Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, NJ
I have always tried to put schoolwork and homework first. Since the fifth grade, I have been on the honor roll every year. As a junior in high school I was inducted into the National Honors Society of which I am now the treasurer. I took an AP English class last year and I am enrolled in two more this year (AP Psychology and AP US History). On the SATs I received a combined score of 1880. I am currently 17th in my graduating class of 307 students. I have continued to maintain a Grade Point Average of above a 3.5 throughout my high school career and about six out of eight of my classes each year are on an honors level.
When I was a freshman, our cheer leading team has hosted and competed in a Cheer For the Cure invitational competition where all proceeds went to breast cancer research. For the past four years I have volunteered in my church's food pantry. We separated and distributed bags of food to families and people less fortunate than myself. For the past three years and also at church, I have volunteered as part of a youth group to mentor and guide eighth graders on their way to complete the sacrament of Confirmation. We plan a huge retreat at the end of the year that is completely operated and run by us, the youth group members.
I have been a Varsity Cheerleader for the past four years and am now the captain of that team. This summer I was named an All American Nominee for my leadership and team-building skills. I have also been a member of the Junior Varsity Softball team for three years. Through Softball I have learned perseverance and continuing to work for what I want. Through team sports I have learned responsibility, teamwork, and leadership; lessons I will carry with me for a long time. Athletics are important to me because they set a precedent for work ethic. I believe that the determination and effort that I put into sports reflects directly onto my schoolwork.