David and Phyllis Eversole My parents are amazing people. I am so thankful for them and all that they have done for me. I am the person that I am today because of them. They raised me well and I learned a lot from them.
Adam Tomlinson My husband has had a positive impact on my life because he encourages me to be the best I can be and he brings out the best in me. There is no doubt that when he asked me to marry him he impacted me for the better.
All four of my Grandparents Your grandparents can teach you a lot of important things if you let them. I know that mine have. My grandparents have always been very important to me and they make me a better person. They build me up and encourage me and they are always there to love and support me.
My sister Amanda has made a positive impact on my life because she has always been there when I needed her. She has become one of my best friends. I don’t know what I would do without her. We are so unalike that we make each other better.
Jim and Stephanie Dalrymple , Derik and Jen DeVries These four people were the best mentors and spiritual guides that I ever had. I looked up to them so much and they are all instrumental in shaping me into who I am today. I have learned so much from them and I miss them being a part of my daily life.
Megan, Kylee, and Rachel These three were my best friends in high school and are still some of my best friends today. I have always been able to count on them and they were there for much of my amazing memories from living in Monticello. Their friendship has meant so much to me. They were with me when I married Adam and I know that they will always be with me in the future, even though we are far apart.
Janna Peterson Janna is my longest friend. I do not remember a time in my life when Janna was not my friend. She has taught me that long distance doesn’t have to end a friendship and it certainly hasn’t for us. I think that when you compare the time we spent as friends living in the same town and friends living apart from each other, we have been apart longer. I think that is a great testament to our friendship. I can’t imagine not having her friendship.
Lauren Albrecht Lauren and I haven’t been friends for very long if you’re counting, but it feels like we have been friends forever. Lauren quickly became one of my best friends. She encourages me, builds me up, and keeps me accountable. I am better because I have her as a friend. I don’t know what I would do without her.
Grandma Watkins For most of my life, I had the blessing of knowing my great-grandmother. We would get to see her several times a year. She was a great mentor and encourager to me. From her I have learned constant love and devotion. She passed away a few years ago and I have never stopped missing her. I hold her close to me every day.
Last, but not least, Bethany, Josie, Christa, Mindy, Lauren, Lyndsay, Kyle and Stephen I may have only been at Anderson for a year, but I consider all of the friends I met at Anderson to be lifelong. Some of the most fun that I have ever had happened with these people and some of my most cherished memories as well. I wish I could see them more. I really broke out of my shell because of these wonderful people and I miss them very much. They have changed my life for just the one year at school with them.
All of these wonderful people have made a huge impact on my life. I do not know where I would be without any of them. I am the person I am today because all of these people have touched my life. And I am so thankful to have known all of you. You are huge blessings in my life and I thank God for you every day. Thank you for everything you taught me and for your love and encouragement.