The landscape of Laura Grace Rickard’s senior year was drastically altered because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally a time of celebration, Laura Grace had to forfeit all the historic senior-year traditions with her classmates, but she did not let that get her down. She persevered. She transcended a time of sadness and enormous disappointment and inclined her heart to sacrificial and selfless service. She did what she always has done… She answered the call to help others who were hurting or in need.
Amid the chaos, confusion and fear, Laura Grace was quick on her feet in answering the call to help make face masks for healthcare workers, first responders, hospitals, nursing homes and others who were in need. She immediately helped forge a team of sewing heroes that consisted of several women and helpers, of which she was the youngest. Laura worked non-stop, sometimes 10 hours a day, to meet the demand for face masks. As orders would come in for 10, 20, 50 or 100, she didn’t stop until all of the orders were filled.
Laura Grace has gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve her city and community in a challenging time. Her servant leadership and grace-filled contributions at such a young age have positively impacted countless people.
Leading and serving come naturally for Laura Grace, a recent honors graduate from Corner High School in Dora, AL. An active member at her church, New Temple Baptist Church, she has longed served as a youth team leader. During her tenure at Corner High School, she served as president of the Beta Club and was a member of the National Honor Society, the Corner Theatre Academy, and the Varsity cheerleading team.
Laura Grace has always sought to serve others with a genuine servant heart – demonstrating the sacrificial love, humility and service of Christ. She has organized and led numerous service activities in her school and community and has participated in local and regional mission trips. She represents the absolute best of today’s youth. She exhibits optimism, strength, vision, eagerness and selflessness. A role model to both teens and adults alike, she is an intentional and caring young lady who wants to make a difference and isn’t afraid of stepping up and leading the charge to help others.
As she turns the page to a new chapter in her life in heading off to college, she will, no doubt, lead with her Vulcan-sized heart and intentionality to make a difference and help shape the future of our city and region.
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