I Am Wilshire – Evelyn Wilson.
Education: I’m a junior at Lake Highlands High School.
Tell us about your family.
My parents are Trey and Megan Wilson. I have two brothers, Davis and Cameron. My grandmother is Pagett Gosslee, who is a longtime member of Wilshire as well.
What are your aspirations for the future?
I would like to attend a college outside of Texas. I would also like to do a semester abroad and travel as much as possible after college.
What are your favorite hobbies?
My hobbies include soccer, piano and reading. I am the captain of my club soccer team and I play on the varsity team at Lake Highlands High School. I take piano lessons every week and I LOVE to read in my spare time.
Where is your favorite place to travel?
For most of my life, my extended family would spend every other Christmas skiing in Crested Butte. My great grandfather, Bill Daves, started that tradition with his children and each generation since has continued it.
Where are you engaged in Wilshire?
I am very involved in the youth group. I sing in Youth Choir and Shekinah. I volunteer each summer at VBS, and I was honored to be asked to serve on the Pastor Search Committee.
Tell us about your faith journey.
Wilshire has never pressured me to make faith decisions. Other than my original interest in baptism coming only from my desire to not be left out during communion, I have always felt like my faith was my own and I could understand it in my own time. Because of that mindset, my faith was shaken last summer when I was told by someone I cared for that I was “unholy” and “ungodly.” Based on a personal belief, I was told that I couldn’t possibly be a Christian. I started to believe them and wasn’t sure I belonged at church anymore. After seeking advice from some trusted adults, I was able to re-engage at church. I realized that you shouldn’t feel shame if your faith doesn’t look exactly like those around you. I learned that my faith is MY faith.
Who do you look up to and why?
I really look up to my mom. She is a strong woman who leads by example. She has taught me how to take care of myself, how to be an advocate for myself and others, and how to show compassion and kindness to everyone no matter what.
What adjectives describe you?
Responsible, adventurous, competitive and compassionate.
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