Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, CO
Although I am valedictorian of my graduating class of 560, I do not consider that being the definition of an academically high achieving student. The numerous AP, honors, and concurrent enrollment courses I have taken throughout high-school, to me, exemplify an academic student! Being an active member of my National Honor Society and excelling in all my courses is what has given me the honor to receive the Congressional Recognition as an Aurora Scholar, which my Principal nominated me for. The award is not only based on outstanding grades, which I have an unweighed GPA of 4.0 and a weighted one of 4.7, but also on contributing and giving back to the community, which I am a huge advocate and leader of.
As student Body President of my school, I have been a huge supporter of fundraising and community service to give back to the people surrounding us. At my school I helped fundraise over $5,000 to grant a boy with cancer named Benjamin his last wish to go to Disney Land. Also, I volunteer heavily at the Hospital near my house. I realize health is a luxury and those without it deserve as much company as they can get. I feel it is essential for me to volunteer as much as I do to provide my classmates with a motivation to d so as well. Through my school I got my National Honor Society club to visit neighboring Elementary schools and to read to all the kids! Through my community service I have helped others, but I continue to do so with my leadership qualities.
Leadership is how I have began many new programs at my school. The biggest one, that has helped more teens than I could imagine is the Smart Girl Program. I run a mentoring position with teens in middle school who are going through very difficult times in life. We meet up once a week and discuss things such as communication skills, healthy decision making, and much more. The program is not only to prepare these girls for high school, but also for life. I began this program my junior year and it is very successful and is continuing on to my senior year. I love seeing the growth all the teens go through and how much we can all teach one another. Through my leadership, I truly feel I have made a difference in my community and in my school.