He is a senior this year in high school and recently turned in his senior reflection paper, discussing his experiences and achievements. I was very impressed by his goal statements. He wants to graduate from high school, work for a year, go on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and go to college and earn a degree in elementary education. He loves working with children and would like to become a second grade school teacher someday.
This last year, he’s been getting above average grades, worked hard towards getting his driver’s license (still needs to take the driving test), has 100% seminary attendance, sings in the church choir, participated in a high school talent show (singing Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”), joined DECA, and took home a third place ribbon at a regional leadership competition and plans to compete at the State meet. Michael is also active in theatre, and won stage manager and directing awards. In addition, he became a contestant for the Forest Festival royal court, and recently completed all the requirements to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
He is a very sensitive and loving child; yet, he continues to stress over the little things, is currently fighting some personal demons, and worries if he is worthy enough to go on a mission. However, I am astounded by his growth this year. Yes, there have been some obstacles, but also some major accomplishments. I am proud of my shy, little (6’8”) boy!