According to Wealth Research Group,  about 98% of people go on living without fulfilling their initial desires. For instance, when one is little, they are often urged to respond to the question of what do you want to do when you are an adult.

In this age of technology and mechanization, it is not very often that we see children playing outside without phones or other social media outlets. The boys and girls of today can be somewhat reliant on checking how many views or likes they have received instead of thinking about what they enjoy doing. For the 98% of people out there who do not achieve what they aspire, we must recognize the 2%  that are gaining a grip on their lives, through commitment, one step at a time, like Alexandra Taffera.

"Every master was once a beginner."-Robin Sharma

Alexandra Taffera, or more commonly known as Allie, is a Sophomore at North Pocono High School and has gone far in doing what she loves. She is devoted to doing what she loves, living her talents and sharing them with others.

Allie, for twelve years now, has been honing her twirling skills to perfection ever since her mother, Christine Taffera, initially showed her the ropes. In fact, Allie states, "As a teenager, she twirled on her majorette squad in her high school band. Ever since I was little, I wanted to be just like her."

Soon after her mother started to teach her, one day in elementary school, Allie had heard that North Pocono has a majorette squad for twirling. Her heart leaped with joy at the sound of this opportunity to be like her mother.

As she worked to become a member, Allie was dazzled by a "featured performer who wore an all sequined uniform— that was Miss Trojan."

From then on, Allie was determined to be the best she could be, so she could one day become Miss Trojan.

"As of right now, that is the goal I am currently working towards," Allie remarks. "My dream is to become Miss Trojan, to inspire young girls like previous Miss Trojans have done for me."

"Gardens are not made by singing, 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade."-Rudyard Kipling

I realized how much Allie looked up to and loved her mother. She regularly said, "It's our thing." Then, she went on to say what they usually did together, like shopping and watching movies. Allie exemplified the genuine love that she has for her family by saying, "In whatever I do, my family and parents are my number one fans!"

Her kindness has shown through her words and actions, but what is even more impressive is how she is able to balance her family, school, work, twirling, and social life.

Allie has been on North Pocono High School's student council for three years as a secretary and is on the High Honor Roll. She is also working at Bill's Shoprite in Daleville as a cashier on Sundays. As an individual can see, Allie has a lot to tackle throughout her day- and this isn't even counting how much practicing she does for twirling- but she doesn't let that stop her.

She is a part of the Double "R" Twirlettes (and has been for ten years) as a featured performer and a teacher for a beginner level class and has been a band member for two years. "As a teacher, I’m blessed to have the potential to make a lasting impact on my students’ lives and inspire them to keep twirling and accomplishing their goals, on and off the stage," Allie revealed.

One of her favorite activities is partaking in twirling fire! She says that she is currently working on twirling three at a time. When I heard about this, I was shocked to find that she could do that! I know I would be nervous even to attempt this!

Allie has been able to perform in the Little League World Series Parade, the Miss America Parade, at the United States Capitol, at Niagara Falls, Disney's Main Street Parade, and Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguin’s hockey games. She has also performed at Leckey Live, Scranton’s Iron Furnaces Fire Festival, Great Adventure (Six Flags), New York City's St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Scranton’s Santa Parade, numerous football fields, the Viewmont Mall, and many nearby summer parades.

"When participating in this activity, I feel liberated; I feel as if I can accomplish anything. When I have a baton in my hand, I have so much happiness," Allie explained. "A lot of hard work has gone into every single performance I’ve done that it’s such a great feeling of accomplishment when you can see your work paying off. I’ve learned to perform in front of people, and I love every second of it. Because of the baton, I’m the person I am today."

This summer, Allie is preparing to perform on a cruise with the Double "R" Twirlettes! Allie says that she is very excited and grateful for the opportunity that was given to her.  I wish Allie the best of luck!

"Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are."-Harold S. Kushner

Not only is Allie beautiful on the outside, but she is also just as beautiful on the inside. Because of her kindness and hard work, Allie is following her heart and hopes to go to college after high school and major in elementary education and have two minors in Spanish and business, but she hopes to continue twirling in the time to come.

Good luck, Allie! I have no doubt that all your hard work and commitment will pay off. Thank you for your blessings of kindness and dedication to helping others to be the best they can be.

I challenge all of you this Thanksgiving to be like Alexandra Taffera. Our world, at this time, needs more people like her.