CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The term "role model" refers to any person who serves as an example or someone whose behavior is emulated by others. A role model can be anyone from your older sibling or favorite teacher to someone you have never met, like a movie star or singer.
Several students from Valley High School shared who their role models are.
"My mom is my role model because she was the oldest of four children and had a rough life when she was little," said senior Alisha Carte. "Not only did she have her chores around the house, the yard, the garden and the animals, she had to take care of her brothers and her sister.
"Whenever something happened, it was always her fault because she let [her siblings] do it, and despite that, she has made better of herself. She married my dad and had me, swore she would make my life better then hers was. She got sick and left my dad all within a year or two of my seventh birthday.
"She's the strongest person I know," Carte concluded. "And even though I don't understand her actions or reasoning behind things, I know it's because I'm her baby. I guess that's why I've always looked up to her. Despite everything, she is the best person I know."
Senior Melanie Long also said her mother is her role model.
"My role model is my mom because she has always been there for me, and she has never let me down. She is a great mom and a wonderful person," Long said.
"I look up to her because she's so caring, and she has such a big heart. She would do anything for anyone if she could. She's such a good person, and I want to be more like her. She's not just my mom; she's my best friend."