Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, KS
Last summer I attended the program Kansas Girls State, essentially a mock government camp where delegates run for offices. Not knowing much about the camp I ran for Governor, the highest and most competitive seat. It was a long and interesting process, but I received top four out of 87 girls who ran. Through Girls State I was introduced to an organization called the United States Senate Youth Program. To even be considered for USSYP I had to go through a grueling four hour exam, several recommendation letters, and an oral interview. Only two students from each state are taken to Washington D.C for a week, with that being said I was awarded as top alternate in the event that a delegate is not able to go. I’ve had a lot of close calls, so I feel as if my time is coming and I’m ready for it.
I have been involved in the Yearbook program at my school now for four years, three of which I have been the editor. I have received three photography awards from the Independence Community College competitions and have won one design competition at Jostens’s annual yearbook workshop. Over the summer I was thinking to myself “Why wait to start my journey with journalism?” I conducted over 16 interviews of regular people throughout my community. Through this process I realized that this was my calling. My uncle is a computer engineer in Seattle and he is in the process of setting up a website for my interviews to be seen all over. In the fall of 2013 I plan to further my education as I will be attending the University of Missouri to major in journalism and political science.
Growing up my grandmother always had very strict rules of being thankful for what you have. This is why I believe she took on the job as coordinator for the community Angle Tree project for the less fortunate each Christmas. Since I was eight I have helped with this event. Whether it’s carrying presents into cars, buying the presents, or even wrapping them. I have also been involved in the Relay for Life organization since I was in the sixth grade. Last year my mother and I, who is a nurse in pediatric oncology, were co-captains of our team. In total we helped raise approximately $9,600 for the organization. Also, for two consecutive summers I have helped with the Special Olympics event in Emporia, Kansas. I plan to further my volunteering into my freshman year of college.