I was born on a chilly December morning in the year 2002 to Jeremy and Kelly Appel at the St. Croix Falls Regional Medical Center. Preceded by my older sister Haley two and a half years prior, I am the youngest of two daughters. I have a very large family, so growing up the values taught to me had much to do with my roots. Throughout the course of my life I have moved homes approximately ten times and transfered schools twice, so having my family to fall back on has been a crucial aspect to who I am today. Along with strong familial ties, my childhood fostered another love: music. I spend most of my free time doing things involving music. I love listening to songs, but prefer to write my own. When I'm not playing my guitar or practicing vocal pieces for choir, I can usually be found curled up with a book-- I'm a sucker for a good poem. Some of my favorite authors include: Amanda Lovelace, R.H. Sin, William Ernest Henley and Margaret Atwood. My favorite passage is a quote from R.H. Sin. It reads, "Some women fear the fire some women simply become it". I connect with this quote because I believe that strength is not something you're born with. Rather, it's a quality you have to develop from experience. Being strong to me, means being honest, loyal, and advocating for other people-- even when it is difficult. As a Junior in high school, I'm not quite sure what I want to do with my future yet. I know that somewhere in my muddle of a plan is a four-year college. I also know, that I want to dedicate my life to helping others. My motto is " Your greatness is not what you have, it's what you give".