Colby Grieff

Representing Shayla Loring Photography

Photographer | Shayla Samples
Dwight, IL
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Here is more about Colby, in her own words:

Hi, my name is Colby Grieff and I am 17 years old. I am from South Wilmington, IL, a very small town about an hour south of Chicago. I attend Gardner South Wilmington High school.

I love being involved in my school, meaning I am on student council, SADD, National Honor Society, youth philanthropy, Orange Crush, and played volleyball.

Unfortunately, my first scrimmage of my senior season, I tore my ACL, causing me to miss out on the whole rest of my volleyball season. I would say this has been one of the biggest hurdles ever in my life. I got surgery in October, and it takes about 9 months to fully recover. I am doing so much better now, and seeing my progress everyday is amazing.

My injury has not only caused me to be sad about the things I missed out on in my senior year, but it has also made me so much more grateful. It has showed me that I can do hard things and to never give it, even when it feels like you’re never going to get better. It also made me realize to never take everyday things for granted, and that life is such a gift.

The person I am today is because of my family, friends, school, and community. My family is always there to support me and my friends are always by my side when things get hard, and they are always up for fun, crazy adventures. If my friends had to describe me, they would say I am hard working, trustworthy, honest, and kind. I always try my best to be there for my friends and family, as they do the same for me.

I also love to help in my community, like I said, I am part of the National Honor Society. I love helping at the local food drives and cleaning up our local highways. Helping out the community and others is very important to me. I can’t believe I am already a senior, as the four years of high school have really flown by!

I am so grateful that I have the chance to attend this event and visit a city I have never been to!