Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, IA
I have done a lot of community service throughout my lifetime. First of all, I volunteer at the Humane Society by spending time playing with the animals or even walking the dogs. I have also volunteered at an event called Community Meals. This is where every Tuesday, a different group of people will cook a meal and bring it to a local kitchen so that whoever is homeless or just anybody who can't afford a meal can come and grab some food. Not only do I participate in service opportunities in my county, I have traveled across the country through a group called Eyes Wide Open. Two years ago we went to Denver, Colorado to help at the local homeless shelter and nursing home and last year helped clean up the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Arizona, which is a very poor reservation in the area.
My faith life started at a very young age. I was born into a catholic family and went to St. Patrick's Catholic School from Kindergarten until the eighth grade. While there, we attended church every Tuesday morning and started off every other day with one hour of religion class. Even though i switched to a public school in ninth grade, my faith stayed strong by attending church almost every weekend. But, what has strengthened my faith most of all was becoming confirmed in April. It has taught me to realize how blessed my life really is, and taught me to put all my trust in God. Also for the past two years, I have taught vacation bible school so that I can help teach what I know about the faith to younger children and to let them know what an important role God should have in their lives.
Grades have always been important to me. I realized that good grades are essential into getting into the college I want and to help obtain a career that I truly love. For me, I would love to work as a Physical Therapist helping injured soldiers who need to wear prosthetics. I know if this is the career path I want, I am going to have to work hard to get there. That is why I work so hard in school. Throughout high school, I have maintained a quality grade point average. Most years I obtained between a 3.7 and 3.8 grade point average. After recently taking the ACT's, I received a 28. I got a 28 in English, 24 in Math, 32 in Reading, and 28 in Science. I believe that these grades, and working hard in college will allow me to pursue my dream of being a Physical Therapist for injured soldiers.