Any chance to sit-down and dig into someone’s story, get to the root of who they are, speak about their struggles and path in life is always an honor and a wonderful opportunity. Telling people’s stories is at the root of who we are as journalists.

I had the chance to do just that with a wonderful young woman, for Cardinals Care and Redbird Rookies. The St. Louis Cardinals charitable organization wanted to highlight its Redbird Rookies program and asked if I would do a feature on a former Rookie — Gabrielle Stidmon.

She was a wonderful interview, a wonderful young woman, with a wonderful story to tell. Proud of her pending accomplishment to become her family’s first generation to go to college and a girl who has created her own success in life — no matter her circumstance, Stidmon was a spectacular subject for the feature.

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