This year I will be a sophomore at Colorado Academy. I have been to Haiti once so far and hope to go again this coming year! During my first trip to Haiti, I met this amazing boy named Tsblada. I met him when I was collecting rocks. I would pick up rocks, stick them in a bucket, bring to this massive pile, dump them out, and then repeat this process. Throughout the day I had already seen him around the school, but eventually he came up to me and asked me in creole what my name was. I did my best to tell him my name is Gabby even though my creole was most likely difficult to understand. From there on we were always together. He would see me from all the way across the school yard and shout, "Gabby!". One of my favorite memories with him is going down to a stream to help him get water for his family. He would grab my hand and then sprint down this extremely steep trail. I was tripping and falling, but it was quite funny because he would then turn around and try to catch me even though he is about half my size. Later on in my week in Haiti, I was told Tsblada doesn't go to school with the rest of the kids because his family can’t afford it. Yet, he is such a happy kid, even though he doesn't get to learn and go to school with the other kids. Tsblada is a huge inspiration to me and I can’t wait to go back to Haiti again!