Discus Award Winner
11th Grade, PA
Academics has always been my strongest attribute. I have had first honors for the majority of my academic career. During my High School years, I have never received a grade below a 90. I currently take 2 AP classes and take 4 honors classes. I strive to take the most rigorous coursework and am not satisfied unless I get a 95 or better. I have a 4.0 GPA and am rank 10 in my Junior year class of 171. Currently I am a Diocesan Scholar, which means during my senior year, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will pay for me to take college classes until 11 am and then continue my regular honors and AP coursework at my school, Bishop McDevitt High School. I love academics because I love to learn and expand my knowledge of the world I live in.
Community Service plays a major part in my life, not just because it is a required entity for graduation, but because it allows me to use my skills and resources to help people. In my freshmen, sophomore, and junior years at high school, I have completed 139 hours of Community Service, of which only 40 were required. I tutored a 6th grade student in math, volunteered at a Church Rummage sale, painted children's faces at a community fair, participated in the AIDS and Breast Cancer Walks, and volunteered as a youth counselor at a science museum in Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute, where I worked as an Explainer. Community Service has changed my perception of life and I look forward to incorporating it into my life beyond my high school years.
From the age of 14, since March of 2010, I have worked as a Explainer in the Partnering for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) Youth Program in the Franklin Institute. There I participated on the leadership team in the design, planning, and hosting of major Institute events for the public, provided supervision, guidance, and mentorship to students in various areas of the programs, and participated in meetings and trainings. As an Explainer, I prepared supplies for the day, facilitated activities, games, and lesson plans, and cleaned up when programming was done. By participating in this program, I am able to learn more about science as well as help in the development of a child's interest in science.