Congratulations to James Johns! He was chosen to be featured in the Beauty Revived Most Beautiful Seniors magazine!
James has endured his fair share of trials. When he was 3 his parents divorced and his mother left, having no future relationship with him or his little brother. “I can’t complain much about that. Dad has been an excellent father.” After several other trials during his childhood, James decided to throw himself into something positive - Boy Scouts. “I loved it. I always loved, and still love, the wilderness. Its definitely my element.” Things seemed to be getting better and then James’s grandfather passed away. “His passing had a great impact on me and my father.”
But James has overcome these trials. “We stay strong in the face of all our troubles and we fight for a better life. Things were never easy, but it taught me that to be successful you have to work at it and be willing to take the good with the bad. My family has been my foundation through all of this and I’m very lucky to have them in my life.” Despite everything, James still says, “Life isn't all bad… its the bad that makes you appreciate the good more.”
James has recently made Eagle Scout, renovating three outdoor classrooms and a walking trail for a local elementary school as his service project. As of October 12, he’s also co-captain on the rifle team and has been to national competitions 2 years in a row placing 39/1100 and 69/11000. He also volunteers in a program through his church called Room at the Inn which provides shelter and meals to the homeless each year from December to March. This coming year he plans to staff at the scout camp in order to “give a little back” to his fellow scouts.
James is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society, through which he volunteers his time to the scouting program. He works with the Cub Scouts as an Assistant Scout Master, is a Webelos Den Leader, a Boy Scout Troop Guide and an Assistant Scout Master. “I love being able to help out anyone who needs help,” James says. “Too many people out there just think about themselves these days. As the saying goes, ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’ It works for me.”
After so many years without a mother, James may finally have someone to truly call mom. Four years ago, Diane stumbled into his life. She describes James as loyal, humble and appreciative. “He puts his needs second to the needs of his father. As most kids are saving for a car, James has not had this chance. He doesn’t complain. He just does what needs to be done.” In the past 4 years, Diane has become a mother-figure to him and they are now in the process of a legal adoption. “Although he is 18, he deserves 2 parents,” she says. “He calls me mom and I love him as I do my own children. He blends in with my family and it just seems natural. I want him to always know he will never be alone.”
Diane’s greatest wish for James is “that nothing ever gets in the way of him being the best he can be.”
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