Greetings to all the officers and members who make our community,
I have had the privilege of representing the yachting community as the 2019 Queen of the Chesapeake for the past nine months, during this time I’ve also been completing my senior year at Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, MD, while participating in the E-CAP program allowing me to complete classes at Anne Arundel Community College. This year has been hectic applying to colleges, working, creating a charity event, completing high school classes and college classes while being active in our community as Queen.
I will graduate Chesapeake High School with nine AP classes under my belt, two credited college classes, a member of National Honors Society, work experience, public speaking skills, and the drive to continue to grow as an active member in society. In the fall, I will continue my academic career at the University of Delaware majoring in Neuroscience while completing a Pre-Medicine path. I’ve been contemplating completing a double major in Psychology and minoring in Spanish, but I have yet to decide. I’ve always been intrigued by the human brain and its functions and thought processes.
My passions run all over, but one trumps all. My passion for educating the world on mental illnesses. I have struggled since a very young age, with depression and anxiety. When I was crowned Queen, I knew I was presented with a platform to speak loud and proud about this issue near to my heart and home. Though my mother knew I was depressed, she didn’t know the extent, nor did she truly understand. How can a little girl who has only been alive for less than a decade be so sad? Why? How? Depression can stem from faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetic vulnerability, stressful life events, medications, and medical problems- not simply a chemical imbalance in the brain. I was numb during the time as my grandmother had died, and my parents were divorcing. I also have a family history of depression. My passion is to spread awareness on this vital topic. I want to show the word just how common these illnesses are within any community. Those who met me last year during my recovery from a major concussion can vouch, I was a different human being. Flat affect, little interest in doing things, sleeping too much, little energy, lacking effort, communication difficulties and so much more. But those who know me now know I am a very sarcastic, humorous, charismatic, driven, witty, and active being. Assistance through these hard times can make true colors shine and show the world who you really are. As Cyndi Lauper sings, “I see your true colors, and that's why I love you…” Love and support in a world where society creates stigmas and discriminates, takes us one step closer to full inclusion.
I’m forever grateful to have the support of my community through my journey. I am excited for my future endeavors in college and in careers. My work the past two years were made possible through my titles as Bodkins 2018 Princess, and as the 2019 Queen. Thank you all for the love and support enabling my growth.
Your 2019 Queen of the Chesapeake,