Top Teen--Shanelle Woodard

Published: Jun. 29, 2006 at 10:24 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2006 at 2:14 PM EDT
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Shanelle Woodard
Shanelle Woodard

Shanelle Woodard is only 14 years old, an honors student and has a true passion for being in the spotlight. Her talents range from the sidelines to schoolwork.

She's a cheerleader, a volunteer at her church and a superb student.

"I really want to go far and I don't want to sit at home here, and I really want to go to college and be able to travel everywhere," she said.

"I think she is more independent person to make her own grades," said Ruthie Woodard, Shanelle's mom. "I think she is really self-motivated. We are just there for her support."

Shanelle wants to be a professional choreographer someday and is always in the yard practicing, so she can keep up with the latest dance and cheerleading moves.

Shanelle's been involved in cheerleading since she was six years old and last year joined Cheer Savannah and went all the way to a regional competition.

"Cheerleading is my passion," she said. "I love cheering everything from tumbling to dancing. I just like to make everybody happy."

Shanelle's mom Ruthie says her daughter is definitely driven, and determined to make it into the spotlight. "She is doing a lot more than I did at her age. She inspires me. She is very inspiring."

Her motivation and desire to reach her goals are what make her this week's WTOC Top Teen.

Shanelle is planning to attend Savannah Arts Academy next year and get involved with its dance program.

If you'd like to nominate a Top Teen, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email

Reported by: Brooke Kelley,