9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
This one could get pretty lengthy, so I'm going to try not to ramble.
When I moved to town and Matt & I were still living with his parents, DuAnn called Jo to see if she would be interested in joining the DVACK board. Since Jo knew that I was looking for ways to meet new people, she suggested I do it. Since then, I have become very attached to a group of people that spend all of their time trying to help other people. DuAnn is one of those people. She's actually the mother of one of Matt's really good friends from school and a huge part of the Festival of Trees. She is without a doubt one of the kindest, most selfless people I know. Her influence on my life, however short a time I have known her, will be with me forever. She took me under her wing [even if it was unintentional] when I needed it most and I can't thank her enough!
5. Mrs. Foree
I joined choir in 7th grade at Northern Hills and Mrs. Foree was the choir teacher. Shortly after, another teacher took over the middle school level, but we met back up again in High School when I auditioned for Show Choir. I'm going to be honest...the woman scared the crap out of me. She was super strict and very get-down-to-business. But I, and the rest of the students, respected her for that. She was an amazing choir teacher and she is one of the only people I can safely say shaped me into a great singer & performer. She retired after my sophomore year and a new teacher came in that none of us respected in any way, but we could at least hold on to what Mrs. Foree taught us.
6. My Parents
Grandpa, like grandma, has taught me SO many things! On our trip to Mt. Rushmore, he taught me which direction North was. He taught me how to tie a tie, took me on lawn-mower rides around their giant yard, shot fireworks with us, let us hang out at his print shop - the list goes on. I swear I learn something new from that man every time I'm around him!
These are,obviously, just a few of the people who have had an influence in my life. I couldn't possibly note everyone who holds a special place in my heart. It would never end!