Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, WI
Ever since I became a Student Council representative in 10th grade, I have realized the vital role it plays in the school. I knew that by joining I could be the change that I wanted to see in the school and I could also make something enjoyable out of it. That's why I decided to be the first Junior to run for the office of Executive President. When I lost the election, I was disappointed but not entirely surprised since I was running against the heir apparent. More importantly I set my mind on running for the Executive Vice Presidency my Senior year. I did just that and I won. Today, a large portion of my time is dedicated to running a Student Council of over 75 members, planning events for the school, advocating for changes in school policy and helping my fellow classmates.
I used to value academics above all, but I have discovered that they aren't all that matter. Overall excellence is the real key. I’ll admit it, I was into science. And during my freshman year I saw to it that I excelled at the science fair. Luckily, I had a friend with the same dedication to the subject as me and we started work on a project that's a bit too complicated to explain in the given space. Our goal was to win the State Science Fair and be nominated to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In the end, success was a welcomed friend. And although my interest has shifted to writing over the past four years, my work ethic perseveres. It is what allowed me to reach that level of success in the first place and to this day it remains my strongest asset.
This year I decided to give back to the great institutions that have fostered my success over the past four years. And I'm using the strengths and resources I have to do just that. For instance, I'm proud to say that I have started what I hope to be a tradition at my school-- the Student Council is hosting the first annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Nicolet High School.
Last summer I was selected out of my class to be a member of the National Honor Society and I decided to make the best of it. So I ran for VP on the platform of making the 25 hours of required community service fun and enjoyable-- we all know that's how to get high schoolers involved. I didn't win the title, but I still try to incorporate the philosophy.