Discus Award Winner
10th Grade, MD
Being a part of an advanced program known as the Magnet Program has exposed me to a wide variety of technology and allowed me to gain knowledge in many topics. Although I first was not accepted in this program, when i later was, I was extremely happy that I had made the decision to apply. From the first day of middle school, I had begun learning a program which I never had even heard of. Each day was something new and interesting to me. After exiting the middle school program, I applied to the high school program where I was accepted in the first application. Although only having completed my freshman year of the program, I have learned more programs and continued to make friends who share the same interests as me. These programs have helped to shape me as a person.
Living in Montgomery County, Maryland has given me an aspect that many people across the country do not experience. A high school requirement for each student is to complete 70 hours of community service. This first was more of another tedious task to complete, but later became a joyful experience. Before I left elementary school, my teacher was offering service hours if work was done for his classroom. I entered middle school with a job in his classroom which allowed me to receive about 50 hours. Later in the year, I was also offered a position in the then-recently implemented Ruth Rales program where students with difficulty in reading would be tutored. After the first year, I realized how much I had impacted a student's life and continued working in the program for the next three years.
I have been involved in student government serving a wide variety of positions for the past 4 years. I began with SGA in sixth grade. However, in seventh grade, I was exposed to MCJC (Montgomery County Junior Council) working as the Evaluator, acting to tally reviews of General Assemblies and use the information. In eighth grade, I worked with MCJC as the Awards Director to tally points earned by middle schools in Montgomery County and presented end-of-the-year awards. To continue my interest in such, I have attained positions in MCR (Montgomery County Region) as the Public Relations IT Deputy and MASC (Maryland Association of Student Councils) as the Webmaster Apprentice. These experiences have taught me to complete my work in a timely fashion in a way that keeps me interested.