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Kylie Secrest

%E2%80%9CMy+freshman+year+%5Bwas+my+hardest%5D+because+that+was+the+first+year+of+high+school+and+it+was+when+COVID-19+hit.++It+definitely+%5Bshook%5D+things+up%2C+and+its+also+the+year+that+my+dads+illness+basically+took+over+my+life+and+changed+it+beyond+belief.+My+dad+was+immunocompromised%2C+so+I+had+to+constantly+focus+on+%5Bquestioning+whether+I+was+sick+and+if+it+were+contagious%5D.+It+was+a+lot+for+anybody+to+handle%2C+let+alone+a+teenager.+During+that+time%2C+I+didnt+have+my+drivers+license%2C+%5Bso%5D+I+couldnt+escape+it.+I+%5Bwas+really%5D+spending+a+lot+of+time+outside+playing+golf+and+focusing+on+college+even+though+I+was+that+young.+My+main+motivation+is+showing+that+I+can+be+good+at+something+but+still+do+better.++Leave+it+better+than+you+found+it.+Thats+sort+of+been+%5Bmy+motto+ever+since%5D+my+dad+passed+away+because+it+changed+my+perspective.+Death+doesnt+seem+so+far%3B+It+seems+so+close.+You+want+to+make+the+most+%5Bout%5D+of+what+you+want+to+do+in+your+life.%E2%80%9D+-+Kylie+Secrest%2C+12+%0A
Laney Thomas
“My freshman year [was my hardest] because that was the first year of high school and it was when COVID-19 hit. It definitely [shook] things up, and it’s also the year that my dad’s illness basically took over my life and changed it beyond belief. My dad was immunocompromised, so I had to constantly focus on [questioning whether I was sick and if it were contagious]. It was a lot for anybody to handle, let alone a teenager. During that time, I didn’t have my drivers license, [so] I couldn’t escape it. I [was really] spending a lot of time outside playing golf and focusing on college even though I was that young. My main motivation is showing that I can be good at something but still do better. Leave it better than you found it. That’s sort of been [my motto ever since] my dad passed away because it changed my perspective. Death doesn’t seem so far; It seems so close. You want to make the most [out] of what you want to do in your life.” – Kylie Secrest, 12
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