Hope is a junior at Morgan County R-II. She is a member of the Morgan County CLEAR coalition, as well as Tobacco Free Tigers, where she was the top points winner for participation. Hope is an active member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and is involved in regular seat belt checks with the organization.
Hope has been a member of her school’s volleyball team since the 7th grade, and she is a certified lifeguard. She is also active in a variety of school clubs, including Fellowship for Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Chamber Choir, Beta Club, where she is the historian.
The reason drug and alcohol prevention is so important to Hope is because of her concern for her community and the people who live in her county. Versailles is a very tight knit community and they all care very much about each other. The safety and health of the citizens depends on people who are willing to step up and be leaders in a variety of situations. Hope would like to be a positive example of living a healthy and positive life. If someone in her community has an alcohol or drug problem, Hope cares about their future and well-being. She does not want to just talk about making changes; she wants to be a part of making things better by serving as an ambassador for the youth of Missouri. Hope says that many people her age do not think their voices matter, but she wants to be the one that shows them that you do not have to follow the crowd. It is possible to be the one who stands up and makes a difference within a community. Drugs and alcohol can have such a lasting effect on people and their lifestyle, and she would love to have the opportunity to spread the word about drug and alcohol prevention.