Discus Award Winner
11th Grade, NV
I am academically gifted and strongly motivated to do well. I am a student at the Davidson Academy of Nevada, a school that was founded for profoundly gifted students. I have also taken classes at the nearby University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). At the Davidson Academy, all of my classes are college-preparatory or college-level. I am a rising high school senior and have just completed Calculus II and will be moving on to Calculus III in the fall, at the university. I have maintained straight A's my entire school career, including in my UNR classes. My GPA in high school has always been at least a 4.0 and is currently a 4.1.
I am an active member of my school’s environment club, GECKO – The Green Earth Community Knowledge Organization. I have been in the club for one year, and in that time I have participated in two “green” competitions and organized a school-wide “Green Week” celebration. Several other club members and I participated in this year’s GREENevada Summit in April and won 3rd place with our plans to mandate recycling programs in Reno’s apartment complexes. We also went to a meeting of the Reno City Council to propose our ideas for mandating recycling in the city's apartments. We will be spending time over the summer putting up informational posters, about the benefits of recycling, at the larger apartment complexes in our city in the hopes that they will encourage recycling among the residents.
In January of 2012, I began volunteering at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, a museum geared towards helping children learn and discover facts about the world and about Nevada. I volunteer for three hours a week and I plan to spend more time there in the near future. I volunteer at the Discovery Museum because I enjoy the museum’s goal of inspiring children to learn and enjoy learning. I think enthusiasm and curiosity are integral to a person’s growth and strength, and I hope my experience at the Museum will give me the opportunity to spark children’s curiosity and excitement for learning.