I have often contemplated the values I learned while growing up in Minot. As the sixth of eight children with driven and compassionate parents, I learned to work hard for what I believe in and be thankful for my blessings. More importantly, I learned to challenge the status quo and give back where I can. While these values have remained, I was able to put them into action while more than a month in Tanzania this past January to launch the Ikirwa English Primary School. I now know these values have become the fundamental foundation for how I think about the world.