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Impassioned appeal that ‘You matter’

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Grangeville High School junior Hannah Forsyth gives her original monologue at the 2017 Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie program Saturday, June 3. To listen to Forysth’s monologue, see the Facebook page of her mother, Sarah Finley.

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Grangeville High School junior Hannah Forsyth gives her original monologue at the 2017 Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie program Saturday, June 3. To listen to Forysth’s monologue, see the Facebook page of her mother, Sarah Finley.



A variety of talents was showcased at the Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie program June 3 at Grangeville High School. Musical and athletic abilities were highlighted by vibrant, bright high school juniors.

One young lady, GHS student Hannah Forsyth, performed an original monologue entitled, “A Letter to Heaven.”

Forsyth laid it on the line with raw emotions exposed in less than 70 seconds. Her passionate plea was not only a tribute to her classmate, Rochelle Hilbert, who died in 2015, but also as a simple reminder to all that “they matter.”

“If you feel like you are facing a battle alone, I want you to take your hand and place it over your heart. That is called a purpose,” Forsyth said of feeling the beats.

An impassioned appeal from a 16-year-old girl who realizes a great truth: You are meant to be here.

Don’t fight the battles alone. Talk to a friend, a pastor, a teacher, a co-worker. You matter.

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline: call or text 1-208-398-4357.


Lorie Palmer is community editor for the Idaho County Free Press.



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