Discus Award Winner
11th Grade, MN
Community service plays a large role in my life. I am regularly involved in service projects. I deliver bags of food to students in need so that they have extra to eat over the weekends. Along that same path, I have helped organize a drive called Backpacks for Kids which collects donations so that students can have a supply-filled backpack to return to school in the fall. Other projects I have been involved with include: Habitat for Humanity, Veterans Day Program, Toys for Tots, Anti-Bullying Education, and our high school’s ambassador program. A year ago I helped to organize a cooperative event with our local car dealership called Drive 4UR School. We raised over $4,000 to be used in programs throughout our school. I like to be involved and to feel that my work makes a difference.
The arts play a large role in my life. I love to sing! For the past three years I have been a part of traveling nondenominational youth singing group called New Wine. We meet weekly to rehearse and prepare musical presentations within our own community as well as traveling across the United States. Two years ago we went to Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado. This year we are looking to spend time in Tennessee and the Carolinas. I am also in the high school choir. It is an organization that allows for more than just singing. Working in a group to put together a performance is very valuable. It not only brings people together but it helps to support all of its members in so many different ways. The arts are important to students because it supports them in so many independent ways.
Leadership and involvement is important to me. I have been a part of the MAHS student council since my freshman year. I have taken on responsibilities that have helped the organization. During this past fall, I worked with local businesses maintaining and stocking the football and volleyball concession stands. This involved ordering, stocking, dealing with money, and taking inventory. This year I am a part of the executive board of our council. We just hosted the Western Division Convention where over 300 students participated in a leadership workshop. As a member of the student council, I work with school administrators by providing them with information concerning students. Providing for the school and the community and being part of the decision-making process is important to me.