An amazing wit, an outrageous sense of humor, an extraordinary personality, and a worldly knowledge about life are all things that describe one young but amazing sophomore, Julie Rhettington. Suffering abuse from her sister in her younger years, Cassan learned to cope with what some would see as insurmountable trauma. She learned to take care of herself and look within for direction. Although this put a strain on Julie, it wasn’t as harsh as a diagnosis her family recently received, her father is dying of cancer. The news took its toll, but Julie has risen from the ashes, so to speak, nd has become an amazing and vibrant young woman.Seeing all that she has been through, what makes this fifteen-year-old girl have such an amazing and inspiring outlook on life? Blessed with a hilarious sense of humor, Julie can make any situation funny. She looks beyond momentary dramas and sees the lighter side of situations. Recently one such instance arose.
About a month ago we were all deciding what we should do for a friends going away party, it seemed as if everything was destined to go wrong. The worst part of our little party planning adventure was making our friend Katie a videotape of our oodbyes.Time and time again the tape would cut out or we’d have to re-record, etc. Using that wit of hers, Julie and I turned the tape into this incredibly funny inside joke.
We started making up songs and doing little skits and let everyone. Making the tape a joke helped us to excuse away all of the awkward pauses and start-over’s, etc. Julie’s demeanor also helped de-stress the evening and made the party a success. Although usually thought to be an immature quality, Julie’s ability to focus on the humor has helped her be flexible in any situation. Another amazing quality Julie has is her ersonality.
The ultimate optimist, Julie has this spark that makes most people love just being around her. Because of the various struggles she has been through, Julie has a very compassionate understanding when helping people with their troubles. She is an excellent advice giver and a realistic problem solver.
Julie always has a smile on her face and is ready to make someone else feel good about them self. For instance, my friend Katie had a problem with her family and Julie’s kind words and listening ear helped Katie better the entire situation. Julie’s spark has also elped her in her own problems.Her ability to be so loving has helped her forgive her sister and kept her as the apple of her father’s eye. Although she knows that her father will probably pass on before she graduates from high school, gets married, or has children, Julie lives day to day with a positive outlook on every situation. Another admirable aspect of Julie is her strong faith in God. Most people faced with strong obstacles loose hope and turn against God and his teachings. After dealings in witchcraft and deciding to abandon her Episcopalian background, through her friend KAtie she became a Christian.
She has since turned her life around and has given herself a chance for a life without drugs, alcohol, etc. Julie now attends church regularly and is an instrumental part of the youth group at her church. She has since lead her best friend, Rachel to Christ and has given hope to others. Although many would falter under all these pressures, Julie remains strong.
Also, instead of self-pity for the hard hand she has been dealt, Julie shows gratitude for her life everyday in all that she does. Julie’s extraordinary strength she would say omes from God because of his love for her and his presence in her life.Julie is one of the most special people I have known. We have his joke that she is my ? adopted? little sister.
We lovingly make references to each other as “big sis” and “little sis”. Julie’s amazing maturity and other great qualities make her one of my favorite people in the whole world. Her ability to have a great attitude about all aspects of her life gives me a respect for her that I don’t give to many fifteen year olds.
She is a truly special girl and I hope that her winning attitude will be with her always.