents for this inaugural issue, and we were blown away by the response. Thank you to all the girls who shared their artwork, photography and writing. We’re so unbelievably impressed by your thoughtfulness, creativity and passion.
⇓ ABIGAIL PINARD
“I am the most passionate about cosmetology and photography. I enjoy learning about new products that are out and how to use them. I love doing anyone’s hair and makeup, and making them look and feel good about their style really makes me eager to learn new ways to apply them to everyone’s daily lives. I enjoy taking pictures of anything. I love to capture the true beauty of nature. I am inspired the most by Jeffree Star, he has his own channel on YouTube. I have learned techniques from him about applying makeup and about feeling confident in myself. He has gone from nothing to owning his own makeup line because he never gave up on his dreams. I would love to see and have everyone see themselves as an equal. We have so much negative in the world, but in the end, we’re all the same. We’re human, we’re boys and girls, men and women trying to live the very best life we can. That is why I enjoy doing hair and makeup the most because it’s more of a work of art for me rather than a hobby.”
Abigail Pinard is 16 years old and lives in Lewiston. She enjoys being outside, taking pictures and cosmetology. She goes to Winthrop High school and is in the tenth grade.
⇓ EMMA SCULLY
“Something that I am very passionate about is women’s rights. I am a part of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, and have been for four years. Hardy Girls is an organization to teach young girls such as myself to be self confident, to teach them to chase their dreams, and accept themselves and others. Personally, I hope that in the future, everybody can be equal. No matter who they are, what gender they love or what gender they are.”
Emma Scully is a sixth grader who goes to Massabesic Middle School. She enjoys hanging out with my friends and family, playing sports and participating in school clubs such as drama club and student council.
⇓ DYLAN JONES
“I am passionate about photography. I have always loved talking photos of everyday items and nature and making them my masterpiece. I have always wanted to be a photographer. I look up to Jordan Matter. In 2017, I did the 7 day black and white photo challenge. I also take many other kinds of photos. I took photos of my surroundings and made pieces of art.”
Dylan Jones is 12 years old and in 7th grade at Massabesic Middle School. She love taking photos and in her spare time, she cheers.
⇓ CARINA STACK
“I am most passionate about skating! I was 1 1/2 when I put on my first pair of ice skates and have been skating for over 6 years! I am nervous about the spotlight, but mostly excited because I love my music. I will be skating to The Incredibles. My favorite jump is my lutz and my favorite spin is my sit spin. I loved watching the Olympics and I would like to be in them someday!”
Carina Stack is a 7 year old from Portland. She like ice skating, acting, dancing running, biking, swimming and glitter.
⇓ MAISY NICHOLS
“I am a Junior Girl Scout in troop #2369 and am currently working on my Bronze Award by doing a project with Maine Audubon to raise awareness about and plant native plants to help our local wildlife have places to lay their eggs and bugs to eat. I love to ski with my family. We go to Sunday River and this is a poem I wrote about it. I hope you enjoy and it makes you smile.”
Maisy Nichols is 12 years old and a 5th grader at Mast Landing School in Freeport.
⇓ SOPHIA TANGUAY
“Misty Copeland is a famous dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, and in 2015 she became the first black principal dancer at the company. This woman inspires me in many ways, including how much dedication and perseverance she has. I love watching clips of her dance, because she has phenomenal technique and can move her body in so my ways, but what I like even more about her is that she likes giving back. Misty has helped many dance organizations to help young dancers with their technique. Some of the organizations she’s worked with are programs that let underprivileged kids dance. When she was young, she was one of those kids, so it was through a similar program that she started her dance career. What inspires me about her is how she broke down boundaries in order to make it to where she is now in the ballet world. Misty Copeland was told by critics that she didn’t have the ‘right’ body type for a ballerina, but she didn’t let it stop her.”
Sophia Tanguay is a 13-year-old from Waterboro. She loves writing, reading, dancing and soccer and wishes to one day teach dance at a local dance center.