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about them. It can sometimes come off as annoying, but it’s just because I get so excited that I can’t contain the excite- ment. More people should get excited about the things they do; it keeps life fun!” Moore has lived in the Black Hills for 10 years, mov- ing to Custer from Michigan in 2007. She and her family had spent many summer va- cations in Custer and the sur- rounding area, so much so that Moore’s parents wanted to retire in Custer. “My dad had the opportu- nity to work out here, so my parents decided to move to South Dakota,” she said. “Being an only child, I didn’t want to be too far from them, so I came along, too!” Moore’s father, Marc, is the safety manager for the Black Hills National Forest and her mom, Mitzi, is now retired, but worked many years in retail and banking. “My parents are the best,” Moore said. “Growing up, they made sure I was a part of many different experiences: sports, the arts and other ac- tivities. They were always there for me, whether it was helping me sell Girl Scout cookies or helping me prac- tice my clarinet — which re- ally couldn’t have sounded that great when I was just be- ginning.” To this day, Moore is still very close to her parents. “They’re definitely my he- roes,” Moore said. “When my dad took his job in South Dakota, he was apart from us for about two years, so he missed a few big milestones. But he did it for my mom and me and I think it made us stronger as a family.” Moore said it was a culture shock moving to South Dakota from Michigan, where she had lived all her life. “I grew up in a small town — much smaller than Custer — but we lived close to large cities, like Chicago, which we Carrie is wearing a Native skull design T-shirt (S-3X), $34; red fringed shrug sweater (one size), $45; black rubber-band stretch pull-on jeans (1/2-15/16), $49; tan fringe and stud vegan suede bootie, $44; cream handbag with trim, $59; Trisha Waldron Designs jewelry, $15-$21; cream felt fe- dora, $46. All available at Doc & Alice in Hill City. would often visit,” she said. “So not having similar transportation means or even a movie theatre in the same town we lived in was a hard adjustment at first. But now, I love it and could never go back to living in a big town.” Moore loves the openness of South Dakota and the beautiful views of Custer and the Black Hills. “It’s almost surreal, because we would va- cation out here every summer, but now we’re living here as a family,” she said. But she does miss going to the lake — “the real lake!” “We lived right on Lake Michigan, so a lot of summers were spent at the beach, either playing in the lake or running down sand dunes until my legs felt like jelly,” Moore said. “I have lots of cousins, so many of my childhood memories are about me being with them, either at the beach, in my aunt’s back- yard or attempting to build a tree house. And even though one of my cousins tried to rake me up in leaves, I still love her — and all of them.” As a senior in high school, Moore went on a mission trip to Jamaica, where she and her classmates helped construct a foundation for a church and visited a number of orphanages. “I think it was the first time any of us — me, especially — saw poverty and help- lessness,” she said. “So from that moment, I told myself that I wanted to do something to give back when I got older.” After graduating from high school —  a small school with only 15 in her graduating class — Moore attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, graduating with a degree in journalism. “One of my high school teachers saw my potential in writing, so he encouraged me to pursue it,” she said. “And another teacher said I asked too many questions, so becoming a re- porter was really the perfect fit.” Moore was a reporter for the Custer County Chronicle for nearly six years. “It really was the best job to not only learn about the journalism field right out of college, but to also meet more people in my new home,” she said. “It was a great way to learn more about the community and to become a part of it.” Soon after joining the paper, Moo re joined Zonta of the Southern Black Hills, a non- profit organization for women that aims at DOWN COUNTRY ROADS 29