Discus Award Winner
11th Grade, GA
Currently, I attend North Springs Charter High School where I am a part of the math and science magnet program and the visual/performing arts magnet program. I take specific classes in order to work toward my goal of receiving a dual magnet seal on my diploma in 2 years. This usually requires taking 2 science courses, 1 math course, and 1-2 music courses a year. So far in high school, out of the 12 academic courses I have taken, 7 were honors courses and 1 was AP. Next year, I plan on taking 5 AP courses and 2 music courses. I push myself academically by taking challenging courses and summer courses (so far I have taken two). What makes me most proud about my academic achievements is that i have maintained a 3.97 GPA while having very limited school attendance due to medical reasons.
Recently, I started volunteering at the Atlanta Humane Society. Before I began volunteering here, I was very sick, so I was unable to really get out of the house. This year, however, I have made a turn-around medically and have begun volunteering at the Atlanta Humane Society. On average, I have volunteered between 8 and 10 hours a week since I started volunteering there. I think that I am different than a lot of other people who volunteer there because a lot of them are volunteering because they have free time or because they have court mandated community service. I am volunteering because I feel like I was given a second chance when I got over being extremely ill and I wanted to make the best of it by giving back to my community in a way I love.
When I was in eighth grade, I became extremely ill to the point that by the second half of the first semester, I had to go on a homebound program and remain there until the end of the school year. Then, during 9th and 10th grade, my attendance was very limited The whole time, doctors would look at me, find nothing wrong, and give up on me, telling me that there was nothing they could do and that the odds did not look good. However, i am proud of myself because I didn't give up when I got this terrifying information. I continued to have hope that I would survive and that life would get better. I continued my schoolwork from home and maintained straight A's. Finally, I was able to get diagnosed and overcome my illness. Overcoming this illness is probably my greatest accomplishment.