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A Step Above Muhammed Ali once said, “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” These words have spe- cial meaning to West Career and Technical Academy graduate Amber Best. Having already experienced personal tragedy, she’s learned the value of truly embracing opportunity and living each day to the fullest. Being an exceptional student and star performer haven’t always come easy, however, and throughout her journey she’s found the courage to express herself, the resilience to bounce back after a fall, and the strength to be a leader and inspiration to her class- mates. With her sight set on a marketing degree, and further explorations of dance, she’s taking every day’s lessons to heart and nothing for granted, and for that, Amber Best is– A Step Above. G.P.A.: 4.3 Clubs/Awards/Community Service: • West CTA Dance Company, 2013-Present • Future Business Leaders of America, 2013-Present • Giving Grizzlies Mentorship Club, 2015-2016 • Summerlin Dance Academy, 2014-Present • VZ Dance Studio, 2014-Present • WCTA Dance Company, 2013-Present; Captain • Ensemble Dancer–Violet the Musical at WCTA, 2017 • WCTA Distinguished Dancer Award, 2017 • Capstone Business Performance Award, 2017 • Millennium Scholarship, 2017 • National Honor Society, 2015-Present • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2014-Present • Project 150, 2016 • Public Education Foundation, 2012 When did you first discover you had a passion for dance and what do you love most about it? “Dancing on a performance team with my best friends throughout my pre-teens was where I dis- covered that dance was for me. It was so amazing to entertain others. I love being able to express myself through dance and escape daily stresses.” How has your family influenced or inspired your actions? “The support I have received from them leads me to do things I wouldn’t normally do. In particular, they encouraged me to com- pete in dance. I wasn’t sure I would like competing due to the fact I am generally not a compet- itive person. However, it was such a good experience to measure my growth and travel with my dance family.” What’s one of the more difficult obstacles you’ve had to overcome? “My father played hockey all of his life and was left disabled from a hockey related spinal injury requiring major surgery. Watching my father go through this was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to overcome, but it encouraged me to never question what’s going on in someone’s home life and to respect all people who were going through the same thing.” What’s one of your favorite charities? “I enjoy being involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation due to the fact I have a personal connection with Type 1 diabetes. I see the struggles one of my closest friends goes through daily and love to be involved in anything that can get her closer to a cure.” July/August 2017 2017 Amber Best 41