Becoming an advocate for others


By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



Essentially, people have two choices in life; they can become either part of a problem or part of a solution.

For Stover senior Destinee Wilson, becoming part of a problem has never been an option she wishes to be a part of, but becoming part of a solution is a challenge Wilson will gladly take on every time.

“I am going to Central Methodist University to study psychology,” Wilson told the Democrat by phone. “I want to work as a social worker in a school setting and help students, but especially kids who are in the foster care system.

“My stepsister has cared for a lot of kids who are in the foster care program and some of them have had a rough time making the adjustment,” she added. “Helping them get through those rough times and the transition is something that intrigues me.”

Wilson said that not only has watching the experiences of her stepsister helped in her career path but the advice of her friends, her mother and her high school counselor have also made a huge impression on her as well.

“I think one of the most memorable parts of high school is something my counselor, Mr. (Jeff) Backe has always told us,” Wilson said. “He always said that as a person you have to realize that if you want something in life you have to work for it.

“Things aren’t just going to be handed to you he told us all the time,” she added. “I really think that is true so I have tried to work very hard with everything I do.”

If Wilson has any regrets about her education it would be that she wished she would have participated in more activities while at school.

Wilson is member of FCCLA, the treasurer of Student Council, and a member of the gifted and advanced program at Stover, STEP.

Wilson, who graduated May 15, instead concentrated a great deal of her time focusing on her A+ tutoring and her dual credit classes.

“I wish I would have joined more clubs while I was in high school,” Wilson said. “The organizations I have been a part of have helped me a lot with my leadership skills and team work and problem solving and I wish I would have joined more of those activities because I know they have helped me a great deal.”

Wilson’s hard work has benefited her in many respects because she received a half-tuition scholarship to attend CMU this fall.

“After I started to look at colleges, I went to Central for a campus visit and I fell in love with the college.” Wilson said. “It feels a lot like home and I think it will be a good fit for me.

“I hope to get my degree in four years,” she added. “I think with my dual credit classes and if I can change around my schedule a little I will be able to accomplish it.”

Although Wilson has enjoyed her high school experience, she said she plans to move to a larger community after graduating from college to serve others.

“I really think I would like to work in a larger area than Stover,” Wilson commented. “I think it is time for me to go somewhere else and experience other things in the future.

“I’m not certain where I may eventually go, but I know I want to help others where ever I may be.”

By Hope Lecchi

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Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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