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Curly hair, styled in a bob. A huge bow sits atop her head. Cowboy boots adorn her feet. This was the sixth grade version of Sophie Hardin, freshman. Now she’s got a new style. Popular, friendly and well liked. This is the new Sophie Hardin.

Hardin first came to the Park Hill School District in sixth grade as a total country girl.

“I was really outgoing and obnoxious,” Hardin said.

Although she ditched the bob’n’bow long ago, she has kept parts of her country girl past close to her.

For example, Hardin still relishes her curls on special occasions, though the bob has taken the high road. Cowboy boots still remain in her closet, to be used every now and then. And, of course, the occasional “y’all” is still in her vocabulary.

Hardin’s personality, though, changed direction when she moved to Kansas City. She went quickly from obnoxious and outgoing to sweet and popular. Now surrounded by multiple friends, Hardin has found her true personality.

Instead of the loud country girl she used to be, the company at South has helped her figure out who she is and become more confident and collected in herself.

Friends like Emily Arthur, 9th, say Hardin,”…was a lot more quiet and shy, and now she talks to everybody.”

With the constant style flow at South, Hardin has changed from fluffy skirts and boots to Nike Dunk high tops, skinny jeans and trendy tops.

Hardin said her family is very supportive of her change.

“Yeah, my family supports me with my homework, my studying and all my cross country meets,” said Hardin.

Cross country is just one of the personality-linked nitches Hardin has found in the South system. Hardin also participates in Women’s Chorus. She has found friends in multiple grades, a new fashion influence, and a team to compete for.

Hardin has allowed her new environment to change her, but she hasn’t let the pressure get to her.

“People have tried to change me in the past, but it didn’t work,” said Hardin.

Hardin may not have let people change her, but being at South definitely has changed her. Emotionally, she said she is more confident in herself. Physically, the trade of a bow for a hair straightener has shaped her into someone her friends, family, and herself love even more. Because that’s what change does.

And for Hardin, South was the best change she could’ve made.

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