Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, MA
Since eighth grade, community service has pretty much taken over my life. I decided that I'd take it upon myself to sign up for a community group. For 4 years, I've been dedicated to DJST (Don't Just Sit There). I've raised over $300 for a breast cancer walk (Rays of Hope), donated my time serving, and preparing meals for those in the soup kitchen. Did a project called "Adopt a family" in which we take 12 families that give us a wish list of what they need, and we go out and buy it for them,and the list goes on. I plan on continuing to do community service for a very long time. As a senior this year i'm running for vice president of the group, because,I've always been the chair for anti-bullying and violence. I love the feeling of helping people, and I want to be the change in the world.
My mom has always stressed the importance of hard work to me. She never let anything come to me easy. Growing up, I hated that- but now, being 18, I understand why. I got my first job, back in 9th grade at a summer camp. I worked at that camp for 2 years, and than moved on to an after school program at which I worked for 1 year. Currently, i'm working in retail at a store, and I love it. My mom makes me pay all of my bills- such as car insurance, my phone bill, and of course any type of leisure activity that I want to do. Because of her instilling those morals in me at such a young age, I've realized how far hard work can actually get you. Since 9th grade, there has not been a year when I haven't worked, it just feels too weird. I love my job, and from the looks of it- my job loves me
Everyone has always told me to join the drama club, because of my loud and outgoing personality. Never would I have thought, that i'd actually listen to these people, little did I know I'd be doing just that. The first time I ever stepped on stage, aside from dance recitals was when I performed in "Hairspray". That was probably one of the best things i've gotten myself involved in. It was so much fun, and I bonded so well with the cast. After that I tried out for legally blonde- but that just wasn't my place. I'll never forget all of the long nights I spent rehersing my lines for hairspray. Aside from a musical, I've also been dancing for 4 years, and this would've been my 5th- but my work schedule took over my dance time. Anyways, both things i've done have been great