Introducing Ashley Courtney! Ashley is a 7th grade student at FDR Middle School and she is the winner in the writing category of the first Girls Unlimited website competition.
Girls were told they could write anything they wanted that had to do with being an upstanding girl in today’s world. Her story of being a supportive friend touched all of us at GU. We know Ashley will take her good heart out into the world and change it for the better. Everyone could use a friend like Ashley.
Ashley won $50 for her essay and was also told she could choose a charity that we would donate to in her name. She chose the ASPCA.
Here is her winning essay:
I recently just reconnected with a friend I went to elementary school with. She’s been going through a lot and opened up to me. Her name is Madison and she’s gay. She takes no shame in being who she is and I respect that about her. Over the past few days she opened up her heart to me and I learned that she has really been going through some hard times. Have you ever felt like you have to cut? Madison has suffered depression and to deal with it she started cutting herself. She once called me in tears. When I asked what was wrong she told me people where making fun of her for being different. I didn’t know what to say, but I knew she needed some advice. I told her to take a deep breath and relax and that’s when she told me she was so mad she wanted to cu.t I was in a position that I didn’t know what to do.
I told her that she was too good to go back to bad habits and I told her that I’m always going to be there for her. And she’s doing much better! I’m glad to know that a couple kind words helped her. I asked the question earlier “ever feel like you need to cut” and the truth is everyone breaks at least once, and that’s okay. Just remember you are better and stronger then what others say you are. Surround yourself with people who respect you and won’t remind you of what you aren’t. Surround yourself with positive people. Cutting isn’t a solution.