Discus Award Winner
11th Grade, SC
Having been born with many medical difficulties (ie: needing hearing aids, having a VSD, etc) that have not only interrupted my daily life but have also greatly challenged me to overcome such difficulties, the drive for success in my educational career has always been prevalent. As I enter my senior year of high school, I have continued to maintain a 3.6 - 3.7 GPA (4.6 - 4.7 unweighted) and remain on the A/B honor roll. I am also a part of the National Society of High School Scholars. Since my HS career has started, I have been given the Elements of Literature Award in 2009 (9th Grade), the Spanish 1 Award in 2010 (10th Grade), and the "Outstanding Christian Character" Award in 2009. Currently, I am striving to obtain a 27 on the ACT for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.
Giving back to the community that has raised you and given you the opportunity to succeed is truly a wonderful experience. With that, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in South Carolina's annual "Beach Sweep" for the past two consecutive years in an effort to clean and de-litter our beach life. I have also enjoyed taking part in two major can drives at my school for the Myrtle Beach Helping Hand. Also, when the major Haitian earthquake occurred last year, my school raised monetary funds for missionaries to go and help with the devastation. I also plan to work together with my school next year in an effort to start raising donations for the senior class to walk in the MS Walk to help cure what has not only affected my mother but also many others.
Since I aspire to become a journalist or acquire a job within the Communications field, the realm of Arts has greatly affected me. For the past two years, I have been a part of my school's yearbook committee, and I have enjoyed every single minute of it. I have embraced different people's ideas and techniques in an effort to better my own talents. The whole aspect of yearbook (journalistic writing, photography, public relations) has honestly made me even more excited for the college experience. In addition to yearbook, I enjoy writing. I have taken creative writing classes at my school which have resulted in original poems and a 30-page novella! In essence, writing is what I am. I am what I write, and with words, I believe that you can change society and the world in great ways.