Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, OH
Student government is essential in high school. I did not become part of Student Council until my junior year, but I am glad I finally did because it was an excellent experience. I enjoyed it so much that I ran for president my senior year and won. Leading this group has been an honor. I also got to attend Buckeye Girls State in the summer; this week-long mock government hosted by the American Legion was also an incredible experience. I met many girls from around the state of Ohio with similar interests. Even though I did not win the office I wanted to hold that week, my roommate did and I got to learn from her.
Athletics have always been a major part of my life. I have played softball and soccer since kindergarten. During high school, these two sports brought my favorite memories. All the blood, sweat and tears were worth the gratification of winning a game, making friends and learning how much mental and physical strength I possessed. I believe I had a positive influence on my teammates because they voted for me to be their team captains my senior year. The most rewarding experience from sports was volunteering for Canton Challenger Baseball. My team helped run practices and games for children with disabilities. Watching those children have fun playing a game I love was awesome to see.
Having faith is what gets you through all the tough times in high school, or anything else. I am an active member in my church’s youth group; we do many community service projects and go on mission trips. My favorite community service projects were done through Hammer and Nails, a Catholic organization similar to Habitat for Humanity, where we helped refurbish houses. This winter, I helped plan and lead a weekend youth retreat with a group of other seniors for the underclassmen in the group. We focused on missions and how every person has a mission, or purpose, in life. Retreats always rejuvenate everyone who attends and raises their confidence and self-worth. It is wonderful to get to share your faith with others.