Abbi Fitzpatrick is a team captain of the Cut Bank Wolves track and field team. Like any good captain, she understands the needs of her team and where she fits into it.
For Abbi, these principles also apply to life...
"I started the Glacier County Healthy Food Project. I work with low income families and families that don't have access to healthy, affordable food," she said.
That translated into over 66 hundred dollars raised and food boxes for roughly 640 families… Soon enough, Abbi's team-first approach to life was recognized and rewarded.
"The O'Bassett award, it was the first of its kind, I applied for it my junior year and I just went there this October. I went to Yale and got an award through it. It's the O'Bassett award for community engagement," said Fitzpatrick.
Her senior year brought even more recognition winning the Footlocker Scholarship for her involvement in the community and leadership in sports. Next year, Abbi will be heading to the Ivy League, an accomplishment she says was a team effort.
"I've had immense support from my family, from mentors, friends teachers, coaches.. They've all just pushed me towards this goal of going to an Ivy League college. It was a really hard decision, it was between Dartmouth or Brown University so.. I chose Dartmouth because I want to do engineering and environmental studies and they have great programs there and also my sisters there," she said.
Having been empowered by her support system and awards, Abbi hopes that her journey can help empower others..
"Showing kids that they can go to Ivy League schools, they can reach these goals, if they have them," said Fitzpatrick.