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I'm 16 years old. I was born in Illinois and moved to highlands ranch when I was 6 weeks old. I live with my parents and my sister, Eden, who is 12 years old. She's a seventh-grader at Mountain Ridge Middle School. We have one Yorkie named Molly.
I run cross country and I play lacrosse in the spring. I'm also on the leadership team at Mountain Vista.
On the weekend, I like to hang out with my friends and play sports outside. I work at Eastridge Rec Center as a lifeguard.
Raising money for kids
Mountain Vista has done Wish Week for the past four years. Our school comes together to raise money for a wish kid. We partner with Make-A-Wish Colorado. For the past three years, we've partnered with a brand called Be a Good Person to make T-shirts. During the week, we have plenty of fun events. Every night, there is a different restaurant in the community that gives a portion of sales to Mountain Vista.
Last year, we raised more than $127,000. We hope to break that record from the T-shirt sales and different fundraisers. With that money, we will be able to grant the wish of one kid per month for the next year.
As a lifeguard
I started in early December. It was pretty rigorous training — 24 hours over a four-day weekend, learning from lifeguards and aquatic supervisors. My day-to-day duties are watching the water and making sure everyone is safe. During my break, I make sure the pool stays clean, there is no trash and the guests are having an enjoyable time.
I like to travel. This past year I went to Europe and I am going again next summer with a Mountain Vista program. I enjoy traveling with my parents or friends. European travel and history is probably my favorite.
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