Fifteen-year-old AJ Spader was preparing for his first high school dance. The most important thing on his mind, however, was the one special person he wanted to take with him. The winter formal would have been AJ’s prime moment to dance with a date from school, but he had other plans.
AJ lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with his mother Stephanie, father Tony and his four siblings. His grandmother and Stephanie’s mother, Sue Peters, also lives in the area.
AJ was in the ninth grade at O’Gorman High School. A Catholic school, its mission statement is “to form a community of faith and learning… through gospel values and academic excellence.” AJ certainly showed Catholic values when he put aside his own desires and chose his companion for the dance.