Meet court member Kennedy Cullins
What was your first thought when your name was called?
I was extremely shocked. I was the first one called and I was so nervous. I tried not to look at my mom because I knew I would start crying immediately. This is my second year doing this so to be chosen, well it really meant so much to me.
What was your family’s reaction?
My mom was crying, I was crying. She jumped out of her seat and for some reason ripped up the program she got so excited. My aunt was so so happy. She was jumping up and down. I’m naturally a shy person and I think everyone was just so proud to see me come out of my shell and be able to present myself with such confidence in front of all those people.
How would you describe your personality in one word?
Adaptable. I am a shy person, but depending on the environment I’m in I can come out of my shell if I need too. I can pretty much match the environment I find myself in.
What’s something interesting about you?
I’m really good at poker, which isn’t a super useful skill. But I did learn how to have a good poker face.
What are you most excited to eat at the festival?
I’ve never tried deep-fried Oreos. Or deep-fried butter, but that doesn’t sound good. So really I guess I just want to try all of the deep-fried snacks people rave about.
What are you most looking forward to about the festival?
I’m most looking forward to being a part of the festival family. We have such an amazing group of directors and staff. Every year more than 1,000 people volunteer to make the festival happen. Without them it wouldn’t be the “hit” it is.
What is your most used emoji?
The rolling eyes emoji. It mainly goes to my mom.
Who is someone you admire? Who is a woman you admire?
My mother is probably who I admire most. She has raised me as a single mom my entire life while having two jobs and at the same time going through nursing school. She raised my brother and I and even though she worked all day she still managed to help us get everything we’ve ever needed. She’s my hero.
What is a book or story from childhood that had an impact on your life?
Fancy Nancy. My grandma’s name is Nancy and she’s very stylish and fancy so the books always made me think of her.