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MARI KATHERINE RAFTOPOULOS

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: No fear

I'm not sure if it is the warm ocean breeze in the night that makes me this way, the deep smell off the bonfires lining the coast of the ocean or the laughter that echoes throughout the valley on a Wednesday night that makes me this way.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Star struck

A day ago, I was on my ranch in Colorado putting out salt blocks for the cattle with my father. Even though I had been absent from here since last summer and out of commission from the job of putting out salt blocks, nothing had changed.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: A ticket to dream

Two years ago, I was dressed in a one size fits all white graduation gown. Two years ago, I was the girl waving to my family in the stands of the Moffat County High School gymnasium as I received my diploma.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: You choose

He is handsome. He is smart. He is dedicated. She is beautiful. She is smart. She is dedicated.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Library lessons

Faintly through the headphones of a girl studying for her biology midterm, the sound of Carrie Underwood's song 'Don't Forget to Remember Me' whispers comfort.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: College: It's what you make of it

Going to college is something that has been instilled in me since I was born.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Tough skin

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos from San Diego to Craig

I have always called myself a fair weather skier.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: The winter blues

Ornament by ornament, my mother undresses the Christmas tree. The ornament of a pair of baby slippers that reads "Mari Katherine's first Christmas" gets harder to put away each year for my mother.

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