Allyssa Williams

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." — Barack Obama

Growing up, tobacco was a normal product used in my family. But as I got older, the effects of tobacco were starting to take effect, and I didn't want to let Big Tobacco win a war I didn't know had started. SWAT was there for me and gave me lots of opportunities and encouraged me to take action. I have been an active member of SWAT for the past three years. Recently, I was given the opportunity to speak to legislators at an open legislation meeting in Tallahassee. The trip was a great opportunity for me to build my character and confidence, and to learn new ways to effectively communicate with my peers and legislators. As my idol Barack Obama once said, "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."  Outside of SWAT, I am the class president for the freshman class at Osceola High School, and an All-American cheerleader in the OHS JV cheer squad and Sportsrock All-Star Elite team. When I'm not participating in these activities, I am spending time with my dogs and family.

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