Senior at Walhalla high and varsity volleyball player, honors chorus and honors student, pageant queen but also an FFA officer, pursuing a career in veterinary science hoping to attend Clemson university.

How do you inspire others?
This past year I was crowned Miss Lyman Teen and will be competing for the title of Miss South Carolinas Outstanding Teen, June 21-25. Throughout my year I have been an advocate for the JDRF and type 1 education and awareness, leading 2 support groups, speaking to elementary school children, starting a “crowns for a cure” bracelet campaign (all money to JDRF) and participating in fundraiser walks. Having diabetes never held me back, I always used it as something that pushed me to be harder and better to inspire people struggling with diabetes or any illness, or even just day to day burdens, to never give up and never let your obstacles stop you. I have loved being able to work towards something so dear to mine and my family’s hearts. The opportunity God has given me to compete for Miss South Carolina Teen really showed me how truly blessed I am and how I can take something that seems like a burden and turn it into something amazing.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Mentally and emotionally diabetes has made me mature faster and understand real life and real world problems a lot quicker than I would have without it. Being diagnosed at 3 years old and now being 17 I understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and exercise. With healthy eating, playing sports, and going to the gym everyday helped me get my A1C down to 6.4, the lowest it’s ever been!

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