Ryan Baker, a graduate of St. Francis High School in Sacramento, has struggled with depression and anxiety issues for a while now. However, instead of letting their personal struggles control her and hinder them from doing what they loves, Ryan decided to create the award winning “Wash Away Project”. This project is centered on resilience, inner strength, and the ability to overcome personal shadows that have acted as detriments to the individual’s growth. The people involved in this project write the various words that represent their own personal hardships and challenges they have faced in their lives somewhere on their body. Whether it be due to sexuality, race, gender, or any other obstacles people face in their everyday lives, everybody in the world has had to overcome adversity and this project is the perfect stepping stone for not only those who participate, but also those who are inspired by Ryan’s work. After writing these words on themselves, they are then splashed with water to “wash away” these words that once held them back. The water represents the resilience to not let a person's struggle dominate who you are and what you are limited to. Notice that the ink left over from the water is still there, representing how our adversities are always remembered but they do not have to become who you are. Ryan's main focus with this project is resilience and self-acceptance with struggles that are a part of life and having the ability to move forward from them. Ryan has spoken in front of large audiences in schools to stand against bullying and to advocate for self-love. Ryan has truly defied the odds placed against her and we applaud their work!