Sammy Shipman – True Beauty Initiative

Sammy is a junior at Augusta High School where she loves cheering others on. When she’s not cheering for football or wrestling, she loves cheering on friends, volunteering, and cooking.True Beauty3After high school, Sammy wishes to go to school to become an anesthesiologist.  She already enjoys learning about the medical field.laughterSammy likes to keep things lighthearted and fun, and she is continually encouraging friends and befriending those whom others may not appreciate. Best FriendsHer friendships are very important to her, and her super power is being honest, even when being honest doesn’t seem like the easiest route. True Beautyplaying in the rainTo be Sammy’s best friend, you need to know that she is sarcastic, sassy, and that she will always be there for you when you need her.BFFSsmileSammy is RESILIENT, and confides that sometimes you just have to keep moving on. True Beauty 1“Throughout my life, things haven’t always been easy for me. I’ve had many ups and downs that made me mature way faster than many of my peers. The first event that kind of messed up my life was when my dad passed away in April of 2011, when I was in the fifth grade. When my dad passed away, I thought my whole life was going to change, and in a way it did. During my childhood I was always a daddy’s girl, and the morning of April 27th, I lost my best friend, my fishing partner, and my dad.”

“The next life changing event was the day my grandma started getting sick again. It was right before summer started, and I decided I would help take care of her as needed. This was a great idea,  because my grandma and I got really close. She was in the hospital getting a surgery a couple years later and she was doing really well, but on the night of October 5th, 2014, she coded, altering my life once again.”

“My life didn’t get any better on its own, but I chose to stand with my head held high, and not let harsh events in my life change my happiness.  The best feeling in the whole world is watching things finally fall into place after they’ve fallen apart for so long. I started to realize that even though I had lost so many people in my life, I still have so many people who mean everything to me. I continue to surround myself with my friends and my family, truly cherishing every single moment with them, because you never know when it’s going to be the last.” Crossroads PhotographySammy wants to encourage young girls to never give up on your dreams, no matter what comes your way.  She is truly an inspiration.CheerSammy encourages girls to believe in themselves and to be who they truly are.  She shares that once you realize that you are beautiful, you can finally walk around and feel like you belong.  She says, “Once you believe you are beautiful, you have all the beauty in the world.” Storm with girl in frontThank you for inspiring us and letting your own unique beauty shine, Sammy!Close upView more True Beauty participants at True Beauty.Friends Forever

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