Great State of Montana
I was born on July 24th, 2001; as the youngest of four children. I lived a very simple Montana childhood, but that wouldn't last. At the age of 11, I was diagnosed with Scoliosis: the unnatural curvature of the spine. I thought that it wouldn't be much of a problem. Two years later, I was going "under the knife" for an eight hour surgery that costed over $200,000. Five years later, my journey is far from over. However, this disability has given me a new ability: to leave a hand-print of the lives of others. In the last few years, I have devoted my life to helping others in any way I can; especially through the education of perseverance and initiative as well as the positive psychological effects of Servant Leadership. John Denver said it best when he said "peace is a conscious choice", so I have turned that into my life's philosophy. In my eighteen years, I have one thing to emphasize: if you strive today, you WILL thrive tomorrow!
I have served in many leadership roles in recent years, most prominently as the Lieutenant Governor for Division Five for the Montana District of Key Club International. At the end of my term in March 2019, I received the 2018-2019 Montana District Outstanding Lieutenant Governor Award. In January of 2019, I was highlighted in the only "Truly International Member Spotlight" by Key Club International. In that spotlight, they briefly mention me using servant leadership to cope with disability. Along with those, I have also participated as a two-time Student Facilitator for the Kiwanis Key Leader program. Former Kiwanis International President called me "insightful, kind, and a role model" and former Key Club President Emily Rice told me "I love you!! Thank you for being an amazing Lieutenant Governor, Key Clubber, and friend!!"
I have created an emotional, inspiring, perspective-changing story of my 18 years on earth.