Anna Harris, a 12-year-old at Wachter Middle School is going above and beyond as a student in more than just athletics and academics.
Anna was nominated by her teacher, Mrs.Peterson.
“What makes Anna stick out for me is how she leads as a role model for others, sticks up for what is right, and is always looking for ways to make the world more inclusive for others,” Mrs.Peterson said.
“I feel that I make a good impact because I try to help everyone that needs help,” Anna said. “If they don’t know me, I say hi and get to know them. I think they feel welcomed. I showed someone new around the school and they were really grateful that I helped them.”
Her actions go beyond helping and befriending students. Anna is promoting inclusiveness and acceptance with her friend, Bella.
“My friend [Bella] has autism and I try to make her feel welcomed in the school and offer her to join me even if I know she might not be able to do it,” Anna said.
The friendship between Bella and Anna is deeper than classmates. Anna has learned from others about how to continue to be inclusive.
“I like having her as my friend and that’s really grown because we’ve been in the same class for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade,” Anna said. “Since then I’ve gotten to know her and her aid taught me why Bella is different from other people. I’m happy she is my friend.”
Anna also recognizes her dad, Trevor, as a positive influence in her life that continues to push her.
“He tried to help me and show me that even though I had a bad childhood, it doesn’t mean that I have to be that person. He tries to make me be the best I can be in sports and the world.”
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