October 28, 2021
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By: Savannah Ashley
September 10, 2021

Everybody has it, but nobody chooses it. Heritage. Heritage is special that way, almost like a present. Even in the womb while you’re forming into what you are today you have heritage from both your mom and dad, and once you're born it’s an everlasting adventure learning more about it. 

I would ask at a young age, “Mom, what am I made of?” Or “What parts of the world do I come from dad?” and it’s always been some uncertain guess, but it was just the answer I was looking for. Nobody really knows how much they have of what, until they have evidence to provide their true make up. Tests these days go as far as telling you the percentage of what you are and where you come from. Modern technology has really helped us answer the ongoing question, what am I made of?

The best part isn’t even the fact that we have the ability to do these tests or get some of our questions answered. But rather the research that comes with it. I understand that when you're given a list of names of places you come from, it’s fascinating, but the most interesting part is researching such cultures, locations, traditions, beliefs, and the list goes on. The simple way to put it is, just because you are given a name, it doesn’t mean you necessarily know about what the meaning behind that name is. At least until you do something to understand or learn the meaning. Whether that’s by doing research, taking classes, and possibly visiting that area. At least in my opinion. 

It might be hard to grasp what I’m truly talking about. But in the long run, it’s as simple as this: has there ever been a moment in time you wondered where you come from? Maybe where your family has come from? Where your ancestors are from? The question may be complicated, but the answer is quite simple. You don’t know. You must do your part to know and understand and learn about who you are and what your makeup is.

Do you want to learn who you are? I sure don’t have the answers, but I do take questions regarding past articles and topic ideas! My email is open at


Savannah Ashley is a local middle schooler who has an enthusiasm for mountain biking, rock climbing, writing, art, science, sports and animals. One day she hopes to be a forensic scientist. She started writing for the local newspaper to spark an interest in the minds of adolescents. She has taken part in 4-H for a total of five years in the past. She knows what loss feels like and she can accept it. You can expect articles that include news and any other information broken down in a way to make parents more comfortable to let their kids read. She hopes for you, and other readers to enjoy what she has to offer, and that you share her articles with those who may be interested. You can contact her at any time with questions or comments at: