Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, FL
By the end of my high school career, I will have completed ten Advanced Placement (AP) courses while maintaining an unweighted 3.98 GPA. I have been placed on my school’s Principal’s List for six semesters for maintaining a 4.0 GPA. I have won the highest award twice in a National Latin Exam, received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, and was a National Merit Commended Student. I am also an active member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa, Science Honor Society, and English Honor Society, as well as the president of Latin Honor Society. I was invited into these societies as a junior for my outstanding grades and participation in school. I know with my dedication and hard-working attitude I will excel in college, even in a challenging major like Chemical Engineering.
I joined the cross country team as a freshman and have made the varsity team the past four years. Our team qualified to compete at the State Meet the past four years as well. As a senior, I was voted by my teammates to be a co-captain. I led the team in warm-ups every morning at our 5:00 am practices and assisted the coaches in keeping all the runners organized at meets. In addition to these responsibilities, I faced a potentially season-ending injury my junior and senior year. After countless visits to doctors, I was deemed to have Vocal Cord Dysfunction which made breathing while running challenging. I was put on numerous medications and a special diet to combat the condition. Despite the struggles, I was determined not to quit and continued to compete as a strong attribute to my team.
I have spent the last four years serving food to homeless women and children at the local Coalition for the Homeless. I am also an active member of my parish’s Altar Serving Ministry, having assisted the priest at masses for the past eight years. My junior year I traveled to Honduras on a mission trip where I helped with construction of a small church and organized Vacation Bible School for nearly eighty children of the town. I thought I would make a difference in their lives, but their contagious smiles still remain lodged in my mind; I can never forget those children. After the trip, I vowed I would return and begin my legacy of mission work. Throughout college, I hope to make mission work not only one of my goals, but I hope to encourage others to make mission work one of their goals.