Annaliese was born & raised in Texas! At the age of ten, she was diagnosed with Generalized Torsion Dystonia, a neurological movement disorder affecting her legs, hands, feet, and neck. It also causes pain, tremors, weakness, and muscle spasms.
At age 11, she was hospitalized with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which lead to several other complications. This led to even more challenges for her, including difficulty walking and slurred speech. Despite these extreme complications, no question she is one of the brightest and most determined young women you will ever meet.
Although her condition would typically restrict one from driving because she couldn’t use the pedals, she taught herself how to drive by utilizing hand controls. And her self-discipline didn’t begin or end there. She is an academic force… The same year she was graduating as Salutatorian from her high school, she was also graduating Summa Cum Laude at Navarro College with her Associates Degree! She will be attending Texas A&M in the fall, majoring in Anthropology.
For many years, Annaliese has been deeply involved with her community, organizing charitable events, and volunteering through her schools, church, Salvation Army, and many other nonprofits. Aside from her academics and volunteering, she enjoys making jewelry, embroidery, painting & drawing.