Remember the excitement of senior year? You’re standing on the edge of what feels like your whole life, and you’re getting ready to dive into something new. For some seniors, it also represents a fresh start, a time to stand on their own two feet and overcome the things that held them back in high school. For Kimberly, that’s definitely what it represents. This Chiawana senior says she overcame a fall in grades and family issues that brought her confidence down in the beginning of her high school career. She fought back to regain a high G.P.A., and found that cheerleading gave her back the self esteem and confidence she had lost. Now, she says her friends bring out the happier, more motivated person she knew was always inside. She says the thing she wants to be remembered for is going to college, and not letting her dreams get deterred. “I want to make my own choices”, she explains, “I want to leave the tri-cities and apply at WSU for nursing. I want to help people and work in the medical field. I love helping people and is willing to do whatever it takes”. Though college hasn’t been a priority in her family in the past, she wants to change the pattern and receive her degree. I found her spunk and courage really inspiring, especially that she has overcome the opinions of others, and made her own choices. She is brave, beautiful, and bold, and I think these portraits really show that. Congratulations, Kimberly!