Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, MA
When starting high school, I didn’t really know how important taking the most difficult classes was going to be for college and scholarship considerations. I took them because I wanted to have the most challenging and engaging academic experience possible. I have taken a full load of honors classes, as well as the most AP classes that the guidance office could fit into my schedule. Even with a plethora of after-school activities and involvements, I have thrived in this challenging class environment, achieving good grades throughout my high school career. I am very proud of how I've done, and my achievement on my AP exams (three scores of five and one score of four). I will be taking more AP exams this spring as well.
Chap darts off if he feels threatened. Shannon is half-bald from mange and bounces on the leash. Billy is nearly blind. These are dogs I have met and become attached to at Greyhound Friends, a rescue organization for racing greyhounds. Most dogs come from the track with one issue or another, from small physical wounds to severe mental insecurities and none have known the soft touch of a human being. I have come to the shelter every week in the summer since I was ten, walking, cleaning and de-ticking dogs. What keeps me coming back is the hope that dogs like Chap, Shannon and Billy will become more adoptable with my care. Although adoptions are infrequent and rarely coincide with my visits, when I see an empty cage where one of my dogs once resided, I like to think I made a difference.
Coming to high school as a freshman from a different middle school, I refused to involve myself in activities out of fear of social embarrassment. So when my friends were talking about their soccer game or concert performance, I was left with nothing to say. I became determined to do something. So I joined stage crew for the school play. One day after a long rehearsal, the director held me after school. In short, he convinced me to try out for the musical. After getting a minor part and attending a few rehearsals, I realized that I was singing and dancing on stage, something I had never imagined myself doing. I thought, if I can do that in front of my entire school body, I could do anything. Now, flush with confidence, I am Vice President of my class and Ultimate Frisbee Team Captain.