Bella is one of my favorite people. I may be a little biased, because I am her aunt and she is family. But she is one of the strongest people I have ever met. She graduated last year Class of 2016 from Desert Vista High School, and the pride I felt in her in that moment was other worldly. She has had a long journey to get where she is today, and she continues to discover more and more about who she is, and the type of woman she wants to be. If you’ve never met Bella, from the outside you can see her beauty. But what you can’t see is her silly side. She has a laugh that makes her double over and watching her laugh is one of the great joys in life. Her eyes light up and most of the time she laughs until she cries. These are moments I will never forget. Laughing with you, watching you laugh so hard you can barely breathe. This joy inside you, it brings life to any situation and you have the ability to bring a lightness wherever you go. Life is heavy at times, but you remind me of a warrior; strong, capable, and courageous. Life was never meant to be easy. You have shown that with grace and determination, you can do whatever you put your mind to. I am proud of you Bella, I love you and I hope you continue to grow upward in this amazing journey called life.