Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, NV
I have learned how to balance a very rigorous schedule. My freshman year I took Honors English which quickly led to AP World History and Honors English my sophomore year, AP United States History, AP English, and AP Biology my junior year, and AP Literature, AP Government, AP Psychology, Honors Physics, and Honors Pre Calculus/Trigonometry my senior year. I enjoy the challenge that those classes present and the different atmosphere created by the dedicated teachers and ambitious students. School doesn't always come easy to me but I am willing to put in the time to ensure that I excel in each subject. I am able to maintain above a 4.0 GPA every semester and am ranked 11th in my class.
My involvement in the community began because my Nana ended her life in suicide while I was in 9th grade. I became president of Make a Difference at Carson Valley Middle School where our goal was to create a better and safer atmosphere in the school. I also met Mrs. Posnein and three other girls. Together we created Living Out Loud, a suicide prevention group that raises awareness throughout the community. The first year I was Vice President and the years following I was President. Through the group we have spoken to the Kiwanas, and Soroptimist groups. During the beginning of my senior year I also was able to direct that passion into another suicide prevention group hosted by the AP Psychology class, I was elected for Vice President. I am passionate and dedicated about those groups.
I started Living Out Loud as a 14 year old girl having no previous leadership experience, but I will emerge with skills that are not taught in school. I have learned to drive my passions to help others in need, I have learned to speak with confidence and assurance, and to be a leader in my community. I didn’t realize the full gamut of how much it had directed my goals for the future until I attended Nevada Girls State. Throughout the week I was elected as City Council Woman and Senator. Sitting in a Senator’s seat at the end of the week, voting, and watching my piece of legislation about integrating a program for suicide prevention in schools and for educators being passed made me change my dreams of becoming a nurse practitioner to changing my major to political science.