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Posted on: November 29, 2017

Steamboat Springs Teen Council's November Teen of the Month

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Members of the Steamboat Springs Teen Council have selected Macayla Scheidt as Teen of the Month for November 2017 because she is an outstanding teen in the community and embodies the following values:
  • Demonstrates that teens are valuable community assets
  • Acts as a leader and/or a positive role model amongst her peers 
  • Committed to community service
A Steamboat Springs High School junior, Scheidt puts her heart and mind into the extra curricular activities she is involved in the community. Academically, she prides herself for the Knowledge Bowl, Science Olympiad, GSA, and the speech team. Her interests span more than simply academics, showing a passion for cross-country running, Nordic skiing, dance and drama. 

One of Macayla’s greatest accomplishments was writing and completing her first book, something many people didn’t think she would be able to complete. After pushing through with a disciplined approach, she went against the odds and completed her manuscript.  

When asking Macayla what motivates her to be involved in so many extracurricular activities, she responded, “I like to try new things and I often end up enjoying them. I love the things I do, so I love to spend time doing them.”

After high school, Macayla is interested in attending college. However, she finds it hard to picture where she be in ten years, but knows she just wants to be doing things that make her happy. “I hope that I’m doing something I love, with people I love, and with new challenges every day.”

Macayla knows she wouldn’t be where she is today if it weren’t for her mentors and role models. “I’ve had tons of wonderful role models in my life, from teachers to friends to family. They all seem to agree on one thing: if you’re not happy with where you are in life, you have the power to make a change.”  Macayla also added that she has a strong relationship and love for her friends and family and appreciates all the support they have provided her in everything she does and who she is today.

Learning to deal with the stresses of life is invaluable. Macayla feels these pressures can be one of the hardest challenges faced by teens today. Being able to breathe and take a step back often helps Macayla through these tough situations. Good advice that applies to many of the teens in our community.

Despite a busy schedule, it’s important to Macayla to find time for herself through reading, writing, drawing, playing music (really loudly she added), and dancing…like a crazy person! Her favorite quote is by J.K Rowling and Albus Dumbledore, Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.

The last question the Steamboat Springs Teen Council asked Macayla was why is it important for teens to be valued in our community? Macayla answered with, “We have a unique viewpoint on how the world works. We are also part of the community, with a say in what is going on. We are people who have experienced life but still hold out hope and see the future as something worth striving for. Our unique viewpoint gives us the power to see a new and beautiful world for ourselves that we can create. We can do so much for the world if we learn the value of ourselves and hold out hope for the world around us.” The Teen Council agreed with Macayla and thought this provided great perspective. 

Congratulations Macayla!  She will be awarded a $25 Amazon gift certificate and will be featured in the Steamboat Today newspaper.  Learn more about the SSTC at facebook.com/ssteencouncil.

About the Steamboat Springs Teen Council: The SSTC, in its 11th consecutive year, works to increase positive leadership development, involve teens in the community at large, and provide substance free and alternative activities for youth.  The program is sponsored by the City of Steamboat Springs and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition.  The SSTC is funded through a grant from Routt County United Way and Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

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Contact:    
Stephanie Seiden, City of Steamboat Springs, Recreation Specialist, 970.871.7056, sseiden@steamboatsprings.net
Bobby Jones, Boys and Girls Club, bjones@bgcnwc.org 

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