GAYLORD – Fayth Sanom admits she’s a very goal-oriented person. The Gaylord High School senior won the Alpenfest Queen pageant in July and is also a gymnast and cheerleader.
Soon, she may be able to add auto mechanics to her list of accomplishments.
For four years, Fayth has been helping her grandfather, Pat Sanom, in his repair shop (Affordable Auto Repair) in Gaylord. In June a deer knocked Pat off his motorcycle and after taking just over two weeks to recover from his injuries, he returned to the business.
“She found out about the shop and after (June’s accident) I really needed help,” Pat said. “His arrival and help made a big difference.
Pat was on his way to work when a deer rushed out of the woods and grabbed him sideways, knocking him off the motorcycle. He had broken ribs, liver lacerations and a collapsed right lung.
“I’m about 75% (recovered) right now,” he said. “One of the issues I had was with my strength. It’s hard for me to lift things, pick things up and move them around. Believe me, Fayth is strong enough to help me.”
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Fayth said working on vehicles in the workshop is very rewarding and plays to one of his strengths.
“I’m a very goal-oriented person and it fits well with what I do at the store,” she said. “It’s very rewarding to take something apart, fix it and put it all back together. Recently I learned how to work on a car engine.”
When Fayth visited Pat in the hospital, she knew it was time to step in and help.
“I knew he had to take care of the business, so I decided to come and help him,” she said.
Winning the title of Alpenfest Queen is an example of how Fayth pursues a goal.
“I admit that I was a bit unprepared for the competition,” she said, and realized she would have to get organized and focused.
“I practiced my speech with my mom and walked around in high heels in my pajamas so I could get used to it,” Fayth recalled. She also won the talent contest by performing a gymnastics routine.
Excited about her senior year at Gaylord High School, Fayth plans to graduate, go to college, and continue cheerleading. Eventually, she wants to enroll in law school and become a lawyer.
“I see her abilities and it’s impressive. She’s very determined,” Pat said.