Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, TX
As an International Baccalaureate School senior, I’ve committed to giving it my all since my freshman year. I’m ranked 5th out of 200 academically competitive peers and have a GPA of 100.26. Each year, I’ve taken IB core classes earning an A in each. My senior schedule includes IB Math 2, IB Physics 2, IB English 4, and IB History of the Americas 2. My other classes include yearbook (I’m Editor in Chief), advanced theater, anatomy, history student aide, and varsity golf team. I am also honored to serve as President of my school’s National Honor Society! My parents ingrained in me that the hard work I invest now impacts my future choices. I’m proud to say that I applied to 4 major universities, and I have been accepted to each one. I’m very excited as I begin a new chapter in my life!
My love for my sister with cerebral palsy inspired me to found the Wolf Pack PALS (Positively Affecting Lives Socially) club. My proposal included a mission statement, goals and a vision: to provide social opportunities for students with special needs while encouraging students to get to know the kids -seeing beyond their differences. With the Principal’s approval, I recruited my 5 best friends. Now the club has grown over the past two years to 50 pals volunteering. Seeing pals and club members riding together on homecoming floats and screaming at the top of their lungs at football games, I don't see students with special needs, but rather teenagers making memories. This club may go down in school history as the Wolf Pack PALS, but in my heart it will remain a dedication to my sister.
I never would’ve guessed that playing 18 holes of golf would teach me more about Type 1 Diabetes and independence. I’ve been on my school’s Women’s Varsity Golf Team for 3 ½ years loving every minute of it. For the first time since diagnosis at age 6, I was making my own decisions about insulin dosing and figuring out ways exercise affects my blood sugar hours after activity. Some days, I’m in range able to par every now and then, and other days I miss the mark coming home feeling less than par. As a 6 year old in the hospital, I never would’ve imagined that 11 years later I would win the 2012 District Golf Championship! Golf has taught me multiple lessons about honesty, dedication, and having fun. With diabetes and golf, I’ve learned that perseverance and prayer really do pay off.