Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, TN
From the moment I stepped into the doors of Central High School my freshman year until now, my academics career has improved tremulously. I have gone from a B/C student to an A+ student. My freshman year has by far been one of my toughest years. By being in a new school with over eighteen hundred students and having no friends, freshman year started off rocky. Every other day I was late for class and falling down the steps, it didn't look so good for me. If it wasn't for one of my loving teachers, I may have given up. With her encouraging words and great advice, I now hold a 3.5 unweight G.P.A. Along with this, I have obtained numerous awards for my accomplishment including being a nominee for the William H. Sweets Award. This year, I will also be induced into the National Honors Society.
One of the many community services I partake in, is volunteering with a local cheerleading team in my community. I teach girls, between the ages of six and thirteen, cheers along with dances. I became involved three summers ago when my brother started playing football for the team they cheer for. My title is junior coach. Not only am I their coach, but a friend. I create a relationship with each girl individually. I make them feel as though they can come talk to me about anything, and help them build self-confidence; as well as courage. I’ve grown so attached with the girls, it no longer feels like volunteer work, but a calling. I have not only helped them, but they have helped me as well. They helped me to realize my true dreams and aspirations in life; some I didn’t even know I dreamed.
Throughout my high school career, my faith in God has grown stronger. I have always been a believer, but by going to high school, I have created a bond with my creator. I thank one organization in particular for this accomplishment, Young Life. Young Life is a non-profit ministry, set out to touch as many teens as they can. While they don't force you to listen to the gospel, they still open their doors to you. I became involved in Young Life my sophomore year while playing volleyball. A young lady, Ashley Glisson approached me. She began to rant about how awesome Young Life was. With her vivid description and loving spirit, I agreed to visit. From the moment I stepped in YL, I have felt loved and accepted. From that day to today, I have been an active member of Young Life. It's pure bliss!