Meet Three Local Kids Excelling at Extracurriculars
These Orlando locals are exploring their passions and putting in the work to excel in their extracurricular activities.
By Cindy Marie Jenkins
At 14, Reagan is already an incredible soccer player, entrepreneur with almost 1,000 Instagram followers and a YouTuber who prides herself on creating a family-friendly channel.
She balances it all by putting 100% into everything she does. “I’m a night owl,” Reagan explains. “I usually come home from school, edit for my business or channel, then practice soccer and start my homework.”
Reagan studies athletics and academics at XL Academy in Winter Park and wants to play for the U.S. Woman’s National Team one day. When she’s not on the field, she’s busy building her YouTube channel, The 3 S’s, which is dedicated to soccer, surfing and skateboarding. Reagan and her best friend, Avery McDonald, are also building an accessories business.
Find them on Instagram @surfsisters1 and look for their carefully crafted and creative products at local pop-up fairs.
When 8-year-old Zainab saw how challenging ice skating is, she decided to make it her sport. Zainab, who started training two years ago, doesn’t just stick to the traditional moves. Instead, she’s happiest when she’s interpreting songs in her own style with her coach’s support.
Zainab homeschools with her parents while continuing to work hard on her axel jumps at Kissimmee’s Ice Factory of Orlando. Her dream? To be the first person from Tunisia to compete in the Winter Olympics.
“I want to say to Muslim girls, don’t let anything hold you back…Muslim girls can do anything they dream of,” says Zainab.
Analia was just a little tike when she first walked into Broadway Gymnastics in Oviedo, and she hasn’t looked back since. Now at age 8, she recently won first place in the All-Around competition and took home the top spot for each individual event as well. While she trains 13 hours a week to work toward her dream career, she also keeps busy coding, playing the piano, and drawing—all of which help her express her emotions outside of the mat.
“When times get hard, you keep on pushing. I’m not afraid to fail,” says Analia.
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