In the early morning of December 15, I was born to Jenice McKenzie and Craig Potvin. I grew up with my mom and sister, right down the road from my grandma and grandpa just outside of Centuria. Family was important growing up. When I wasn’t with my grandma making cookies, I was with my grandpa, driving in the field or hiking in the woods. My sister would often babysit me while mom worked any shift she could take, including nights. It was then, in our cozy home, with dinner in our bellies and snuggled in a blanket after begging to watch Nemo for the hundredth time, that I believe family means everything. Now, fast forward ten years later, my brother has a family of his own, my sister enrolled in the Air Force lives in Mississippi, it’s just mom and I at home. What motivates me is providing for my mom. She as a single mom raised me and my sister, and all I want to do is give back for all she’s done for me. To do so, I have to get good grades, get accepted into a good college, and get a good paying job. My current plans for the future is to attend Stevens Point for psychology, dealing with counseling, or maybe going into accounting.
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” —Anthony Brandt
"'Ohana" means "family." "Family" means "no one gets left behind."