Alex, 12, loves living in the small town of Cleveland, N.C.
I actually grew up in Cleveland as a teenager, and I hated it for its rurality and cultural isolation (ha), so it was sweet to get to know the reasons why Alex loves it. She's related to nearly everyone in town, and her whole world is here. I filmed her after a freak snow storm in early 2017.
This video was published on America Heard, a political documentary project about the people who live in the United States' 435 congressional districts. This story represents North Carolina's District 5.
Producer, DP, Editor: Jacki Huntington