Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, NH
During freshman year, I made the tough decision to leave the circle of friends I had had since 3rd grade. It was important to me to make the change, and be around students who thought like me, could challenge me, and would inspire me to work hard and succeed. I started taking all the available Honors classes that year, and have completed 8 honors/AP classes throughout high school,always receiving a "B" or higher. I currently have a 3.7 grade point average, and have been on the honor roll since freshman year. I achieved high honors in my senior year. I was also the recipient of the Socratic Seminar Award in Honors English 10. In my junior year, I received the award for Highest Final Average in Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry, and was the recipient of St. Michael’s College Book Award.
In 2009, my grandfather, a decorated WWII veteran, passed away. He had told me how he missed many things about America when he was deployed. This prompted me to create “School for Soldiers”. I sent thousands of items for soldiers overseas by soliciting local businesses and holding fundraisers within my school system. Soldier's requests ranged from socks, to sunscreen, to stuffed animals for local children. I also volunteer as a tour guide and demonstrator at a local farm museum for their special events like Christmas celebrations, and the Ice and Harvest Festivals. I also organize groups of students to volunteer with me when needed.
I also help with the annual “Lakes Region Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser, in which the overall winner donates contest money to their favorite charity.
I have participated as secretary of the student council since my sophomore year, was inducted into the National Honor Society in my junior year, and was elected co-president of NHS in my senior year. I also sit as president of FBLA, Future Business Leaders of America. In addition to each group's ongoing volunteer work, NHS and FBLA have implemented programs that did not exist in our school before. Our newly developed "ambassador" program matches freshman with upper class students to help them feel comfortable and connected throughout the year. We proudly carry on NHS "greet day" . Every month we designate NHS members to come to the school early and welcome students and faculty. These students feel honored to be chosen for this duty, and it brings respect and recognition to NHS.