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THINGS THAT MATTER MORE THAN LIKES

WARMWEATHER INSPIRED STYLE

SHINING BRIGHT

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Molly McCann and Rachel Rumana Strides for Seizures, Strides for Friendship

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4 Editor’s Note My Story

6 Girl Chat

This Season’s Makeup Must-Haves | Why You Should Pursue STEAM | Ten Things to Do Instead of Checking Your Phone

10 Never Go Out of Style

Spring/Summer Style: Outfit Ideas for the Season.

12 Getting Down to Business

Beautiefull Things: A “Beautiefull” Success—Sisters’ Etsy Business Takes Flight

14 Health and Wellness

Nine Ways to Improve Mental Health

15 DIY—Do It Yourself Homemade Beauty Products

20 Inspire

28 Things That Matter More Than Likes

22 Shining Bright

Senior Achievements | Emma Taylor’s Graduation Surprise | Samantha Crawford Shines Bright Locally and Nationally

25 On Focus

Virginia Johnson’s Mustang Makeover

26 Community

Exploring Tallahassee: Discover All That Tallahassee Has to Offer

28 Around the World in 80 Plates

Warm Weather-Inspired Recipes

30 Last Words

A few quotes to leave you inspired long after the last page.

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16 On the Cover Molly McCann and Rachel Rumana—Strides for Seizures, Strides for Friendship by Cristi Mckee About the Cover: Photography by Romina Rivadeneira | Makeup by Leslie McClellan of Makeup Pro Studio | Hairstyling by Ashley Anderson of Divine Designs by Ashley | Wardrobe provided by Sparkle by Madison

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EDITOR’S

Note

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” - John F. Kennedy

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hen I was 8 years old, I wondered what exactly I wanted to do when I was older. My elementary self didn’t ponder that question too much, but now, as a teenager in the middle of high school, I ask myself that question all the time. With everything that goes on during these years—school, extracurricular activities, relationships, fun, and just life in general—it’s hard to know what to do or how to do it, and that’s where this magazine comes in.

When I came to Tallahassee Woman Magazine with the idea of creating a magazine specifically for the teenage-girl community of Tallahassee, I realized that I answered my 8-year-old self’s question. I wanted to inspire teen girls and motivate them through writing. I wanted to encourage them to not only wear glass slippers, but to shatter glass ceilings. I wanted teens to know that they can do it—whatever “it” may be. My hope is that this magazine will help all teens reach their full potential.

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Jolee Keplinger GRAPHIC DESIGN Alexi Saliba EDITORIAL & DESIGN OVERSIGHT Tallahassee Woman Magazine Staff (TWM) 4  • tallahassee teen • spring/summer 2016

So, that’s my story, but now, tell me yours.

Cristi Cristi McKee, Editor

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Spring/Summer 2016 Volume 1 | Issue 1

EDITOR Cristi McKee

Without the help of my fellow interns and the staff of Tallahassee Woman Magazine, Tallahassee Teen Magazine wouldn’t exist and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for letting me have this experience. Without my family, God and friendships (similar to the one in this issue!), I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Tallahassee Teen Magazine is published twice per year and is distributed on a complimentary basis online and throughout Tallahassee and the surrounding communities. This magazine is published as a project of the Internship/Externship program at TWM under the mentoring umbrella of TWM’s Women Who Mean Business Community.

The information in this publication is presented in good faith. The publisher does not guarantee accuracy or assume responsibility for errors or omissions. Copyright ©2016 Tallahassee Woman Magazine LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction, in part or in whole, without expressed written consent of the Publisher is prohibited.


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OUR STAFF Editor: Cristi McKee Cristi is 16 years old and a junior in high school. She has lived in Tallahassee since 2008. Cristi has loved writing her whole life, and serves as the Arts/Entertainment Editor for the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) newspaper and as a member of the National English Honor Society. When she’s not writing, Cristi’s singing, adventuring outside, participating in church activities, playing mandolin and ukulele, spending time with her family (and 3 dogs!) and friends, writing poetry or baking. In the future, she plans to major in marketing in college and hopes to attend Duke University. Editorial Assistant: Jolee Keplinger Jolee began interning at Tallahassee Woman Magazine in August 2015. She was born and raised in Stephenville, Texas, before moving to Tallahassee in 2011. She attended Lawton Chiles High School and recently graduated. At Chiles, she volunteered with Anchor Club and served as the club’s secretary. In addition, Jolee volunteers with Garden Club and is a National Honor Society member. Outside of school, she attends dance classes at Sharon Davis School of Dance. Although unsure of her college major, she’s considering journalism, business, global perspectives or sustainability. Graphic Designer: Alexi Saliba Alexi started as an intern at Tallahassee Woman Magazine in August of 2015. She attended Lawton Chiles High School and graduated this past May. Alexi was an active member of the Marching Band and serves as Baton Line Section Leader. She took graphic design courses at Chiles which have opened up opportunities to showcase her work in multiple art shows around Tallahassee. Alexi enjoys creative photography and is a movie and television enthusiast. In the fall of 2016, Alexi will be attending the University of Central Florida to major in graphic design and business.

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GirlChat THIS SEASON’S Makeup Must-Haves

Whether you like to keep it natural with a swipe of peppermint lip balm or go all out with the newest eyeshadow pallet, this list of makeup must-haves is for you! Lip balm – Lip balm is not only good for your lips but is also easy to carry around. Perfect for beach trips and spontaneous adventures! Colorful eyeshadow – You can achieve the perfect smoky eye and up your makeup game this season with colorful eyeshadow. Lotion – Make sure to have a small bottle of lotion on hand that you can keep in your purse—you will not regret it.

Sunscreen – Having sunscreen on hand is always a good idea. Whether you’re at the beach or playing soccer in your yard, sunscreen will protect your skin. Charcoal face cleanser – Leaving your skin clean and smooth, charcoal face cleanser is a must-have.

Waterproof mascara – Waterproof mascara guarantees a sweat-proof solution while enhancing your eyelashes. Colorful eyeliner pencils – Different colored eyeliner pencils make winging your eyeliner a whole lot more colorful.

Pink lipsticks - Lipsticks in all shades of pink are a fun and colorful way to change up your daily makeup look.

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Why You Should Pursue STEAM GIRL CHAT

By Jolee Keplinger

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ith a multitude of careers to choose from, determining a specific area to study can be incredibly overwhelming. What if you could enter an evolving, creative, and well-paid career that positively affects the planet? As unrealistic as it may sound, the answer is quite simple: become involved in STEAM. You’ve probably already heard of the acronym STEM which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Recently, the components of art and design have been incorporated. This addition embodies enlightenment, critical thinking and natural curiosity which empower young women to enter fields that will become more prevalent as time goes on. Listed below are some of the many benefits of pursuing STEAM.

1. You can transform unique ideas into useful innovations which are applicable to daily life. 2. The starting salaries aren’t too shabby. 3. New products are essential for brands to remain up-to-date and competitive with rivals. 4. Students who are proficient in STEAM-related subjects typically earn higher SAT scores. 5. It will help the U.S. maintain its global leadership and competitive position. 8  • tallahassee teen • spring/summer 2016

It’s crucial for girls to enter STEAMrelated fields due to the fact that 1 in 20 global jobs will require these skills by 2018. The younger generation can become exposed to this movement through social and collaborative projects within Tallahassee’s community. At Florida State University, the MagLab offers summer camps which inspire girls to pursue science-related careers through extensive group work, field experiments and interactions with local scientists. Clubs such as Girl Scouts introduce similar experiences and relate them to everyday life. These beneficial programs strengthen our community while promoting diversity which contributes to gender equality in the workplace.


GIRL CHAT

10 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF CHECKING YOUR PHONE By Cristi McKee

HAVE YOU FOUND YOURSELF CHECKING YOUR PHONE EVERY MINUTE? DO YOU SUFFER FROM NOMOPHOBIA (NO-MOBILE-PHONE-PHOBIA)? kay, so maybe that’s not a real thing, but it’s possible that you have thought that you didn’t have anything to do except check your phone for status updates or new texts. If you’re guilty of constantly being on your phone and are looking for things to do, look at the list below.

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1. COLOR – Get out that paisley coloring book and

6. MAKE A BUCKET LIST – Make a list of fun

start coloring.

things you would like to do.

2. ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET – How many

7. DO SOMETHING on that bucket list.

shirts do you own? 50. How many do you wear? 5. Organize that closet and donate clothing you don’t need.

3. RIDE YOUR BIKE – Riding your bike is not only good for your health, but it’s also a fun way to exercise and get outdoors. 4. MAKE A MEAL FROM SCRATCH – Put your cooking skills to the test and see if you can make something homemade.

5. CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN because that home

8. READ A BOOK – Fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, whatever you like—just pick up a book and get reading!

9. CLEAN YOUR ROOM – Clean your room and organize it but don’t get distracted when you find something you lost a year ago.

10. DO YOUR HOMEWORK – If you haven’t

already completed your homework, do it right now instead of reading this article.

cooking probably made a gigantic mess.

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NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE

Spring/Summer Style

NEED INSPIRATION FOR SPRING AND SUMMER OUTFITS? HERE’S WHAT’S TRENDING NOW. By Jolee Keplinger

Pastels Spruce up your spring wardrobe by incorporating a few pastel pieces. The limpet shell colored top, white distressed jeans and boho statement necklace create a stylish low-key look. Modeled by: Meredith Beaty

Window Pane Print Move over plaid—this print is becoming a widespread sensation! Window pane printed pieces are ideal for those who prefer to wear black and white hues, allowing an opportunity to color block. For a spring-like touch, pair with a pastel colored cross-body bag. Modeled by: Jolee Keplinger 10  • tallahassee teen • spring/summer 2016

Blue & White Prints

Embrace the porcelain pattern and channel the style of the Greek isles with this trendy print. It’s best to let it be the focal point of the outfit; style with solid colors and simple accessories. Modeled by: Cari McKee


Off-the-Shoulder Top Guilty of giving warm weather the cold shoulder? Embody the season’s spirit with this breezy and bohemian style top. It nonchalantly exposes the shoulders, creating a delicate balance between fabric and skin. Modeled by: Alexi Saliba

Rompers

This go-to one piece is perfect for those who are constantly on the go. Wear one to the beach for a casual look or add accessories to dress it up. Modeled by: Cristi McKee

Denim Skirt & Ringer T-Shirt

These ’70s-style pieces are making a comeback! Wearing a denim skirt with a vintagestyle top and sneakers creates a comfortable and casual outfit. Modeled by: Joanna Zein-Eldin

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GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS

Beautiefull Things: A “BEAUTIEFULL” SUCCESS By Cristi McKee

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hen sisters Madyson (18) and Raegan (16) Mahler started their Etsy shop back in 2012, they had no idea it would grow to be so popular. After participating in Market Days at the North Florida Fairgrounds with their knitted and crocheted products, they were inspired to start an online Etsy shop called Beautiefull Things. With over 11,000 followers on their business’ Instagram page and 1,600 admirers on Etsy, their business has taken flight. Tallahassee Teen had the opportunity to interview Madyson and ask her a few questions about their business.

When did you start your Etsy Shop and why? My younger sister and I decided to start our Etsy shop after participating in Market Days Craft Show at the North Florida Fair Grounds. We had sold so many hats that we knew we had to open up a shop because a lot of people wanted our products! What is your Etsy shop’s mission? Our shop’s mission is to provide quality, handmade products to customers that they will love to wear. We hope that when our customers purchase from us, they feel as though they are part of a story—our story. When and from whom from did you learn to knit/crochet? When I was 10 and my sister was 8, we learned to crochet from our neighbor, Mrs. Brown. What’s your favorite part of running your business? I love connecting and sharing pictures and communicating with followers [on social media]. That has been my favorite aspect of our business. Instagram has been a great opportunity for me to share behind-the-scenes pictures of projects and things that inspire me. In the future, where do you see your business? We hope to build a stronger online presence, offer crocheting/knitting patterns, and participate in more shows in different states. We’re also working

Photo credit: Rick Mahler

on building a brand ambassador program through Instagram which will allow individuals to apply to represent our products on their Instagram accounts. What do you suggest to teens that want to start an Etsy business? I would suggest to set out goals for yourself that are manageable and following them as best you can. Also, don’t be afraid to try something new and experiment with different things if others aren’t working. There are so many helpful websites, forums and blogs that teach you how to run your own small business and tips for building one.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

9 WAYS TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH By Aimee Marcos

1. Talk to your doctor. Consult with a doctor about what the appropriate steps to take toward your good mental health are. 2. Try meditation. Meditation can help you start or end your day on a peaceful note. Meditation doesn’t have to be a long, complicated process. Sitting on the floor in your bedroom for 15 minutes and relaxing is all it takes. 3. Value yourself. Respecting yourself and treating yourself well is a proven way to be happier and healthier. 4. Take care of your body. Drinking water frequently, eating nutritious meals and getting enough sleep are all things people with good mental health do. 5. Spend time with good people. Studies show that people that spend time with family or good friends are generally healthier. 6. Set realistic goals. Setting realistic goals is a great step toward good mental health. Make sure to aim high, but not to set unrealistic and stressful goals. 7. Take a walk in nature. According to a study by Stanford University scientists for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” walking outside may help ease symptoms of depression. 8. Eliminate bad habits. By getting rid of bad habits, you can achieve a much happier and healthier mindset. 9. Exercise regularly. Staying in shape by exercsing, whether it be yoga, running, dancing or soccer helps maintain a healthy mindset.

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ON THE COVER

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Strides for Seizures, Strides for Friendship By Cristi McKee Photography by Romina Rivadeneira

When Molly McCann and Rachel Rumana, then both 13 years old and best friends since 4th grade, went to Rachel’s house to watch “Pitch Perfect” like they always did when they got together, they thought the day would end like any other. That night, however, everything changed.

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ON THE COVER

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n January 26, 2013, Molly McCann experienced her first seizure. Prior to that night, she hadn't exhibited any symptoms of epilepsy. Luckily, Rachel’s father, Dr. Christopher Rumana, a neurosurgeon, recognized what was happening and she was rushed to the hospital. Just two days later, she was officially diagnosed with epilepsy.

Epilepsy is defined as a neurological disorder marked by

disruptive brain activity. Developing epilepsy at that age is extremely uncommon, and Molly and her family weren't sure what to do. There were not many local epilepsy resources available, and information on the Internet isn't always reliable, despite epilepsy being the third most common neurological disorder. After watching her best friend have a seizure and seeing her family try to obtain as much information on epilepsy as they could, Rachel knew what she had to do. In the spring of 2014, a little more than a year after Molly had her first seizure, Rachel founded Strides for Seizures. “I founded Strides for Seizures, a non-profit fund under the umbrella of the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) Foundation, to raise money to buy educational materials for newly-diagnosed epilepsy patients and their families,” explains Rachel. “Strides for Seizures raises money through individual runners who participate in a ‘run-a-thon’-style activity raising money from individual sponsors. It also raises money through corporate, business and individual sponsors,” Rachel explained. After receiving enough funding, Strides for Seizures, in partnership with the Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend, raised enough money to start the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Epilepsy Resource Center, the region’s first epilepsy resource center. Rachel and Molly, both now 17 and rising seniors at Maclay, share a mutual love for running track and cross country. For six track seasons and five cross country seasons, they’ve been on the same teams and have loved every minute of it. Their friendship means everything to them, and they can often be found laughing about one thing or another. “I’m so thankful for Rachel to have started this for not only me but for other kids and teens that have epilepsy. She’s truly a great friend, and I’m so thankful to know her. She’s done really

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amazing things, and she helps so many people. I’m so blessed to be one of them,” Molly stated. Both Rachel and Molly wanted to thank the TMH Foundation; Rachel’s parents, Dr. Christopher Rumana, M.D. and his wife, Mara Rumana; Chief Executive Officer of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, Karen Egozi; Vanessa Culpepper; TMH and the Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend. “Without their help, Strides for Seizures would not be where it is now,” Rachel said. Despite Molly’s condition being life-long, she doesn’t lose hope. “With the help of your doctor, educate yourself on what type of treatment is best for you. It gets better, and you won’t be as scared as you are now. You’ll find people that will support you, and you will make new friends along the way,” is her advice for people that have her condition. In the future, Rachel hopes to pass Strides for Seizures down to someone who feels as strongly about the organization as she does. “Molly’s one of my oldest friends, and I know that she’d do anything for me, and has done everything she could for me. This is my way of doing everything I possibly can for her.”

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INSPIRE

28 Things That Matter More Than Likes By Cristi McKee

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ith all the social media used today, we tend to forget about the bigger things in life. Everyone nowadays has a Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. We spend hours cropping pictures, picking the best filters, then deciding what the best time to post our picture is. After we post the picture, we watch the likes roll in. Then, if we don’t get the desired amount of likes, we feel like something was wrong with the picture. Whether a person receives 4 likes or 400 likes, does it really matter? Getting a certain amount of likes on a picture doesn’t show how much you’re worth, how pretty you are or how talented you are. Getting “likes” doesn’t matter at all in the grand scheme of things. Spending time on social media is a really fun and great way to spend downtime but with all the time we’re spending on social media, it would seem that we’re missing out on life. So many things matter more than reaching a certain amount of likes on pictures, and here are 28 of them.

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1. Being surrounded by family and good friends. 2. Having your favorite dinner. 3. Remembering the lyrics to a song you used to sing when you were a kid. 4. Educating yourself. 5. Learning as much as you can about the world around you. 6. Traveling to places you’ve never been before.

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7. Helping people in need. 8. Animals. 9. Kind human beings. 10. Beautiful scenery. 11. Music that makes you happy. 12. People that make you want to live forever. 13. Loved ones. 14. Learning how to play an instrument. 15. New experiences. 16. Good books. 17. Water. 18. Getting an A+ on a test you studied very hard for. 19. New friends. 20. Old friends. 21. Being safe. 22. The belief that you are a beautiful person. 23. Food. 24. Flowers. 25. Writing anything—books, essays, poetry, music, lyrics. 26. Hearing new songs. 27. The world around you. 28. Now.

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Shining Bright These Tallahassee girls are shining bright with their accomplishments! We admire these girls because…

elizabeth LEHMAN Elizabeth Lehman (17) was a finalist for the Best and Brightest homeschooler award in the Drama and Performing Arts category.

brianna LORD Brianna Lord (18) got nominated by Senator Marco Rubio to attend West Point Military Academy.

grace UBBEN Grace Ubben (18) got the part of Ariel in Leon High School’s summer production of “The Little Mermaid.”

anslie JACKSON Anslie Jackson (18) actively pursues her dream of becoming a musician through local performances.

emma hope & joy WHARTON RICHARDS Emma Wharton (18) was SAIL High School’s finalist for the Best and Brightest award in the Art category.

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Hope (18) and Joy (18) Richards and their team received first place at the District Fine Arts Competition.


EMMA TAYLOR’S GRADUATION SURPRISE

By Cristi McKee

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mma Taylor participated in 2 graduations this year—one at her high school, Chiles High School, and one at a hospital for a very special family member—her grandfather, Edward Korta. After he became ill in April, he had to stay in the hospital and miss Emma’s graduation. She then knew how to let her grandfather be at her graduation: she was going to bring it to him. Along with a group of her classmates, Emma marched into her grandfather’s room for her special graduation ceremony. Each graduate gave Mr. Korta a rose in thanks for his service with U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. A classmate sang “God Bless America” while Emma’s brother, Will, played along on his cello. Mr. Korta was smiling the whole time. “It meant a lot to be able to bring it to him and see his reaction and also to have other people with us so we got more of the full experience,” Emma said. Sadly, Mr. Korta passed away this past Memorial Day. Regarding the graduation ceremony, Emma described it as, “A memory that all of us will treasure as one of our final days with him.”

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SHINING BRIGHT

Samantha Crawford Shines Bright Locally and Nationally By Cristi McKee

Seventeen-year-old Samantha Crawford, a rising senior at Lincoln High School, shines bright every day in the Tallahassee community. An avid musician and an active participant in religious and civic groups, she was recently announced as the May 2016 Year of the Girl honoree. Year of the Girl was created by the Tallahassee/ Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls to promote awareness of issues pertaining to women and girls in Tallahassee and Leon County. Year of the Girl awards girls in Tallahassee for their outstanding work in this city. Samantha is a member of Lincoln High School’s orchestra playing viola as well as the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra symphony playing violin. She has played violin for over 11 years and has received numerous scholarships, most recently the MPower Artist Grant from the Sphinx Organization, to attend summer strings camps at prestigious universities. She has performed both nationally and locally for events sponsored by the governor of Florida as well as with violin duo Black

Violin for Tallahassee’s Opening Nights Arts Celebration. Samantha was also recently awarded tickets to Seaworld for being the top applicant at the Ladies Learning to Lead “L3” conference, a not-for-profit youth development organization that prepares girls for college, careers and life. Because of her hard work and outstanding essay she wrote, Samantha was named top applicant at the conference. Her life motto? “Service to others,” she says. A big “Star Wars” fan, Samantha loves to read and watch science-fiction stories in her free time. In the future, her goal is to pursue a dual degree in music performance and psychology at either Florida State or Berkeley, in hopes of becoming a music therapist. Through her service in this community and her gifts as a musician, Samantha continues to share her extraordinary talent with Tallahassee.

If you or someone you know is “shining bright” and you would like to submit her accomplishment to be featured in a future issue of Tallahassee Teen, e-mail her name, age, accomplishment and high resolution (300 dpi) photo to Cristi@talwoman.com 24  • tallahassee teen • spring/summer 2016


ON FOCUS

Virginia Johnson’s Mustang Makeover By Aimee Marcos

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he moment Virginia Johnson laid her eyes on her grandfather’s horse as a child, she fell in love. After beginning riding horses in 2007, she never thought she would be doing that as a career. In December of 2015, Virginia was approved to train a wild mustang for the Extreme Mustang Makeover Competition at 3 Y Ranch in Crawfordville, Florida. In just three months, under the professional supervision of Trey Young, she had to completely tame her selected mustang, Sephora, a 5-year-old mare from Wyoming, then showcase her talents to a panel of judges. A select few horses and their trainers, including Virginia and Sephora, made it to the top 10 for the final competition. Trainers were given the option to either keep or auction off their horse after the competition. The extreme Mustang Makeover Competition ended May 7, and, while Virginia was sad to see her go, Sephora is living happily with her new owners.

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Food Truck Thursday at Lake Ella.

Food Truck Thursday at Lake Ella

Simply grab a picnic blanket and gather a group of friends for a unique dining experience. Live music and food trucks congregate from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every Thursday. For more information, visit online at facebook.com/FoodTruckHub.

Summer Art Camp at the LeMoyne Center

Beat the heat and immerse yourself in art this summer. The Teen Foundations Program is a fun and creative way for students to learn about various artists and techniques. To reserve a space, call (850) 222-7622 or visit lemoyne.org.

Tallahassee Downtown Market

Every Saturday from March to November, 9 a.m., visit the Downtown Market to pick up fresh, homegrown produce and more while listening to local bands play every Saturday until noon.

Colorful Light Show at Cascades Park

Beginning at dusk, Imagination Fountain puts on an illuminating show. Programmed to music and lights, the fountain performs to hit songs which repeat every seven minutes. 26  • tallahassee teen • spring/summer 2016

Skyzone

Pick up style volleyball games are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dodgeball leagues are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for ages 16+. Visit skyzone.com/tallahassee for more information.

Junior Counselor in Training at the Tallahassee Museum

This weekly program, offered on a first come, first serve basis, is available to students who have completed 6th through 8th grade. Students will develop leadership and teamwork skills by assisting with various activities such as crafts and games. For registration information, visit tallahasseemuseum.org

The Ride for Hope

June 10-11 at the North Florida Fairgrounds. This regional adult and youth bicycle ride, health fair and family fun event benefits the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center and the people in this region. For more information, call (850) 606-2306 or e-mail sports@visittallahassee.com.


Girls Can Do Anything! Summer Camp

June 13 through August 12, 2016, at the Oasis Center for Women & Girls. A junior leadership program is available for campers ages 12-15. These weekly camps use empowermentbased philosophies to help girls develop an expansive view of what they can achieve.

FSU Flying High Circus Camp

June 20 - August 12, 2016. Teens 17 and under can experience a truly unique day camp under the Big Top with the FSU Circus student performers. Visit online at circus.fsu. edu for more information.

Steve Miller Band Concert

July 20, 2016 at the Tallahassee Pavilion. This classic band will be performing at 8:00 p.m at the Tallahassee Pavilion.

Zach Seabaugh Concert

August 5, 2016 in Thomasville, GA. Country singer Zach Seabaugh from “The Voice” will be performing in downtown Thomasville at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (229) 228-7977 or visit thomasvillega.com.

Eastside Farmer’s Market

Adopt a furry friend at the Tallahassee Animal Service Center today. Photo courtesy of Cristi McKee.

Every Saturday, 9 a.m. at St. Luke’s Anglican Church Pick up fresh fruit and veggies while supporting local farmers at this farmer’s market every Saturday.

Tallahassee Animal Service Center

Dogs and cats galore! Many animals that are waiting to be adopted can be found at the Tallahassee Animal Service Center. If you’re looking for a furry friend, visit online at talgov.com/animals for more information.

Free Cuban Dance Lessons

Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the FSU Student Union. Given by the Azucar Dance Company, learn to dance Cuban style.

Tallahassee Nurseries

Visit Tallahassee Nurseries to get everything you need for the ultimate “Tumblr” garden. Succulents, hydrangeas and fish galore are sure to catch your eye. There are also a variety of activities offerered from time to time. Visit online at tallahasseenurseries.com to check out upcoming events.

Tallahassee Nurseries fish. Photo courtesy of @cottoneyejoanna on Instagram. tallahassee teen • spring/summer 2016 • 27


AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 PLATES

Inspired RECIPES

WARM WEATHER-

This summer, try out these warm weather-inspired recipes submitted by our staff and readers! By Jolee Keplinger, Cristi McKee and Alexi Saliba

Kale Slaw Base: 4 cups kale, finely chopped 2 cups of cabbage, finely sliced or grated 2 cups of colorful carrots, grated (about 3 large, peeled) 1 ½ cups of apples, grated Dressing: 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 ½ teaspoons celery seed 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions: Combine kale, cabbage, carrots and apples in large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine vinegar, oil, honey, mustard, celery seed, pepper and salt. Whisk dressing mixture and carefully pour over slaw. Stir until dressing is evenly dispersed.

Variations: Add a handful of sunflower seeds for additional crunch. For a tropical twist, substitute the grated apple with pineapple. Photo credit: Jolee Keplinger

Blueberry Mint Water Ingredients: 15 mint leaves Handful of fresh or frozen blueberries Glass of water Directions: Drop mint leaves and blueberries into a glass full of water. Add ice for a great refreshing drink. Photo credit: Cristi McKee

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The Ultimate Strawberry Shortcake

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Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter or margarine 2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt Dash of nutmeg 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs, separated 2 to 3 cups quartered strawberries Whipped cream Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease 9" cake pan with one tablespoon of the butter. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg into a mixing bowl. Cut in the remaining butter to resemble coarse meal. In measuring cup, blend milk and egg yolks with fork. Stir into flour mixture to make soft dough. Press into prepared cake pan with lightly floured fingers. Brush surface generously with egg whites.Sprinkle sugar to the top. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cut and top with quartered strawberries and whipped cream. Photo credit: Alexi Saliba

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Key Lime Pie

Dill-icious Diva Chicken Salad

Strawberry Pecan Salad

Join us at our 2 area locations: 1496 Apalachee Parkway 1410 Market Street

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Last Words

A few quotes to leave you inspired long after the last page.

“A girl should be two things: CLASSY AND FABULOUS .” - Coco Chanel

All things are possible with coffee and mascara - Unknown

“And though she be but little, she is .”

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-William Shakespeare

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