Patrick McBride

CHLOE KILLION

I have always been athletic and played various sports throughout my life, but nothing ever came close to a full-tackle sport. Rugby has taught me many invaluable lessons that have proved to be applicable in my life, both on and off the field, and that is what got me hooked to the sport.

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MARIAH WILLS

I don’t hold anything back and that takes a lot in today’s world. There’s been a lot of events that have been challenging and made me question if I did the right thing. Everything happens for a reason.

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LILY CARR

I want to start a chain reaction of kindness and service. The best way to inspire others is to lead by example, so I will continue to serve and be kind to everyone I encounter. 

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EMMA HARRIS

Growing up and becoming a teenager in a small town almost makes time with friends more personal and really makes you value what you have to do and make the most of it.

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LOGAN BROWN

I came out on September 10, 2016 and it was not easy for me. Just saying the words “i’m gay” to your parents for the first time is hard enough, but getting a negative response made it so much harder.

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MORGAN ELISABETH PARRIS

The world is filled with so much and so many interesting humans.  I can only describe exploring as something that makes me feel like a part of something larger than myself and like I’m growing in love and creativity

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TRINITY HOWARD

In July 2015 I had a mechanical failure in my rear left axle during the Western Conference Finals that caused me to roll my Dragster 10 times at almost 100mph. Once my car came to a halt on the side of my Dragster I blacked out with my helmet stuck in my cage.

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AYLAJEAN MADSEN ROOT

During those years I was using unhealthy coping skills such as isolating myself, an eating disorder, and at one point I was even hospitalized for a suicidal attempt. However, about a year and a half ago I really started to find hope.

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SAM McDANIEL

I would not give up my passion for the things I love, such as, photography, writing and teaching for the world, but it has benefited me to learn how to slow down. None of us is perfect and learning that it’s okay to have flaws and to embrace these flaws has made me a stronger woman. 

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KAILEY HALLMAN

I'm an extroverted person and very outgoing, but finding a way to express myself is sometimes difficult. When I first started silks, I was very insecure and anxious about getting everything right. Aerials has pushed me to go out of my comfort zone and grow as a much more confident performer and person!

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CJ CERRELLA

If people tell you you can’t do something, and you believe it, you will never be able to do that thing. But I promise if you put the work in and believe in yourself, you can make it come true.

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KIRRA MATTHEWS

I think the challenges I’ve faced in this career mainly developed in high school. In that high-stakes, pressure-filled environment it was very easy to become consumed by this ideal body type I thought I needed achieve for my ballet teachers to like me, and to dwell on the steps I struggled with so intently that they became real fears.

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KENNEDY STANSBURY

My doctors told me I had to cut back on dancing in order to prevent my heart condition and scoliosis from worsening. However, quitting wasn’t an option for me…

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LEXI McCLISH

My life started with obstacles to overcome - from the time spent forming in my birth mother's womb under poisonous mis-care, through the first twelve months after birth when I was neglected and ignored, until I was taken away from my birth Mother, separated from my siblings, and placed in foster care.

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RACHEL FRANKLIN

I entered into deep depression and anxiety because the thing I never thought I could handle happened.

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CARLEE KELLEY

I am very shy and timid with people around my own age; I always saw myself as invisible, but dance has shown me that that is not true.

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ELYZABETH KARKOC

I would say the hardest part of my health is watching my friends do things that I should be able to do but the pain is too much.  

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MAGGIE ENGLES

Creativity has always been important to me. Any kind of creativity. Whether it’s been drawing, writing, singing (trying to, learning about acting or making music, or trying to learn to dance, it’s just always been a big part of my life.

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SKYLAR GRAY

“if I could be any flower, which one would I be” and she said, “a Wildflower”

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HAILEY FORBIS

The well known saying “the show must go on” played out in this situation, whether I got the spot back or not. This pushed me to try even harder because I just wanted to perform and prove to my coach that I could do it.

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GAVI WILLIAMS

I grew up in a small town, so I want to show people that no matter where you come from, it shouldn’t stop you from reaching your goals and living your dreams.

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LAUREN EARLY

Dance has always been a huge part of my life…But freshman year that would all change when I was involved in a major car accident, in which I broke four vertebrae and lacerated the ligaments holding my spine in place.

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DEVONTAE LANE

Basketball is important to me because my father was the first person to put a ball in my hands and he passed away when I was younger. This is the way I live in and stay in connection with him because I know he is there with me every game.

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ROSIE GADUS

I love that running allows me to push myself to be better and in shape. It also allows me the opportunity during the week to clear my mind from distractions and focus on my upcoming events.

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