By: April Knoll
A few years ago Beth Vicory was a shy, timid young girl who had a hard time breaking out of her shell. That is until she discovered the Frontier Girls and learned that nothing was impossible, even with a disability. Now with over 250 badges to her name such as surfing and weaving, Beth has found her voice and a reason to keep pushing forward to inspire other young women. To date, Beth has achieved what no other Frontier Girl in the country has, earning two of the highly esteemed WOW awards, for accumulating 100 badges for her age level. However, that is just the beginning.
This 10 year old 5th grader from Chino Valley, Arizona doesn’t let her Autism stand in the way of accomplishing her goals. From competing in the Special Olympics to performing at Diamondback games with her sign language choir, Beth is proving to be a tenacious advocate for what can be done by showing a little initiative. Beth has also been chosen as an ambassador for the Million Misfit Sock March, an anti-bullying movement, based on the essay she submitted. Writing about a previous experience with an adult bully demonstrated that bullies can come in all shapes and sizes. But, no matter how big they can be, her confidence is bigger.
Being involved with the Frontier Girls and other activities has been a major force in building her self-esteem and confidence. The kind that can only come from being active with other children while focusing on teamwork, character development and appreciation for Mother Nature. With so many accolades under her belt and countless more waiting in the wings, Beth is sure to be an inspiration to young women everywhere for years to come.
Here are some words of encouragement from Beth to those young ladies who need help breaking out of their shell too: “Just because you have a challenge doesn’t mean you can’t do stuff . It just means you have to work a little harder and do things a little differently than someone else. There is nothing in this world that you can’t do if you just keep trying and never give up. NEVER let someone else tell you that you don’t belong, you aren’t good enough or that you can’t do something. Never, never, never give up! To give up means to give in to those people who would hold you back.”