#HomeGrownStories – Sarah Swisher, #homegrownintern

Sarah Swisher is a lifelong resident of Miami County and recent graduate of Bethel High School. She is currently spending part of her summer as the intern for the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau. You can find all her social media posts under the hashtag #HomeGrownIntern.

A little about me:
I was born and raised in New Carlisle but went to school in Miami County my whole life. I went to preschool at Stepping Stones in Tipp City and kindergarten at Bethel and first and second grade at Piqua Catholic. I then went to Bethel from third grade until I graduated from there this June. I currently live in Tipp City with my mom, dad, sister, and my dog, Tulip.

I’ve played sports my entire life, even football. The sports I played in high school were basketball, volleyball, track, and soccer. This fall I am attending Wright State University, Lake Campus in Celina and I will be studying Marketing. I’m excited to play basketball for the Lakers!

How I became the Summer Intern for MCVCB.:
My whole life I’ve been “voluntold” to do things by my mom, Lorna Swisher, Mainstreet Piqua Director, and through her, not only did I discover what I want to do in life, but I also have met a lot of wonderful people like Diana Thompson at the bureau. I think this internship is a perfect fit for me right now because I’ll be able to dip my foot in the very large and important world of social media and also be able to see how events are started and planned.

Along with my internship here at the Vistors Bureau, I also work at Cedar Springs Pavilion. I help with weddings mostly on the weekends. It’s a really beautiful place to have a ceremony!

What I love most about Miami County:
Seeing all of my mom’s events that she hosts has truly made me realize all of the support that comes from Miami County. Not only do I see how many people come to the events but also all of the volunteers and donors that she has.

How Miami County is different from other places I have visited:
Although you may not think of Tipp City, Troy, or Piqua as “tourist towns” there is still so much history. With every block you walk, there is another sign or plaque where you can learn something.

My favorite places in Miami County:
Susie’s Big Dipper is the best ice cream EVER! I love shopping at all the boutiques in Tipp City and Troy especially Merchant 31 and Living Simply Soap. I love going on walks at Charleston Falls. To do my training I attend Vargo Trained at the Athletic Proving Grounds in Tipp City. My favorite restaurants in Miami County are Beppo Uno, Harrison’s, and Mulligan’s Pub. All of the Miami County Parks are beautiful to hike, kayak, and hang out in. I always go to the fair to ride the rides and see my friends showing their animals. My favorite events to attend are Taste of the Arts, the food truck rally, and all of the Rock Piqua concerts.

Look for Sarah posting under the HomeGrownGreat social media accounts with the hashtag #HomeGrownIntern.