Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, KY
In freshman year, I joined the Go Green Club at my school, and my involvement in sustainability has grown with each year, culminating in my Senior Project, "The Henry Clay High School Sustainability Initiative: The Big Blueprint for a Smaller Footprint." I am in the process on making changes to my high school aimed to reduce the school's total yearly energy bill by 5%, or $20,000; changes such as installing timers on power strips in each classroom, sealing the building exterior, eliminating superfluous lighting, installing activity sensors for restroom lights, etc. I have been President of the Go Green Club the last 2 years, founding member of the Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council, winner of a NEED Award in Wash DC., organizer of recycling, rain garden, community garden efforts.
I have just been named a National Merit Finalist, an AP Scholar with Distinction, Kentucky Governor's Scholar, National Honor Society member. I have a 4.0 GPA for my high school career, 4.83 weighted. SAT of 800 verbal, 720 math, 710 writing. I am class representative of the Liberal Arts Academy Council, an accelerated program at my high school. My particular areas of interest are sciences, biology and chemistry. My goal is to become an environmental engineer. I won awards at the District and Regional levels of Governor's Cup Academic Team competition last year in science. I won departmental awards last year in Calculus and Spanish; in freshman year in English. I mentor a brilliant under-nurtured student at my high school. I won Outstanding Legislative bill at KY Youth Assembly.
Most of my community service is in the area of sustainability, volunteering at community gardens, developing a rain garden and vegetable garden at my school which feeds refugees. I interned for city government, mapping recycling containers, advising on additions of recycling containers, and I am a city volunteer for clean-up of the Kentucky River. I have developed recycling at my school. My senior project is aimed to save my school $20,000, the profits of which will fund textbooks. I have, for the last two years, mentored a disadvantaged girl at my school who shows academic promise but needs encouragement and guidance. I have gone to several elementary schools in our county to educate kids about sustainability activities and their benefits, and I have spoken to civic groups on BGYSC.