For anyone that knows me, you know that my family is my all — they are my top priority in life and I wouldn’t be where I am without their love and support. Where I come from and my hometown is right up there on the list as well. I am proud of my roots and wouldn’t want to be from anywhere else in the world. My small town community is outstanding.

Over the past year it has never been more apparent that my community, hometown and my family are one in the same.

The community support has been overwhelming and I cannot put into words what it means to me.

During my audition to become the next FOX Sports Midwest girl nearly a year ago, fan voting played a part in the selection process — with that, an outpouring of community support came and I received thousands of votes to help me land my dream job.

Now no matter where I go at home, people — even strangers — ask me how I am doing, let me know they voted for me and wish me luck for the future. It is so touching and special that so many people are pulling for their hometown girl.

I am so very grateful and blessed to have such a support system.

When I first received the position last July, I was invited to participate in the Valmeyer Classic Fourth of July Tournament parade. More recently I was asked to speak at two of my local Rotary Clubs. I couldn’t believe that experienced professionals and veterans in the community, my elders, wanted to hear me speak. What an honor.

 

When the time came for me to move on from my hometown newspaper, the Republic-Times, to pursue other opportunities I received such a sweet shout-out and goodbye from a R-T columnist and my successor.

I look forward to what is to come. I know it will not be easy, it will require hard work and a good foundation — I thank my community, the extended family I now realize I have, for that strong foundation. Thank you for your support, it means the world to me.