"Dogs have taken over my life. I don’t do any of those normal teenager activities. I’m all dogs, all the time—and that’s just the way I like it! I’ve raced a circuit of sprint races (20-45 miles) around Wyoming and surrounding states for three years (although I have been running dogs for almost seven). I’m currently building a team for the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. I have been working toward this race for a long time, so it will be a big deal for me. Next year, I will be doing some bigger events (50- to 100-milers) with my ‘puppy’ team (they’ll be one and a half years old next season) in preparation for my Stage Stop race.
Online school at WYCA worked for me because I have a wild schedule. Training and racing sled dogs takes a lot of time, and it is something that I could never have gotten into this deeply if I were going to a traditional high school. It takes me about an hour and a half to do my dog chores every day, and between running a puppy team for training and keeping my racing team in shape, I can be out training dogs for four hours on any given day. Also, because having 20 sled dogs is expensive, online school allowed me to have a job. I loved it because I could work on school when it was best for me and not be locked inside a building all day long!
In five years, I see myself still on the runners behind a team! I want to go pro with sled dogs, because it’s something that I love to do, and I couldn’t dream of life without having 20 crazy dogs around. I also really love to cook, so I would love to go to a culinary arts school to become a chef, at some point."