Teen finds inspiration in music, faith
By Dave Thompson
If you took the music from Bailey Arnett, she would be a different person.
"Music is my life," said the 17-year-old Community Christian Academy senior.
"Pretty much all my free time I'm making some kind of music, listening to music, learning new stuff about music," she said.
Arnett's love for music and the positive example of her teachers have strongly influenced her decision to pursue a career in teaching music to students of all ages.
"I want to be a teacher because I know that I'm going to remember my teachers for the rest of my life," she said.
Arnett, the daughter of Brian and Crystal Arnett of Kevil, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.
Each Monday in the online edition and Tuesday in the print edition, The Sun features a teen selected from nominees submitted by guidance counselors throughout the region.
Near the end of the school year, one of the students profiled will be named Teen of the Year and receive a $5,000 scholarship. An additional student will be chosen for an Inspiration Award and a $1,000 scholarship.
Whether it's in her philosophy of teaching or through her experience on various mission trips with her church, Arnett said she's always motivated to encourage other people.
"I definitely want to be a helper that someone can remember they were encouraged by," she said.
"It's really cool helping people and seeing the gratitude that people have when we help them. It just makes me want to do more of the stuff I was doing."
She especially remembers helping with a Nashville church's program feeding homeless people and how thankful everyone seemed for the ministry.
"I've never experienced that type of gratitude," Arnett said.
"After we got back on the bus to go back home ... I was thinking 'When is the next time I get to go back?'"
Arnett is currently carrying a 3.9 grade-point average.
If she weren't pursuing her dreams of teaching music, she would probably dig into the sciences.
"I like to understand why things work and how things work," she said.
But above everything else, Arnett said her faith is what really motivates her both in her personal goals and in her service to other people.
"Having something to believe in and put your hopes and faith in, that's made me who I am."
She credited her two sisters with inspiring her to be a good example and said she doesn't want to spend her life looking backward with regrets, wishing she might have helped someone she ignored.
"I want to look back on my life like 'Remember when that happened,' instead of 'What if I had talked to that person?'"