Sailer Galusha-Mcrobbie was honored Monday at Pamplin Media Group's Amazing Kid event in Portland

Canby may be her home, but it's clear that Sailer Galusha-McRobbie's heart resides with the people of East Africa. Well, really, Sailer's heart has enough room in it for people from all over the world. It is that big, loving heart for people that led to her nomination and eventual selection as this year's Canby Herald Amazing Kid. Connecting with people is really what the 17-year-old Canby High School senior is all about and she enjoys walking that particular walk.

"I would describe myself as unique and a little different," Sailer says. "Something that's really important to me is connecting with other people. I think each person in this world has a unique perspective and an inspirational story to share. "My heart is to connect and find out what that story is and how I, and everyone else, can learn from it," she added. Sailer, who admits she was pretty timid when she entered Canby High School, now seeks opportunities to come alongside people and talk with them – locally and across the world. "I think traveling is a huge way to help get people to connect and learn about each other," Sailer says. And she's done a fair amount of traveling, having been to several states in the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, and of course, East Africa. It's there, working in an orphanage in Kampala the last two summers, she's found a calling that simply won't fade. "It has impacted my heart in such a unique way," she explains. "Those people have a very special place in my heart. It's very different from here. In terms of material items, I think that when people have less, they seem to have more love in their hearts – more joy, more love, and they care for each other more than I see here. That's something that really impacted me." While getting involved in the culture of the people of East Africa, she not only worked in an orphanage, but taught a Bible study in the remote village of Kachungwa, as well as attended to children being treated with malaria. Sailer isn't one for sitting on the sidelines when need and heart meet.

"The people there have a very special place in my heart," says Sailer. But her desire to impact lives isn't a new phenomenon. She's been in the people business for a long time.

She's been involved in youth groups since she was young, something that impacted her moving forward. Today, she works to pay back the many positives by volunteering in those same programs.

"When I was in sixth grade, I went to Wyldlife, which is a branch of Young Life for middle school kids. We got to connect, play games, have fun and have a little talk at the end," Sailer says. "I enjoyed that, so when I got to high school, it was a way to give back." And through Canby Alliance Church, she says she saw herself grow and develop through that church's youth group. Today, she volunteers her time to help those middle-schooler just as someone took the time to walk beside her when she was that age. "Middle school kids have a lot of challenges," Sailer says. "I think nowadays there's a lot of stress and anxiety on young kids to perform well in school or excel in some area. I really enjoy giving the kids an outlet to just be who they are and allow them to express themselves – regardless of what the outside world has to say." Recently, in a vote of her fellow seniors at Canby High, Sailer was voted "Most Likely to Change the World." It was an honor that Sailer said she found a little ironic.

"I feel that one single person can't go out and change the world," she says. "I don't see that as me at all. I see myself coming alongside people and doing life with them – just connect one-on-one or two-on-one. I want to help give people tools they need to survive or thrive. Maybe that changes the world for them. "I think it's a big task to change the world," she adds. "Maybe my fellow seniors voted for me because they see that I have a heart to help people individually, particularly globally." Sailer serves as the vice president of the CHS National Honor Society, enjoys playing tennis on the CHS tennis team, as well as writing and studying English. She also has a crafty side to her, something she says was likely passed down from a grandmother on her dad's side who is an avid photo taker and chronicler of the grandkids. "I guess that really just rubbed off on me," says Sailer. Once high school is complete, Sailer will head to George Fox University where she will major in elementary education while also possibly pursuing international or Biblical studies. And eventually, answer her heart's call for East Africa. "I would like to start a nonprofit that helps educate kids in East Africa," she says. "Hopefully, I'll be able to live in East Africa long-term, but obviously come back frequently to visit the family." As for being an Amazing Kid, Sailer says she was quite surprised by the honor. "I'm grateful for the opportunity," she says. "I'm not someone who likes fame or being recognized, but I'm thankful."

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