Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, PA
I have been in Girl Scouts since pre-school. It is important to me because I can see the impact of my involvement in my community. I have completed my Silver award project which is a 60 hour community service project. The project was called Blankets for Babies and it consisted of community members and I making 98 blankets for premature babies for hospitals. I am currently working on my Gold award project which is an 80 hour service project. It is called Veterans Deserve More. I hope to raise awareness about Veterans Day to my church and school. I hope to get them to make cards and donate supplies for them. I am going to honor veterans at my church with gifts of appreciation for their service. I am also the community service leader for NHS at my school. I overall enjoy any kind of service.
I got my first paid job this junior year. I am working at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. I am specifically at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease working on a research project. This is the fourth stage in a program called the Physician Scientist Training Program. Each summer I conduct scientific research in a new place. The summer of eighth grade I learned for 6 weeks at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. The summer of freshman and sophomore years I performed research at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for 8 weeks. I love science and the experiences in the lab have been life changing. Even though I do not get to have a normal summer with family and friends, I have learned skills and techniques that I will never forget.
For freshman, sophomore, and junior year of high school I have been selected to be in the starting five line up for the Wissahickon Girls Varsity basketball team. Throughout these three seasons I have gotten a scholar athlete award and two second league awards for the Suburban I League. I also was awarded Wissahickon Classic tournament MVP. The basketball season is year round at my school which means up to 7 days a week I am practicing. I have also been coaching middle school girls’ basketball players to improve their game. Basketball does not end with just the team; I spend weekends improving my technique and skills as well. Such practice time, does not exclude summers when I am away at a summer science program. I continue to practice even when thousands of miles away from the team.