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Shonjrell Ladner - Top 16

1.Tell us a funny story about a date night out with your husband.
Whenever I personally feel like I am failing, my heart changes when I step into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I hold new babies born on a weekly basis, suffering from drug withdrawal (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome). Many do not even have a home to go to, as they are up for fostering/adoption. When I look into their eyes as I cuddle them, they need help, and I know my purpose here, and I cannot stop.

2.What are the (2) most important things in your kitchen and why?
The perfect day for me would be walking through a city abroad with my family, learning about the monuments, cuisine, and just being in the moment! My husband and I recently traveled to the city of Rome, and each day, was a new adventure. It felt like I ripped a page out of a book of fairy tales, visiting a castle, seeing ruins I studied about in college, and holding hands with my best friend.

3.What do people assume about you that isn’t true?
I am a volunteer NICU Cuddler and a Board Member of a leading, addiction recovery center. I comfort babies; whose parents are not able to be there. These babies can not tell you thank you, but I do not have the words, to tell you the feeling you have inside, when they stop crying as you hold them. I share my experiences weekly to touch others, and hope to recruit more to join these efforts.

4.Tell us a time you demonstrated leadership skills.
The most treasured item in my home, is a crafted family tree I found at my late grandparents abandoned home. While I was visiting, my hometown, something compelled me to walk into a storage closet. I looked up, and there was a family tree, which my grandmother began to craft the year I was born! Dirty, I cleaned it up a bit, refurbished it, and now an heirloom, it means so much to our family.

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