“I’d have to say my grandmother, because she was raised at a point where divorce wasn’t acceptable and she was in a really abusive relationship. In the ’80s she left him and was one of the first women in our family to be divorced, but it was a good thing. She got to live on her own and be independent and happy. I think that took a lot of courage and a lot of strength.”

Stephanie Kennedy, Mount Vernon

“I guess my mom. She’s always there for me, she put her family first, I guess I would go with that. With her time and with her love. She used to take us camping, but that was with both parents. She taught me to sew, we sewed together. And I learned how to bake pies from her. That’s a big one. I make a lot of pies for special occasions. That’s where I learned.”

Carla Jess, Apple Valley

“I would have to say all of the first responders, dispatchers, paramedics and women police officers that are out there and protecting others. They are doing work for their communities and providing their services. Sometimes those women aren’t recognized enough for all they do.”

Jenna Boudinot, Fredericktown

“I would have to say Maya Angelou. I’m an English teacher and her being a very poetic person, as well as an African American woman, really speaks out to me. I teach 11th and 12th graders in Franklin County, so I use her in my teaching.”

Mariah Huster, New Plainsville

“My mom. She knows everything. She knows everything about how to raise kids, infant care. She’s a nurse, so she takes care of babies, she taught me everything about how to take care of them. And putting them first, before myself.”

Kelsey Norcross, Fredericktown

“My grandmother, because she prayed for me and I came to accept the lord through her prayers.”

Paula Jaugherty, Mount Vernon



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