Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, CA
Ever since the fourth grade, I have been on the honor roll and received acknowledgment from not only my teachers, but also form the school staff. My freshman year of high school, I nominated my AVID teacher Stephanie Jackson for the Wells Fargo Stagecoach Legacy award and won. Along with that award, we received $2000 for our school and our class. In the fourth and fifth grade, I placed second in our annual Humboldt County Science Fair.
I was an active member in the Multicultural Club. This club allowed me to expand my work experience within the community, and my unconditional participation allowed me to be the top junior with most amounts of community service hours (400 hours). The club consists of many activities such as: graffiti removal, beach clean ups, car washes, cultural awareness potlucks, recycling and many more. Within the club there are many different programs and one of them is called Gang Risk Reduction Intervention Program (G.R.I.P.). It is designed to reduce and/or eliminate gang activity and violence in the schools it serves students whose behavior may lead to gang involvement, violence, hate groups or criminal activity. I was a mentor and a conflict mediator for GRIP and loved what I did.
Prior to my senior year, I was involved in AVID Club, Multicultural Club and DECA Club. I have received awards from all three clubs acknowledging my involvement and my leadership skills in taking on tasks independently and also for holding officer positions. Not only that, but I have also been active in helping out not only within my school, but also withing my Hmong community. For example, in our annual Eureka Hmong New Year Celebration, I am always involved, whether it be decorations, sound system, agenda setter or being part of the public relations. During the new year, I also take part in performing and serving food to those who attend.