Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, SC
Academics has always been the top priority in my life. Since elementary school, I always sought out to do my very best in my studies. Coming into high school, I had one goal in mind: to earn a 4.0 weighted GPA and seek a spot in the top 10% of my class. Throughout my high school career, I have maintained a constant A/B average in each of my classes and won a variety of awards, from our school's science fair to a statewide essay contest. As a senior in high school, it is tempting to take up a few easy electives to fly through the year. However, I challenged myself academically and enrolled in one of our school's most rigorous programs: dual enrollment. I am proud to say that I have reached and surpassed my goals. I hold a 4.0 GPA and I am the highest ranked male in my class at number four!
Student Government has played an integral part in my life. My first experience with student council was in the 6th grade when my peers elected me to represent our homeroom. Going in to high school, I carried student council with me. I decided to run for class president during my freshmen year. Although I lost, I persevered and continued on with the council. In my tenth grade year however, my peers elected me to serve as Student Body Vice President! This was a huge deal, being that I was the youngest student to ever hold the position in my school's history! I later went on to serve as Student Body President during both my junior and senior years. It is an honor to lead simply by serving my peers, teachers, and community members.
I was never a big enthusiast when it comes down to community service. I thought, "what am I going to get out of this?" I always had a pessimistic view of volunteer work until throwing a senior citizens prom for the elderly in my community. That experience during April 2011 changed my life forever. The biggest reward one can receive in return of community service, is the warmth feeling of generosity within. From that day forth, I have been leading my own community service projects and proudly taking part in others, such as my very own "Staying Safe in Cyberspace" workshop for middle and high school students and their parents or our school's first Breast Cancer Awareness Month Walk. It is a great experience giving back to those who have helped me in all of my endeavors.