Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, PA
My peers often call me an overachiever. I always do my best at school. At the end of each year, I go to the guidance office to ascertain my class rank. Since my freshman year, I have been number one. To do this, I make flashcards for a majority of my tests. I also build understanding of information by helping others. The more times I explain a concept in chemistry or math, the more engrained it becomes in my brain. Outside of the classroom, I have participated in many academic competitions. On top of competing in JETS once and the Science Olympiad twice, my team won first place at the General Electric Engineering Competition.
In my high school, I am the president of the National Honor Society. As president, I decided to make a mark on National Honor Society. In addition to previous events, we are sponsoring the local food pantry this year. Our group sold tickets at a basketball tournament and earned $150 to donate to the food pantry. We also participated in a “Teens for Jeans” collection and donated 328 pairs of jeans to homeless teenagers in our area. Our Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser accumulated $1,048.69, nearly doubling the school record. We raised $101 by selling shamrocks to support the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. After spring break, we will collect toilet paper for the local food pantry. At the end of the school year, we will hold a tag day to collect additional funds for the food pantry.
During the summer and over the weekend during school, I work at the local McDonalds. Since I started in April 2010, I won Employee of the Month (August 2010), the Fry Guru Award, and the Hospitality Award. I became a crew trainer at the beginning of this year. Being a crew trainer involves completing SOCs, or Station Observation Checklists. Every shift I work, I take an SOC that can be about anything from food safety to French fries, and review it with a co-worker. I truly enjoy working at McDonalds. Even if it is not the most glorious job, I feel great at the end of the night when I know that I helped things run more smoothly.