Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, WI
Throughout high school, I have maintained a 4.0 GPA and a spot on the honor roll. Last year, I was accepted into the National Honor Society, a group that looks for applicants who not only have a great academic reputation, but also have many different work and volunteer experiences. In addition to the volunteer work that I do at Aurora Hospital and tutoring, I also have a rigorous course load consisting of six different AP classes this year: AP english, AP chemistry, AP psychology, AP economics, AP spanish, and AP calculus. I also participate in academic groups at the school such as the Math Hawks and Spanish Club, clubs which further improve math and language skills. All of these classes and clubs prepared me well for the ACT, on which I received a 31 composite score.
During my junior year of high school I participated in a foreign exchange with a student from Germany. I spent seven months with her, attending school and getting to know the German culture, and then she spent seven months with me where I had the incredible opportunity to teach her about American culture. During this time, I not only improved my German language abilities, but I also improved my communication skills in general. My knowledge of both the German and English language increased simultaneously. I became more extroverted than ever, with the ability to talk to complete strangers in a language that I only recently learned. This skill enlightened me to an entirely unique and amazing culture and many new friendships.
I have worked my entire high school career, but I did not have a job that I loved until I turned seventeen and applied for an apprenticeship program. Prior to this I had worked as a McDonald's employee, a puller at Saukville Gun Club, and as a babysitter. But in the summer of 2012 I was trained to become a CNA, a certified nursing assistant. The training consisted of 100 hours of class at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, and then an additional 30 hours of clinical training. This intensive program was completely worth it for the amazing job I currently have. I now work as a caregiver at Ellen's Home of Port Washington. Going to work is a reward in itself. It is an amazing feeling to know that the residents there rely and care about me as much as I care about them.