Discus Award Winner
11th Grade, AZ
Academically, I like to challenge myself. This year I am taking two AP classes and have maintained a GPA of 3.9. I also am part of certain clubs that help me stretch and grow intellectually. For example, National Honors Society is intended to “recognize and encourage academic achievement while developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy.” They stress leadership, service, and character, resulting in well-rounded students. Also, I am a member of Catalina Foothills High School DECA, which is essentially a “business club” that helps us learn and practice successful techniques in the business world.
I take classes at Hebrew High that range from the Israel-Palestine conflict to Commitment to Remember. Commitment to Remember focuses on learning Holocaust survivors’ stories and being able to tell them until the year 2045(100 years after the Holocaust). I work at my temple, Chaverim, as a teacher assistant for preK and have been confirmed, which includes involvement in a service that confirms continuation of Jewish education. I hold the position of a teen advisory council member in B'nai Tzedek (a Jewish teen philanthropy group) and organize events to raise money to support non-profits. In April I will be on March of the Living, a 2 week contrast trip in Israel and Poland, where Jewish teens commemorate the Holocaust by marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
I am a member of the B’nai Tzedek (philanthropy group) Teen Advisory Council and help to organize events and fundraisers to raise money for non-profit organizations around the world. I am also the editor of Key Club, which is a volunteering club and includes events such as volunteering with the food bank or making cards for kids at the Ronald McDonald house. I am also treasurer of Make-A-Wish club and some events include selling Make-A-Wish wristbands, selling Make-A-Wish stars, annual chain link contest, 5K walk. All of these events contribute to the raising of money to fulfill wishes for the kids at Make-A-Wish Foundation. One wish is $1,000. Lastly, during the summer of 2011 I completed 43 hours of community service in 2 weeks at a variety of different organizations across the country.