To the Editor:
I am writing this letter to share my impressions of an incredible young man I met last year. I had heard of Michael Ham from some very special people whom I respect over the last several years. I had been told of his courage. Despite what many may consider a disability, he has never let that hold him back. He has refused to allow any physical and environmental challenges he may face to keep him from his dreams and aspirations. He achieved top grades in school. He was a part of extra-curricular activities and was quite active and successful in these during his high school years. He attended and graduated from Wright State University. I remember hearing about his eighth-grade Optimist Oratorical speech. He spoke about his mother’s determination and unconditional love and the unique support he received from several staff members of the Troy City Schools.
It doesn’t come as any surprise that Michael is actively involved in our fine city! If you frequent concerts, festivals or any other civic events, it is likely that you will see Michael in attendance. It isn’t simple for Michael to get to these activities, but he doesn’t let that keep him from supporting our city. He has acquired many devoted friends who assist him in doing the things that are so very important to him. These friends do this not out of obligation, but because of Michael’s honor and integrity! Michael doesn’t just attend. He observes and thinks and reflects on how he can offer his strengths to make things even better. He works for our great city! He is running for Troy City Schools’ Board of Education. He loves our community and our schools, and he is committed to doing what he can to make certain we maintain our excellence and sincerely look at how we can improve. He is not looking for recognition but to GIVE as much as he can to those he loves.
As a Naval officer and the son of Henry and Sandy Johnson, courage, honor and integrity were instilled in me as the way to live. Getting to know Michael Ham, I am beyond impressed that he embodies these qualities at such a young age. I look forward to his continued great work in our community and am looking forward to voting for him in this November’s election. When I go to vote, it will be with appreciation and humility and with a big smile on my face. Thank you, Michael Ham, for inspiring courage, honor and integrity in all of us who are so fortunate to know you and call you friend!
— Aaron Johnson