Live Life A Wildflower

Julie Andrew’s quote helps senior cope with anxiety

Brave. She’s like a wildflower. Determined. She keeps her head held high. Senior, Sophie Coy, is inspired by a Julie Andrews quote she read in a book when she was 16 years old: “Wildflowers – I envy them they’re brave. Seeds cast by the wind to land where they may; they stand and hold against the most-hot, most cold. They persevere, roots shallow yet fierce and free. They epitomize to me all that I sometimes yearn to be.” 

Coy has a wildflower tattoo depicted on the inside of her right arm. The idea of being a wildflower stuck with her through her years at Herron High School as she dealt with anxiety.

“Wildflowers keep coming back year after year, after being stepped on and pulled. They continue growing,” Coy said. “I started talking to my mom about it [anxiety] and actually shared things about myself and it helped me grow and keep going just like a wildflower.”

Cultured. She likes to travel. Appreciative. She values what the United States has allowed her to do. When Coy was 13 months old she was adopted from China. She now has five siblings. Coy is the second youngest child in her family so they are in and out of the house, but she says that her mom is her best friend. She traveled back to China with her family last year and was shocked at what she saw.

“It’s crazy to think that, that [China] is where I could have been,” Coy said. “I am so thankful to be where I am today but to have that experience of going back to visit.”

Conquered. She has gone through the struggles and comes out on top. Loving. She gives back and enjoys having a good time. Coy is involved in the Riley Dance Marathon club at Herron. This coming school year she will be president of the club which will put her in charge of coordinating the dance, other fundraisers and making sure that the other club members and Riley kids are having a great time.

“I love kids,” Coy said. “I believe that it is so important to dance for those who can’t.”

She also enjoys watching “FRIENDS” in her free time. She believes she is most like…  “Rachel … I’m not into fashion but like I’m not a clean freak.”

Coy is proud of her progress,“I am definitely proud of where I am,” Coy said. “It will help me to overcome more challenges that are inevitable in the future.” 

  Like a wildflower she has had the strength and determination to persevere and become the person she is today. Story by Kennedy Fisher. 

Smile on her face, senior at Herron High School Sophie Coy, shows off her wildflower tattoo July 9. Coy plans to work to be a wildflower in life’s future challenges. “School really brought out the stress in me,” Coy said. “I totally realized there is something more than just being worried.” Photo By Kennedy Fisher.