Student spotlight: Brittany Hamm

Age: 18.

School: South Sound High School in Lacey.

Grade: 12.

Parents: Joseph and Tracy Hamm.

Best personal achievements: The thing I’m most proud of is maintaining the same job for almost two years while attending school. I work in the restaurant industry and have learned incredibly valuable customer service skills that will serve me well in any field of employment.

How I spend my time: I spend my free time helping others, letting them know they have someone there for them when they need someone to talk to. I like being productive: doing homework, cleaning, or simply staying active and keeping myself busy.

Favorite subject: Math. I like the critical thinking involved in math. I’m a very independent person and a quick learner. Learning new math strategies is very exciting, and it’s even more exciting to practice and perfect my math skills.

Favorite book: “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James. I’ve always been a resistant reader, but the second I picked up these books I was unable to set them back down. I’ve read the entire trilogy.

Favorite movie: My favorite movie is “Rent.” I fell in love with this movie. The message behind it is powerful, and easy to relate to. The characters have unique backgrounds and come together to address common issues we still see today.

Dream job: Psychologist. I’ve experienced many challenges. I believe I could use my own life experiences to help others going through similar situations.

Someone I respect: Both of my parents have helped to mold me into the self-motivated student that I am today, and for that I will always respect them.

My ambitions or career aspirations include: Attending Everest College. They have a great massage therapy program that has been highly recommended to me by more than one person.

Someone famous I’d like to meet: I would love to meet Rosa Parks. She is a woman who refused to be mistreated due to the color of her skin, and stood up for what she thought was right; for that I have nothing but respect for her.

What I’d like to achieve: Inner peace. I’ve learned that life becomes much easier when you learn to be at peace with who you are. You can’t love others until you learn to love yourself.

Someday, looking back on my life, I’d like to be able to say: “I never left anyone in the dark, but, instead, helped to bring more people towards a happier life.”

Biggest challenges facing teenagers: Realizing that they really only get one shot at life, and making the proper decisions that will help them achieve the lifetime goals they have set for themselves. Too many teenagers are wrapped in the now instead of looking forward to the future.

One thing in the world I would change if I could: I would make sure no child went a day without a hot meal or had to worry about where their next meal is coming from. All children deserve a fair chance at life.

Nominated by: Academic advisor Marlys Martin, who wrote, “Brittany is a lovely young lady who has shown a great deal of resilience in overcoming challenges, and I admire her attention to detail when she’s given a task. Brittany has great leadership potential, as she is the ‘spark plug’ that can light up a room.”