Hi, I’m Colton. I’m 13 and an 8th grader at Hallsville Middle School. I like to play sports- football, baseball, basketball and run track If I have to pick a favorite I’d say it is baseball. In my spare time I like to hang with friends at our houses or playing online video games like Madden.

My parents and family helped develop my self esteem. My Mimi has always said “can’t” isn’t a word or at least not in her dictionary - so I had to try. And I did!

To be good in sports, you have to have confidence in your abilities For me-Confidence is something that is earned by hard work I’ve put in a lot of hours in practices and practicing on my own to improve my abilities

I try to help my teammates and friends with their confidence by telling them when they do a good job or show them a better way to do something. My confidence spills over into everything I do - it may have started to sports as that comes easy to me but I’ve used this confidence in my school work and life in general.

I believe I can do anything I want - if I try!

Colton, 13

My name is Adam. I am 14 years old and in the 8th grade at Hallsville Middle School. I like to play basketball, baseball and football. I also like to swim, play guitar, hang out with my friends and spend time with my family.

To me, self esteem means having confidence and believing in yourself. Self esteem can help you grow to be a better athlete, student and friend. I think it is also important to help build up other people’s self esteem by being a friend to everyone and showing kindness.

Adam, 14

Hi, my name is Xavier. I’m a 14-year-old 8th grader at Hallsville Middle School in Hallsville, Missouri. I like to play baseball, basketball, and football. I also like to hang out with my friends and play video games. My favorite subject in school is Math.

What does self-esteem mean to me? Self-esteem is having confidence in yourself and believing in your abilities. I feel like my self-esteem is pretty high and I try to keep it high by surrounding myself with positive people. I try to help others to keep a good self-esteem by complimenting them and being kind. If your self-esteem is low, I suggest finding better friends to hang out with, who make you feel comfortable and happy.

Xavier, 14