My name is Mercedes Stover but everyone calls me Sadie. I am from Raleigh, North Carolina and I am an Animal Science Pre-Vet major. I have loved animals my whole entire life and could not imagine myself on any other career path. I currently ride on the Ohio State Equestrian Team and am in the Mount Leadership Society. I have always been an active member in my community, even holding executive positions, with organizations such as Key Club, Beta Club, National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, North Carolina Quarter Horse Youth Association, and the American Quarter Horse Youth Association. I currently serve as the North Carolina Quarter Horse Youth Association president. I not only hold leadership positions in clubs but also was a foster for Independent Animal Rescue homing 6 puppies so far. One of my favorite experiences was interning for the Tammy Lynn Center. TLC is a center for the developmentally disabled. I served on the Toast Committee and was responsible for the silent auction at the Toast, our biggest yearly fundraiser. My favorite day was when I was asked to speak to the kindergarten class about horses. It was exciting to see such little kids so interested in animals and learning. Working at TLC allowed me to see that the harder you work the greater the benefit for the community and the organization. We had an extremely successful silent auction and raised over $200,000 total from the whole event. Being able to give back to your community is one of the greatest accomplishments to achieve. I hope to continue to give back through mount and other service clubs while I am in college and even after college.