FINAL ROUND: Scholarship Voting

Thanks to your ratings, we have narrowed down this year’s “Spirit of Giving” Scholarship  applicants to the top 4 in each voting pool for a total of 8 final candidates. Please review the application for each student and RANK THEM using the form at the bottom of the page.

Brealyn Lindsey
St. Johns High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

 I became involved in my school’s blood drive committee by first, becoming a member of National Honors Society, and second, volunteering to be the head of the blood drive committee. 

WHAT ACTIONS DID YOU TAKE TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE YOUR BLOOD DRIVE WAS SUCCESSFUL?

 As the leader of the blood drive committee, I personally took several posters and other forms of advertisement around all of the town of St. Johns. During the preparation, I delegated someone to make appointments. Weeks before the blood drive I sent parent permission slips  and Zeka virus packets with all NHS members to make at least five appointments. Before the blood drive date, NHS members were chosen to help bring treats and water for the blood drive participants. NHS members were also picked to aide the blood drive each hour to ensure appointments went in order and timely. Appointment cards were made by me and other NHS members to remind volunteers of their appointments. 

HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL AND ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?

 I personally would love to reach out to other communities to ensure more participants. Many times not everyone is able to donate in their own community, yet those people still wish to donate. Advertising in other communities would help those people have the opportunity to greatly serve those around them in need. Another aspect would be to get the word out on the new requirement on tattoos in Arizona. That wasn’t a well advertised feature and I believe it would’ve brought in many more volunteers if it had been widely known. 

PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON YOU LEARNED AS PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE.

 I learned throughout being in this blood drive committee that delegation is a necessary aspect of leadership, one cannot do it by themselves. Although it is in my nature to be a leader, I sincerely enjoyed working with teachers, students, and community members along the way. it really changed my outlook on leadership.

WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?

 Recently, I have made a promise to my Laurels group that we will complete one service project every single month. These projects have included major exterior clean-up for a family in the community, veterans barbecues, babysitting for single mothers, and clothing donations to local thrift stores, as well as clothing exchanges.  

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

 My long-term educational goals are to attend and graduate from Northern Arizona University with my Masters in Psychology. With my new degree, I intend on counseling and helping couples and families by becoming a marriage and family counselor. 

LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.

 I am currently a senior and am the Secretary of our Student Body here at SJHS. I also am a member of National Honors Society and have been since sophomore year. I have been involved in student government sophomore year and senior year. I have done varsity soccer all four years of high school, and varsity and junior varsity softball freshman, sophomore and senior year. Over the course of all my high school career I have been in a church group which does various service projects and self confidence building. I have been enrolled in honors English for three of my four years. At the local community college, Northland Pioneer College, i have taken night classes junior and senior year. I have taken dual-enrollment classes in College Chemistry and College Algebra.

Cassie Riggs
Mountain Pointe High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

 I became involved in my school’s blood drive committee through being Vice President of Key Club. At my school Key Club runs the blood drive so as an officer I have helped at the blood drive to get people involved and help leading up to the day of. 

WHAT ACTIONS DID YOU TAKE TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE YOUR BLOOD DRIVE WAS SUCCESSFUL?

 As a leader of the blood drive committee I have talked in front of numerous classes, walked around at lunch with a stack of minor donor permits, and updated other Key Club members with important blood drive information at our meetings. From being involved in the blood drive these last two years my school has improved our number of successful blood donation from 85 last year to over 100 at  this years two blood drives. With the help of myself and my amazing club we have progressively grown and I believe that talking to classes, the posters myself and others made, and the announcements have made a huge impact on that. I even stood in front of the whole school at the last assembly and made a blood drive announcement and from my announcement I handed out more than twenty blood drive forms by the end of the assembly. 

HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL AND ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?

 I would like the take the blood drive to the next level at my school by getting more clubs involved and students as well. We always seem to get sign-ups at the last moment, but I would like to give incentives to those students who sign up earlier, for example a preferred appointment time. I also think we need to do more to announce the blood drive, like put up posters earlier and get different groups of students involved in some way. I think if we had a theme for our blood drive it might make it more appealing to students. For example, one of our blood drives is close to Valentine’s Day so if we decorate the gym with hearts and heart shaped candy and give the blood drive a fun tag line we could get more students willing to donate blood.  

PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON YOU LEARNED AS PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE.

 I have learned from being on the blood drive committee the importance of communicating with other committee members and making sure to convey information to everyone involved. I also learned that nothing goes exactly as planned so we have to go with the flow and track students down in order for them to make their appointment time or stay late after school to organize the minor donor permits the day before the drive. Lastly, we always need to order more food than needed. 

WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?

 I complete more than 100 community service hours each year so I plan on continuing volunteering at the library, being a team captain for Relay for Life, and continue doing any service opportunities that come my way including with the United Blood Services. 

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

 I am attending Barrett the Honors College at ASU next fall and plan on majoring in Biomedical Engineering and earning my degree in less than four years because I will be obtaining my AA and AS degree through dual enrollment before I graduate from high school. I then plan to go into a masters program to further my education. I’m not exactly sure what I want to do for my lifelong career, but I know I want to help people in anyway I can. 

LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.

 2013-2017: I plan to letter in community service all four years. This letter recognizes that I have completed more than 100 hours of community service each year. I will be the only senior with 4 letters meaning I have 400 hours of community service.
2013-2017: I plan to letter in academics all four years of high school. To be awarded this letter I have maintained a weighted GPA of over a 4.0. This letter recognizes the hard work I have put in to advanced classes and work getting straight A’.
2016-2017: I am President of the Language Honor Society. To be inducted into the club I completed 4 years of a foreign language. As President I lead the meetings and offer service projects to members. One project is the Be the Match drive in May.
2014-2017: Since my sophomore year I have been a team captain for a team of 10 students. As a team captain I put together fundraisers, attended team captain meetings, and turned in money. Last year we raised $1,000 for the American Cancer Society.
2013-2017: I have been in Key Club all 4 years and have been very involved. With my involvement I have lettered in Key Club two years. To obtain this letter I attended many meetings and service projects. I have been the VP for two years now as well.
2012-2017: I have volunteered at the library for 5 years and serviced 126 hours. I shelve, clean toys, help at events and more. I am also a member of the Library Teen Council where I am the treasurer. We plan and run events for teens at the library.
2015-2017: I have been involved with Student Council for two years. I am Senior Class Treasurer. I put in a lot of effort to plan dances, including prom, run events, and put in countless hours to offer the student body a great high school experience.
2013-2015: I was in choir for two years and I enjoyed it very much. I also lettered in choir meaning I attended discretionary events. I was the Class Council Representative where I went to meetings and told my class what events were coming up soon.
2015-2017: I am Co-President of the Wildlife Club and Mountain Pointe. I help lead meetings as well as in the club we are planning and creating a habitat with native plants to welcome wildlife to the habitat. It is a substantial project at my school.
10. 2014-2017: I volunteer with Packages from Home, an organization that sends packages to the military around the world. I continuously loved to volunteer here and I would sort and package food boxes, as well as hygiene packages for soldiers.
 CLUBS
2013 – 2017 Key Club
2013 – 2015 Choir
2013 – 2015 Best Buddies
2014 – 2017 Mu Alpha Theta
2015 – 2017 National Honors Society
2015 – 2017 National English Honors Society
2015 – 2017 Language Honors Society
2015 – 2017 Student Council
2015 – 2017 Wildlife Club
2016 – 2017 Science National Honors Society
 LEADERSHIP
2013 – 2015 Choir Council Representative
2014 – 2017 Relay for Life Team Captain
2015 – 2017 Key Club Vice President
2015 – 2017 Wildlife Club Vice President
2016 – 2017 Language Honors Society President 
2016 – 2017 Student Council Senior Class Treasurer
2016 – 2017 National Science Honors Society Treasurer
 ACADEMIC AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2013 – 2017 Academic Letter, Lamp of Knowledge, Bar I, Bar II
2013 – 2017 Community Service Letter, 400+ Hours
2014 – 2017 Key Club Letter
2014 – 2015 Choir Letter
2017 Senior Walk

Haylee Farr
Snowflake High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

 I became involved in my school’s blood drive committee because I’m the student body president at my high school. When you run to be a member on the executive student council board at our highschool you know that helping with the blood drives is part of your job. I was excited to be able to participate and help with the blood drive in a different way rather than donating blood. I have health issues that don’t allow me to donate, so me helping running the blood drives feels like I’m helping the people of Arizona receive the gift of life.

WHAT ACTIONS DID YOU TAKE TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE YOUR BLOOD DRIVE WAS SUCCESSFUL?

 As a leader on our blood drive committee, the actions I take to recruit donors has a lot to do with the success of our blood drives. I post about our upcoming blood drives on social media, make sure flyers are distributed at school, and make sure it’s being announced on the daily announcements. I contact our school district secretary to put it on the town’s marquee, and  go to businesses around the community to drop of flyers so that not only our students are aware of the blood drive, but the people of our community are as well. 

HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL AND ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?

 To take my blood drive to the next level at my high school I want to better inform the students about how important donating blood is. Arizona’s blood deficit is at an all time low right now. I feel like if students understood how scary that is for the people in our state, more people would sign up. Most students are donating blood because they want the food, or they want to get out of class. I want kids to sign up because they went to save someone’s life, they want to be a hero.  

PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON YOU LEARNED AS PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE.

 A noteworthy lesson I learned from being a part of the blood drive committee was the impact that blood drives have on people. One of my friends recently attempted suicide and she had to have an emergency blood transfusion. I was visiting with her in the facility where she was recovering, and she mentioned the fact that maybe the blood she received was from one of the blood drives from our high school. Whether or not the blood she received came from our blood drives doesn’t matter, but it opened my mind to how impactful and important donating blood is.

WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?

 Service is a large part of my life, especially towards my community. I currently am in the process of organizing a service project to clean up trash at our local post offices. The people that work at the post office do service towards us every day by handling our mail, so I thought it would be nice to give service back to them and clean up their grounds. I’m apart of a church that does a service project for our community every month and that’s something I always participate in and look forward to.

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

 My long term and professional goals bring me so much joy and excitement. When I graduate this fall I’m moving to Tennessee for the summer and I’m going to be a counselor at a specials needs camp for children. In the fall of 2017 I will start school at Southern Virginia University. At SVU I will start my generals and then eventually graduate with my associates degree. After SVU I will attend Brigham Young University in Idaho and will graduate with my bachelors degree in occupational therapy. I would then love to start my own practice and specialize in children.

LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.

 4-H Club President-2013-2017
Sophomore Class Vice President-2014-2015
Lead role in school musical-2015
Junior Class President-2015-2016
Yearbook Editor-2015-2016
Varsity cheerleader-2016-2017
Top audition Choirs-2014-2017
Student Body President-2016-2017
Lead role in school musical-2017
All American Cheerleader-2016
National Honors Society Member-2016-2017
Top 20% in my graduating class
I’ve been a waitress at a local restaurant since 2014. I help with the upkeep and organization of the restaurant while clearing tables and serving customers with kindness and respect
I was Miss Navajo County’s Outstanding Teen from 2013 to 2014. I volunteered for Navajo county by appearing and offering my service to my community and county. 

Joslyn Jendrey
Millennium High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

 I became involved in my school’s blood drive committee when I joined Key Club my senior year of high school. 

WHAT ACTIONS DID YOU TAKE TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE THAT YOUR BLOOD DRIVE WAS A SUCCESS?

 I have recruited donors by posting on social media, making eye catching posters, talking to people during lunches, going to homerooms to inform people, making announcements, walking in a parade, and telling anyone and everyone I come in contact with about our upcoming blood drives. I ensure the success by reminding students frequently to turn in their minor donor permit forms and answering questions people may have about donating. 

HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL AND ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?

 I would take the blood drive to the next level by offering intriguing incentives that make students interested in donating, such as treats for those who sign up early, raffling off prizes, and a party for the class that has the most donors. These incentives will help draw students attention in and make them more inclined to donate. I would also develop an easier way of accessing forms/information for students and staff who are interested in donating to make the process run smoother. 

PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON YOU LEARNED AS PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

 The most noteworthy lesson I have learned is that blood drives are extremely important to ensure that local hospitals have enough blood supply for people in tragic car accidents and for patients with medical illnesses that  need blood donations to live. I have been able to expand not only my knowledge of the need for blood donors, but also other students who may have had little knowledge of the importance of blood donors. Every blood drive contributes to saving peoples lives and it is an honor to be able to help put together these life saving drives. 

WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE?

 I plan to continue serving my community through my  church, helping at hospitals, visiting people with a therapy dog, training service dogs and volunteering at local events. I will also be going on a mission trip over the summer to speak to children and the homeless population. 

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

 I plan to attend Northern Arizona University or University of Arizona after high school for my bachelors degree and will then apply to medical school. My professional goal is to be a Pediatric Oncologist to help children fighting cancer. 

LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.

 Service Dog Handler(3 years)
Key Club(1 year)
National Honor Society(1 year)
Banner Hospital Volunteer(2 years)
Tropical Smoothie Cafe Shift Leader(1 year)
Respite Care Provider(3 years)
Youth group(2 years)

Julianna Updike
Blue Ridge High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

 The National Honors Society was something I wanted to be a part of since junior high. I saw how they were a positive force in my community through many things and especially blood drives. I knew the best way to be involved in the blood drive would be to join National Honors Society. Every semester the club hosts a blood drive and I made sure to be a part of it by being one of the first volunteers to help the technicians and donors.

WHAT ACTIONS DID YOU TAKE TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE YOUR BLOOD DRIVE WAS SUCCESSFUL?

 I have taken lead on advertising and recruitment for my school’s blood drive. Each semester I employ different ways to recruit donors. I became involved when I was 14 so I have had three years to improve and build our blood drives. For recruitment, I go to different classes and raise awareness on giving blood. For advertising, the students and I strategically place our “goal” poster in the area with the most foot traffic on campus. I also hand out permission slips, answer questions the potential donors may have, and post “pledge papers” that have a positive peer pressure effect.

HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL AND ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?

 Our blood drive committee sets goals for each blood drive and we have reached and surpassed those goals frequently. There is never a slow moment and donor seats are almost always full. The next step is to make our blood drive longer. Lengthening hours could enable us to accommodate more donors. I would also like to have an assembly at our school that focuses on the importance of blood donors. I would arrange for testimonials of people who have received blood and from past donors. This could increase the excitement and motivate more students to donate.

PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON YOU LEARNED AS PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE.

 I have learned about persistence through this committee. Sometimes it seems like there will be no donors and it’ easy to get discouraged. However, as we continue to work hard we will see positive results. It can be hard to recruit when it seems like no one is interested, but I have learned that people are interested and nothing will happen if I don’t try. Continuous effort will lead to something. This is a lesson I am grateful for because it is applicable in most circumstances and I am more equipped for college because of the persistence I gained here.

WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?

 Community service is near and dear to my heart. I do everything I can to give back to my community. Last year I started a greenhouse that is used to grow food for the local love kitchen. I plan to be a part of humanitarian groups in college. I also plan to make and provide blankets for homeless shelters and refugees. I will continue to give blood whenever I can. I go to websites like DoSomething.org and justserve.org that list ways I can help people near or far. I love to serve and my plans continue to be service oriented.

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

 I plan to go to college and get my masters in agricultural engineering. I want to design tools that will make life easier for people who have limited access to basic necessities like food, water, and warmth. I plan to visit areas that are in need of these basic things so my work can be properly tailored to their circumstances. I’d like to focus my efforts on solar heating units and water retention which affects many rural areas in third world countries. 

LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.

 Young Women’s Council (5 years)Odyssey of the Mind 14th place in the world (1 year)Graphics club (3 years) Cross Country (4 years)Shane C. Morris Most Inspirational AwardTrack (3 years)Competitive Choir (3 years)Theater (3 years) National Honor Society – treasurer for a year (3 years)Social Studies club – president for a year (2 years)Youth Camp Director (1 year)Special Olympics secretary to coordinator (1 year)

Omar Valverde-Jaquez
Holbrook High School
 
HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?
 I became involved in my school’ blood drive committee by joining Student Council my freshman year. I hadn’t ever been to a blood drive and wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. I helped recruit donors and helped a couple hours during the blood drive and instantly loved it. I have been a part of my school’ blood drive committee ever since, and have never regretted my decision. Being on the blood drive committee has taught me valuable life lessons that I will be able to use for the rest of my life. 

WHAT ACTIONS DID YOU TAKE TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE YOUR BLOOD DRIVE WAS SUCCESSFUL?

 As a leader on the blood drive committee, I have used a variety of ways to recruit donors and ensure the success of my blood drive. One way we have recruited donors is by partnering with our local radio station and advertising our blood on the radio. In order to recruit our high school donors, we give a donut to each person who signs up to donate when they sign up. We also put up flyers all around our community, post our e-flyers on social media, and use table tents at our local restaurants to advertise our drive.

HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL AND ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?

 The best way that I could take the blood drive to the next level at my school would be to have an all-day blood drive. I come from a small community which makes filling the donation times can sometimes be difficult. Although my community does their best to support us and donate, it can sometimes be a struggle to get all of our slots filled. An all-day drive would accumulate enough blood to save a greater amount of people’ lives, which is super beneficial especially now with the low blood supply.

PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON YOU LEARNED AS PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE.

 I have learned while being a part of the blood drive committee is that “Teamwork makes the dream work.” The first blood drive that I took the lead on, I thought I could do it all, and while I did an alright job; I didn’t do the best. The second blood drive I was in charge of, I relied more on others as well as myself and the drive went amazing with phenomenal success. I learned that I won’t be able to do everything on my own and that it’ alright to ask others for help when it’ needed. 

WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?

 After graduation, I definitely plan to continue participating in community service projects. Being in Student Council and National Honors Society has taught me that community service is one of the most important things we can do. I plan to continue participating in community service projects by getting involved in student government in college and volunteering at a local food kitchen. Community service is a beautiful thing and I know I will always set aside time for it, thanks to the teachings of my high school years and the years I have been a part of the blood drive committee.

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

 After graduation, I plan on getting my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene with a minor in business. After I have my bachelors I plan on attending a dental program to get my dental degree. After dental school, I will take two more years to specialize in pediatric dentistry. My minor in business will give me the background and knowledge I need to open up my own dental practice. In the future, I also plan on going to third world countries and doing dental work on children who are unable to get the dental care they need in their country. 

LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.

 In addition to my involvement with the blood drive committee, I have a plethora of extracurricular activities, honors, community service, and employment. I am Student Body President, a member of National Honors Society, a three-year varsity Spiritline member, a Key Club member, along with several other clubs. I have a part time job working at my school’s district office as a receptionist. During my high school years, I have accumulated over 300 hours of community service.  This includes but is not limited to: United Blood Services, the Ronald McDonald House, annual community cleanup, and the annual Kiwanis Quiz Night.  

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