Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, WI
I have been an honor roll student throughout my school career. I was recently inducted into the National Honor Society in May 2012. I have taken honors math and science classes throughout high school, as well as AP language. I will continue with AP statistics next year, as well as biomedical science. I have maintained a 3.86 cumulative GPA. I believe that there is a small window of opportunity in life to make a large impact on my future, and I take my academic pursuits very seriously. My teachers awarded me with the Respect, Responsibility and Citizenship Award in December 2011. I believe this speaks to the status I have earned in their classes as a serious student, who works diligently to maintain my GPA, and also contributes positively and enthusiastically to classroom discussions.
Whether it is spending a week at Girl Scout camp with grade schoolers, or going to a senior citizen home to play BINGO or dance with the residents and talk about days gone by, I enjoy volunteering. I volunteer at my school at various sporting events and have worked in the community at the county fair. I have spent time with children in the Head Start program, bringing them a small bit a joy in the holiday season. I don't believe any project is too small, be it baking cookies for the local church fish fry, working at the concession stand at a football game, serving at a church luncheon, or filling bags with canned goods for local families in need. I go into the project with the intent to help others but find my personal satisfaction far outweighs anything.
Plain and simple, I love to meet people. I live in a small community, and camps, whether religious, academic or athletic, provide an outlet to meet amazing people I may not have otherwise met. I have attended cross country (running camp) two summers. I like to challenge myself and be pushed to reach goals in running I did not think I was able to attain. I also like having running as a positive outlet for stress. I've attended the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC) Leadership camp three summers from 2010-2012. This is a camp that teaches leadership, problem- solving, relationship building and diversity training. I also have attended religious retreats to enhance my spirituality, and will attend the Catholic Youth Conference in Minnesota in the near future.