Hitting Her Stride

Sarah and her house parentsSarah is the first to admit her life thus far has been anything but a fairytale.

She’s also the first to admit some of the poor choices she made along the way didn’t exactly help.

But once she came to the realization that there are always going to be downs in life, she decided to focus on the bright spots and let them lead her out of darkness and into the light.

Now, that light is taking her to college — and she’s letting volleyball and academics be her guides.

A participant in the Home’s Branching Out Independent Living program, Sarah will take her outside hitting skills to Yankton, S.D., and Mount Marty College to play volleyball while she pursues a degree in nursing.

It’s a path she started while she was at Central High School in Omaha before moving over to finish at Boys Town earlier this spring.

“When my mom passed away when I was 11, I started doing some dumb things,” she said. “Then, my dad moved to Washington during the middle of my sophomore year, and that’s when I went to Boys Town.”

It was there that Sarah made a commitment to turning her life around.

Not only did she excel at volleyball, but she also played forward and guard on the basketball team and participated in track and field.

Before graduating with academic honors, she became a certified nursing assistant, and now she’s just a few weeks away from starting her freshman year at college. Sarah said working with Omaha
Home for Boys Branching Out Independent Living Specialist Troy for the past six months has impacted her life in a positive way — more than she ever expected.

“Working with Troy has helped my self-esteem so much,” Sarah said. “She believed in me when I didn’t, and that made me realize I could go to college, and it motivated me to want more from my life.”