Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, AZ
My parents always told me grades were important. I believed them. I've never gotten a B on any report card. Did I mention I was a senior now? Who has taken honors, college, and advanced placement courses? Academics are important to me, I've taken a variety of classes, but I always make sure to put my whole self into any class. I did so well that I was able to finish math classes two years before my classmates. When I had an AP Biology teacher whose teaching style didn't match my learning, I bought study guides and taught myself the course. I got a 93%, even though I felt lost in class. I've always done well on tests too. I become a Commended Scholar in the National Merit Competition and earned a 1970 on my SAT.
Community service became important to me when I joined a church in seventh grade. My family and I volunteered on Service Day to pick fruit at a local park. The next year, I got involved with National Junior Honor Society and volunteered even more at places like the local food bank. That summer, I babysat a struggling family's children for free so the parents could go to work. When I got into high school, I found the Interact Club. Their community service orientation drew me in. I got involved in their food drive, helped lead the bake sale, raised money for the American Heart Association, and did a host of other things. My senior year, I became Vice President. Under my leadership, our food drive was the most successful ever, nearly doubling the meals donated to the food bank in years past!
My family didn't attend church regularly until a became a teenager, but I found a passion for little kids while attending Hope Church. I am one of a handful of volunteers who come early each Sunday to work in our church's Sunday School and Nursery. Last year I assissted elementary age (K-4) teachers before service. This year, I am one of three teachers of the fifth and sixth grade Sunday School, a new program at Hope. It's really exciting to be apart of building a new foundation in Jesus for kids on the edge of being teenagers. During church, I volunteer every other week in the infant room, where I am the sole supervisor of children under eighteen months. I want to be a neonatal nurse and it's been life-changing to watch the smallest members of Hope Church growing up.