Young Women LEAD

Chance M Wilber, Editor

On Thursday, March 9th Amberly Snyder came to LTC to speak to all Sophomore and Junior girls from eight different high schools in Southern Illinois.

When Amberly was 18 years old she was paralyzed from the waist down in a car crash. After this accident she spent six months laying in bed wondering what she was going to do with the rest of her life now that she was paralyzed. She then decided to try to get back on her horses to get back into her rodeo career. This was very difficult, and she spent many months just learning how to get back on the horse and stay there without falling off. She finally figured out how to strap herself on her horse so she wouldn’t fall off while trying to perform in the rodeo. Once she got her system figured out, she went on to win many awards in the rodeo world, and five years after her accident,she was winning large title buckles.

She now goes across the country telling thousands of young women her story to inspire them to not give up on their dreams. When life threw obstacles in her way she found ways to overcome them and not let them keep her from her dreams.