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contents 2018-2019 KBP STREET TEAMAMA BOUTIQUESCOUT & MOLLY’S BOUTIQUECOLOR SHOOTKick off PARTYAshley DeCock Medina Valley High School…
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contents 2018-2019 KBP STREET TEAMAMA BOUTIQUESCOUT & MOLLY’S BOUTIQUECOLOR SHOOTKick off PARTYAshley DeCock Medina Valley High School Class of 2019.Ashley DeCock is a fast pitcher and a quick thinker who is heading out of town in August to change the world. This born-and-raised San Antonio girl will begin her college career at Letourneau University in Longview this fall on an academic softball scholarship. She'll study biomedical engineering in the hopes of making a difference through innovative medicine, and she's as unstoppable as her curveball.Ashley always knew she wanted to go into medicine. As a young girl she thought she'd be a doctor, but she soon learned that there were other ways to make a difference in the medical field through research and development. Math has always been her strong suit, and she has her mother to thank for that. Ashley's mom, Tracy, is a woman in tech at USAA, and she's Ashley's biggest inspiration. "My mom is one of my best friends," Ashley said. "She's my role model. She's an amazing person, and I'd love to be just like her." Tracy taught Ashley from a young age to be proud of who she was and confident in her abilities. She taught her what it's like to speak up and find her voice in a male-dominated field. Ashley said her mother set the tone for being a strong woman, and she's carrying those lessons in confidence with her as she begins her career in biomedical engineering. Biomedical wasn't her first calling, but it's become her priority. She originally wanted to go into environmental engineering because she took a food psychology course in high school that sparked an interest in the environment. She loved doing research on where our food comes from and the environmental impact. But even with the shift toward biomedical engineering, she'll always be drawn to environmental causes. Ashley's heart for medicine was partly born out of tragedy. Her cousin recently lost his battle with brain cancer, so it's an area that's very close to her heart. She'd love to be a part of the solution, and he's inspired her to pursue this career. Ashley said she's really looking forward to starting college and embarking on this new journey. She knows it'll be an adjustment, and she knows she'll miss her family a lot, but she's excited to start. Being on an academic softball scholarship means that she'll have to prioritize both her studies and her athletic training. But she's been playing softball since she was 5 or 6 years old, and she not only played on a select team, but she competed in the Business Professionals of America, and she learned food nutrition and raised rabbits and pigs through 4-H. This summer Ashley will be traveling the country with her select softball team before heading off to college in the fall. Then she's off to change the world.Caitlin Hall Madison High School - Class of 2019Aman named Richard woke up this morning in California. He might have opened his eyes, but he wasn't greeted by the the sight of a beautiful sunrise. Instead he was greeted by Traveler — his guide dog and companion who navigates as Richards eyes in the world. Back in San Antonio a girl named Caitlin woke up to the rays of a warm Texas sunrise and the cold wet nose of a chicken nugget colored lab. Curtis is Caitlin's second guide dog in training, and the one who is hoping to follow the same noble path Traveler did. Curtis is a curious pup who's learning the basics of being a good boy, and each day Caitlin gets ready for school while making sure Curtis is ready too. Where she goes, he goes. And he's keeping her left side warm since Traveler left to fulfill his duty as a certified guide dog for the blind. Raising a guide dog for the blind is so much more than pets and puppy snuggles, but it's something Caitlin got into because of her love of animals. She started out raising breeding pigs through her local FFA chapter where she had to raise them and train them for shows. She knew they weren't going into the food system, but rather they were going to breedmore piglets. And the year after her first pig Missy went back to the breeder, she got Gigs — one of Missy's babies. Then during her sophomore year in high school she saw dogs on campus, and she thought it seemed fun to get to play with pups during the day. She applied for the guide dog program at the end of her sophomore year, and when she got Traveler, she realized it was so much more than playing with puppies. "Ultimately it changed me as a person," Caitlin said. "It's a big reason I am the young adult that I am today, and I attribute much of my maturity and character to this program." Only 30 percent of the dogs make it through all eight phases of the program and go on to become certified guide dogs for the blind. The ones who don't make it go on to other support animal roles for people who are deaf or have diabetes or PTSD. But Traveler was one of the few who made it to the top. Caitlin got Traveler when he was 8 weeks old, and she had him for exactly one year almost down to the day. The trainers teach them basic commands like sit, down, stay and come, and house behavior like potty training.They get all the rights of service animals, and Traveler went to school with her every day. "Every time I'm in public, he's in public," Caitlin said. When they're ready, they move on to their formal training, and they go away puppy college where they learn more advanced commands and behaviors. Traveler wasn't slated to go off to college just yet, but after one of the higher level trainers spent a weekend with him she told Caitlin it was time. "It's a hard process to give them up," Caitlin said. "Their leash is in your left hand at all times. They're your buddy." As any mama knows, it's hard to watch your baby leave for college, and after he left she wasn't sure she'd be able to have another service dog. She didn't know if she could bear the emptiness in her left hand and her heart again. But after she saw the difference that Traveler made in that man's life, she knew what she was doing was important. Caitlin said training a service dog is like having a toddler because when you get them as puppies they don't really know how to act and they're using the bathroom all over the place. But as they mature they become your best friend, and it's been great to have help from her family. Her little sister Morgan takes Curtis out to play until Caitlin gets home, since Caitlin also works at an animal hospital part time. She loves it there, and she's working on becoming a certified vet assistant. When she was little she was very spunky and witty, so everyone told her she should be a lawyer. And initially that's just what she thought she'd be. But after she got involved in the guide dog program, she started leaning toward a job as a vet or a geneticist with the guide dog campus in California. She started working at the animal hospital, and after discovering what being a vet really entailed she was hooked.California has an excellent program, but Caitlin said she's got her sights set on San Marcos. Herfather has been living in New Braunfels for the past few years, and she adores the area. When she goes to stay with him he takes her to the square at Texas State and they dream of her future together. During her junior year, she became very close to her parents, and she said they've had such an amazing impact on her life. Although her parents are divorced, Caitlin said they prioritize their children and the family really well. And she said spending time with both of them has built a great trust and a great bond. Her little yellow friend Curtis is set to return to campus for puppy college in September, so she's preparing her heart for that parting. The program she works with uses yellow and black labs and golden retrievers, and she requested to train yellow labs because her first childhood pet was a yellow lab named Jake. Caitlin said she hopes to continue making a difference in the world for people through her service dog training. And for now her left side is fully occupied by a very good boy who fills every day with the hope that she'll do exactly that.Mackinzee Sweetmanloves Meredith's confidence.Kinzee's own confidence has followed her onto the shooting range where she's been awarded multiple shooting Madison High School titles including junior world champion. Kinzee got into Class of 2019 shooting because of her hero — her grandmother Helen. Helen is a very proper, elegant 79-year-old woman lenty of kids say they want to be doctors who insists that the title of Grandma is much too when they grow up, but Mackinzee Swetman common. It's Grandmother for her. actually has some skin in the game. Helen started shooting when she was about 16, and Every since Kinzee was little she's been fascishe's got a world champion title herself. When nated with the field of dermatology. Her family has Kinzee's grandfather passed away, Helen thought she suffered with skin cancer, and rather than look away, might hang up her rifle, but her son — Kinzee's dad — Kinzee would watch the removal procedures with took up the sport with her. Then when Kinzee was 13 genuine interest. she took it up as well. Skin has always been a focal point for her. As a teen Kinzee said she's the only one of her siblings to take Kinzee developed chronic acne. She was bullied at up shooting, so it's something special she shares with school for it, and it wasn't easy to hold her head high. her Grandmother. They travel together to different "Kids are mean," she said. "They like to point out your states for competitions, sharing a hotel room and flaws." plenty of cherished memories along the way.PKinzee struggled with confidence, and to try and compensate she watched tons of makeup tutorials to try and hide her skin. But once she found a dermatologist who could treat her condition, she felt like a new person. The confidence boost had a profound effect on her life, and her doctor picked up on that. While she was a patient in high school, her dermatologist asked if she wanted to shadow him. She jumped at the chance, and she put in a few 8-to-5 days at his office learning what it's like to help people with skin conditions."She's so persistent," Kinzee said. "She's almost 80 years old, but she's out here in the heat shooting targets." Kinzee said her Grandmother is her best friend, and she turns to her for everything. Helen was also diagnosed with skin cancer, but it hasn't slowed her down. "Nothing can stop her," Kinzee said. "She's an amazing woman."This fall Kinzee will head off to Texas A&M to major in biology and biomedical sciences with a minor in psychology. Then she plans to go on to med school Now that she's experienced her own journey to acfor dermatology and hopefully change the world ceptance, Kinzee said she's on a mission to help other through her practice. She said she hopes to do things people feel confident in their own skin. She radiates differently because the current system isn't set up so positive energy, and she makes it a point to be a posidoctors can spend enough time with patients. She's tive influence on everyone around her — no matter hoping to find a way to be more attentive and thorwhat they look like. ough in her practice. In school Kinzee's favorite subject is science. She She also has a strong interest in the development of loves learning about plant and animal life and the vaccines. She said she'd like to find a way to go becells that make it all possible. And it's no surprise that yond sunscreen in the world of skin cancer prevenher favorite show is Grey's Anatomy. She said she tion. Kinzee said if we could find a way to stop thedamage at the first layer of skin it would be a game changer. She thinks a preventative injection or vaccine could do the trick. Another vaccine she's interested in is one for Alzheimer's Disease. It's yet another medical condition that's been a big factor in her family, and she's seen the tragic side of it first-hand. Her mother provides healthcare for a woman with Alzheimer's, and although she sees Kinzee's mom everyday, she doesn't always remember her. Kinzee knows what a cure or preventative treatment could mean to people like her. She has faith that something big will come soon. Faith plays a huge role in Kinzee's life. She's a very devoted Christian who weaves her artistic talents into her faith. She loves to paint, and one day she painted a memory verse on the cover of her Bible. She wanted to share it with people, so she put it on Twitter and gave people a chance to win the Bible by retweeting. She went to bed thinking she'd just delete the post in the morning, but she ended up getting more than 3,000 retweets. That one painting project has turned into a beautiful side business called Bibles by Kinzee. She said she loves that she gets to talk to girls and learn about them so that she can customize a Bible for them. To date she's completed at least 150 Bibles, and she now buys Bibles and paint in bulk. Kinzee said she also knows a couple of Christian songs on the piano that she plays for her grandmother during their visits. There really seems to be nothing that this determined young lady can't do. And while she hopes to bring home plenty of As as a new college student this Fall, she'll always hold on to the three Fs that are most important to her— family, friends and faith.SERVICE PROJECTS Animal Care Services Pet Food Drive Methodist Children’s Hospital Blankets Random Acts of KindnessMaking Headlines AMA Boutique Model ShootBeach DaysAnne WhiteWChurchill High School - Class of 2021hile other redheads may be fiery, Anne White is ball of bubbly energy. Her friends describe her as friendly and outgoing. And Anne said she's always enjoyed making new friends and meeting new people.When Anne's dad, Kevin, saw her interest in the sport, he took an interest as well. Although he knew nothing about the sport, he's learned along with his daughter, and now he's her coach. She said it's been an incredible bonding experience to learn with her father, and he's so proud of the work she's done. When he tells people his kids do gymnastics and "I love knowing everyone, being out there, and just shooting, they always assume it's her brother, Curtis, helping people," Anne said. who's behind the rifle. But Anne's father proudly tells When she was 5-years-old, Anne's hero was her uncle them it's his daughter. Jacob. He was a pharmacist, and she remembers visAnne said it's funny to her that some people consider iting him at work and watching his every move. So shooting sports to be better suited for boys, because rather than a princess or a vet, Anne's childhood aspigirls tend to be better at it. She said they actually had rations were to be a pharmacist just like her mom's to separate the girls from the boys in competition little brother. because the girls were winning too often. Now a decade later, Anne's aspirations have "I think it's because boys expect to be better at it. changed, but her bubbly personality has stayed the They're conditioned to think it's their world," Anne same. And she's since traded in her lab coat dreams said. "But girls don't have expectations going in, so for sharp shooter aspirations. they come in working hard from the start." Anne is a three-time qualifier for Junior Olympics for One of the funny things about Anne is that she's a air rifle, a two-time Bexar County Air Rifle Match self-proclaimed perfectionist. She thrives in a world Champion, and in 2017, she was awarded first place of air rifles, but one of her biggest pet peeves is the in the Junior Olympic Qualifier in Texas. sound of someone chewing loudly. Her family teases her about her aversion, and she said if she could creWhen she was 8, she joined 4-H because it just ate one invention it would be quiet chewing gum. sounded fun. Then in the summer between 6th and 7th grade she learned about competitive shooting, "With shooting my focus is heightened, and those and she began practicing non-stop. little things just grate on me," she said. "I don't let my "I practiced in my living room with phone books in a food touch, and I'm really OCD about a lot of things. But really every shooter needs a degree of OCD." box," Anne said. "And I practiced every day."Anne said one way she'd like to impact the world is by promoting shooting sports. She's on the rifle team at school, and when she came in during her freshman year and asked where the rifle range was, no one knew. "They have a state-of-the-art rifle range, and no one really knows it's there," she said. Anne hopes to become an NCAA Division 1 rifle student athlete, and then go on to compete in the Olympics. She once shot on a team with Kristen Hemphill, a huge figure in the world of shooting sports who won the NCAA championship as a freshman. She inspired Anne to work harder, and dream bigger. And Anne said it's the constant support and guidance from her mother that keeps her on the right path. "You don't realize how helpful it is in the moment to have someone guiding you like that," Anne said. "But I'm so grateful for it."Anne joined the KBP Street Team because of fellow rifle girl, Paige Bourquin. She met Paige in 4-H, and she was excited about the opportunity to join the modeling team to meet new people. "I really like the girls that I've met on the team, partly because I was new to the area," Anne said. The girls all go to different schools, they're into different activities, and they all have different personalities and dynamics. But the diversity of the team has been the most incredible part. "We bring things out in each other," Anne said. "We all just mesh really well." Anne will continue in her path toward greatness, and right now her select rifle team is fourth in the nation. "We're on pace to win national champs this summer," she said. And there's no question, Anne won't stop there.Finley Allen Garcia Middle School Class of 2023Holly Webb O’Connor High School - Class of 2022Holly Webb is a loyal San Antonio native who just likes to have fun. Her favorite days are spent hanging with her friends at The Cracked Mug in Helotes or strolling through La Cantera, and there's nothing she loves more than being treated like a princess.ing homes. Holly works with ACS three times a month, but the whole KBP street team helped run a food drive that brought in over 1,000 pounds of dog food. "The team has a purpose," she said. "It's more than just looks."She's a fancy girl who dreams of being in beauty pagHolly learned some of that sense of purpose through eants, but she hasn't always been completely confiher hero and older brother, Bryce. Bryce is a smart go dent in her own skin. -getter who's in the top 10 percent of his class, and "I do have this thing," Holly said. "It's kind of cool. It's Holly said he's the example she strives to be. called Morphea." "Ever since I was little, when he did something I Morphea is a rare skin condition where the cells atwanted to do it,&q
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