Most people I know are about two inches shorter than me.
And post high school, everybody was ready to move on.
The daughter is scheduled to have a dangerous potentially fatal operation today.
The story will have a slightly grittier twist, but not so much that I need to change the overall theme.
One way you might try tweaking her background is by making her poor.
What about just Nova or Supernova?
So courage can be exhausted.
And honestly, I would be wary of cheerleaders too if that happened to me.