I have a best friend and she is my mentor. She was there for me when I was in my darkest time, and she was also there for me when I was the happiest. There was one year when we were in the biggest fight ever. It was terrible! But somehow we both came back to being the best of friends. I owe her everything! She knows when I need some alone time and when I don’t. She always knows how to make me laugh, but she also knows how to get me to work harder. You know how people say that friends get friends off track? She actually keeps me on track. She’s so accepting and amazing and I hope she knows how much she means to me.

—Canaan Memorial High School