Our Youth

Philanthropic Spirit

Teaching children to give back to their community is something that parents strive for. Often that spirit of giving isn’t realized until a child becomes an adult themselves. But 12-year-old Riley Deitloff comes by it naturally. Her grandmother had a career as a social worker, and her mother a guild […]

Leading the Way

Caroline Gomel, Age 16   Life has a way of opening new doors when others close. For sixteen-year-old Caroline Gomel, she worried that when she stopped showing horses competitively, she wouldn’t be able to be around them anymore. But that changed when a friend told her about the Heartland Equine […]

Racing to the Top

Most five-year-olds aren’t experts in much besides playing, napping, and occasionally being mischievous. But when Joseph Mather was that age, he achieved expert status in his age group as a BMX bike racer. And at age six, he became number one in both Nationals and Worlds, beating 53 other six-year-olds […]

A caring ‘sole’

When Lilly Maddox turned 9-years-old, her parents opened up their home for foster care. To Lilly’s surprise, some of the kids arrived without shoes. Wanting to help other kids who might not have shoes, she decided instead of receiving presents for her birthday, she wanted her friends and family to […]

Sutton Banion — A Hero Among Us

Many kids want to grow up to be a superhero. But having one visit you in person is the next best thing. Three years ago, eight-year-old Sutton Banion underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his skull, a rare condition called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). During his hospital stay, a […]

Grace Hanson — Little Entrepreneur, Big Heart

Entrepreneurship often begins at an early age and with a simple idea. Baking cupcakes was an activity that eight-year-old Grace Hanson initially did for fun, but then she decided she wanted to sell them to friends and neighbors. With the help of her mother, Liz, who built a portable cupcake […]

Shelby Adams — A Strong Foundation

Confidence comes in many forms. For sixteen-year-old Shelby Adams, her confidence comes from her willingness to try new things. Those have included art lessons at age 6, Tae Kwan Do lessons at age 11, and home schooling at age 13. Since then she has become an award-winning artist, a 2nd […]

Cale Ferrin: A Star is Born

Cale Ferrin  |  Age 10  |  Reagan Elementary When you hear the phrase “meant to be,” it couldn’t apply more to Cale Ferrin who is a fourth grader at Millard’s Reagan Elementary and an accomplished actor. He also has a rare, genetic terminal disease called Fanconi Anemia that has no […]