For the sake of others
Guilt. Sorrow. Mind-blowing pain. Loved ones often feel all of these emotions after they lose someone to suicide. In the years after, many of them are able to redefine their lives and even grow from the tragedy. They become people who want to help others avoid all of that pain.
School: Soroco High School
Q. Why did you join It Takes Courage?
A. I joined because I recognize the importance in showing kids that bullies are real and they really do make an impact on the lives of others. Every day at school, I see people become victims of teasing or “jokes.” To some people, these jokes might seem all in good fun, but I know the words stick to the person they were directed at like glue, looping themselves on a constant antagonizing replay that haunts the individual indefinitely. I think it is important for everyone to realize what we say today may be a contributing cause of something tragic tomorrow. So when Brittney Schrader and my grass-roots project came rolling around, we jumped on the opportunity to have Heather come speak to Soroco students about these topics. We have been involved in It Takes Courage ever since and plan on hosting another seminar for our middle school in early December.
Q. What is it like to be part of this grass-roots organization?
A. After the presentation It Takes Courage brought to our school last year, the students of Soroco became noticeably more aware and compassionate for some time. A support group for people who feel like they are bullied in school, or even cyber bullied when they enter the walls of their homes, was organized. I strongly believe It Takes Courage’s influence on my school has been great. My personal impact to prevent bullying in school is less profound; however, when I see it happening, I try to become an advocate for the person being picked on. I stand up for them when I have the opportunity. I also make a huge effort to have a wide variety of friends. I include everyone!
I am a three-sport athlete with a GPA of 4.0. A few of my hobbies include playing the flute, painting and going on hikes with my family. My favorite subject in school is science, specifically biology. I hope to major in biology in college and eventually work for a doctorate and become a neurologist or some kind of surgeon. Not everything is planned out, but I know that I don’t want my life to be all work. I love to be outside and to occasionally act spontaneously. My family and I take frequent trips to a small town called Mancos, a neighbor of Durango in southern Colorado. I have two siblings: a 14-year-old brother and a 7-year-old sister. I am a Colorado native, and even though my life has had its ups and downs, I wouldn’t trade it for all the money in the world.