People Who Inspire Me

By Jane Hohman

Uncle Richard (Richard Linklater)

Richard was my mothers older brother. I don't have many memories of him but I remember the ones I do have. I always remember him in an automatic wheelchair, but always trying to walk whenever he can. He would also have been carrying around a big jug of Gatorade or water, later I found out it was to help his kidneys to work. He would always have something to say and all the while have a huge smile on his face. He could see the awe in small things and always ask the crazy and funny "What if.." questions. He always made you feel heard and made you laugh when you needed it most. He would listen to you and not ask for anything in return. I plan to try to be like him, to make you laugh and feel heard without asking for anything in return, just being happy that I can make someone else's day, and to find awe and wonder in the small things in life.

John Adams (2nd US President)

I started reading about him and his accomplishments during my sophomore year in high school. He helped write the Constitution, kept a fair and just trial for the English Soldiers who participated in the Boston Massacre, negotiated with France and Holland to help the Americas. He did all of this just to help his country find freedom. Most of the time he was in Europe, no one told him what to do, he did things on his own accord and didn't ask for anything in return. I was inspired by him because he didn't wait to be told what to do, he did things that he thought should be done. He did it for one reason, to help his country, he had a passion and he lived his passion. I want to work with my passion one day, most people don't have the chance to say that, but hopefully I will.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson was influenced by soul musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Etta James, along with rock musicians Radiohead, Garbage, Aerosmith, and Jimi Hendrix. She has also listed Reba McEntire, Bette Bidler, and Rosemary Clooney, Tina Turner and Annie Lennox. Her school's choir teacher was the first person to hear Kelly and ask her to audition for the school choir.

Teacher who Diagnosed Me with ADD

She was my _____ teacher. She was the teacher that helped me and my family know what ADD is and that I probably have it. Sure enough I was diagnosed with ADD along with my mom and sister. We might have never known about ADD ever or when it was too late. She inspires me because she knows what to look for and lets others know, even if it could get her in trouble. I want to do something like that, help someone not out of duty but because it is good and makes me feel good as well.

Brooklyn Johnson

Brooklyn is my soccer teammate, best friend, and sister. I have so many memories of her, all of them with a smile on her face. She is they type of girl who will kick your ass (excuse my french) if you are way out of line, but at the same time sit down and listen to your problems and try to help. She makes you feel heard. She also knows that most people aren't as delicate as they look, she will give you the real hard truth. She has grown up wanting to help the sick. Her determination, courage, strength and belief in herself and others inspires me to be myself no matter what anybody else says and to work for what I want and not sit back and watch the world go by.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates gives credit to his math and drama teachers.