Johnston feels a great sense of pride over the choice she has made. She also feels it wouldn’t be possible without her roots.
“I’m very, very honored for the opportunity to represent my community, my school,” she said. “I wouldn’t have received such a prestigious honor without growing up in Ashtabula County, in the family situation I have.
“I can honestly say, growing up in Rock Creek, Jefferson, Ashtabula County made me the person I am and I wouldn’t take back a second of it.”
Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.