Why I chose Animas...
I chose Animas High School because of the strong community and the fact that it's a college-prep school. I came from Mountain Middle School, another project based school here in Durango, so I assumed the transition would also be easier. I enjoy being challenged in my work and going above and beyond, and I thought that AHS could offer that for me. I also enjoy hands on learning and getting out in the community.
We are presented with many interesting projects that dive deep into real world issues and/or opportunities. We can also apply our own hobbies and personalities into our final pieces of work. Animas is not a perfect school, but it can offer opportunities to learn skills that you could not acquire at a traditional high school.
I'm a passionate animal advocate.
I was an intern at the La Plata County Humane Society for five years. I did many jobs there, such as play yard supervisor, kennel technician, and I matched potential adopters with their perfect dog.
I was also one of the founders of Pit Bulls for People, an organization dedicated to helping homeless pit bulls (which includes many different breeds) find loving, forever homes. I helped run this organization for four years.
To add to all that, I was a volunteer with Soul Dog Rescue, an organization that provides low cost spay and neuter for animals on the Navajo Reservation. I worked in intake, surgical recovery, and in the down time, I rescued strays off the streets. I have been involved in many amazing rescues, and have seen these, once stray, dogs adopted by fantastic families.
I did this work for around two years.
Aside from my previous work with animals, I am also a lover of photography. I have done two internships with photography studios and enjoy capturing photos of animals and landscape.
Along with all this work outside of school, I have four dogs of my own that I love very much, and I am highly interested in astronomy.