The Features section contains stories focused on a person or group of people. I try to write them in more detail, which means they are usually longer. I really like writing features, but the best part of writing them is actually listening to the person while they tell the story.

I think hearing the story from the person who lived it is great, because you can see the impact the event had on their lives. Sometimes that impact is hard to put into words, but hopefully the features in this section are clear enough for you to look past the messenger and see the message in the amazing stories these people have to tell.

Some of these features are emotional. Some tell stories of triumph, others of tragedy. Some of them chronicle times of hardship and some of them times of hope.

I hope these stories inspire you as much as they have inspired me.

To the people whose words are quoted in the pages of this section, thank you for allowing me to hear your stories and help you tell them once again.

‘Explore. Dream. Discover.’

‘No boundaries

A Christmas wish comes true

A few footsteps

Brothers under fire

Coming home

Destined to create

Honored with FFA degree

From hair loss to hope

Hard work drives a dream

Harrelson links program’s past, future

Like father, like son

Making ‘our place’ a better place

Malkoff uses gift to give to others

Proud of Papa

Proud to serve

Sasnett honored for service

Soldier takes action to new level

The message still holds true

World Warrior