FINAL ROUND: Scholarship Voting

Thanks to your ratings, we have narrowed down this year’s “Spirit of Giving” Scholarship  applicants to the top students in each voting pool for a total of 7 final candidates. Please review the application for each student and RANK THEM using the form at the bottom of the page.

NICOLE BENJAMIN – SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR
 
HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR SCHOOL’S BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?
I am enrolled in high school, as well as a CTE school called West-MEC. This school provides opportunities for high school students to get a technical degree by the time they graduate. I am a student in the medical assisting program.Our program is highly involved in an organization called HOSA. In 2016 i was elected by my classmates to be one of the officers of our chapter. As officers, our job is to promote community involvement and outreach from the students in our chapter. The blood drive is just one of these events, which we hold three times a year.  
WHAT ACTIONS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BLOOD DRIVES?
Recruiting donors is vital in ensuring a successful blood drive. In order to maximize our participation in the blood drive we prepare a month ahead. We decorate the campus with flyers and signs advertising the drive, including facts, such as saving three lives. We also make announcements and visit each individual class to explain the process and answer any questions. It is important to reassure donors when they are on edge about donating. Explaining the process leads more people to feel comfortable enough to donate. We continue making rounds and collecting flyers up until the date of the blood drive.
HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL TO ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?
Success of each blood drive is very important to us. As a committee we are always coming up with ways to engage more students. Recently we have done this by offering raffles for those who complete successful blood donations. People are very receptive to winning prizes so we cater to that. Throughout my experience running blood drives I have noticed most people refusing donating out of fear. So I personally make sure donor has a comfortable donation. I provide reassurance during the process and continue to check up on them. Offering them food and beverages also helps keeping them occupied.   
PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON LEARNED FROM BEING A PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE. 
Being apart of the blood drive has reinforced the importance of perseverance. Things do not always come easy or go according to plan and I have learned to become more adaptive. It can be frustrating when people are not willing to donate but it is so important to preserve to reach your goal. Blood drives never go exactly according to plan. It causes you to think on your toes and improvise. When people are unable to donate for whatever reason it leaves empty slots in our schedule so we have to find ways to fill it. Adaptation is vital so despite the circumstances success is always attainable.  
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?
Being apart of the blood drive has reinforced the importance of perseverance. It can be difficult when people are not willing to donate due to misconceptions but it is so important to preserve to reach the goal. It can take numerous attempts to get people to sign up. Blood drives never go exactly according to plan, resulting in having to adapt and improvise. When people are unable to donate for whatever reason it leaves empty slots in our schedule so we have to find ways to fill it. Adaptation is vital, so despite the circumstances, success is always attainable.  
DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.
 In May of 2018, I will graduate with my high school diploma as well as a medical assisting and phlebotomy certification. With these certifications I plan to work in a doctor’s office while attending The University of Arizona and majoring in biology. I also plan on studying abroad and doing medical research in countries like Australia and Spain during my college career. After completing my undergraduate degree I will apply to medical schools in order to finish graduate school and obtain my M.D. to achieve my goal of becoming a pediatric trauma physician.  
LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT, AND VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY SERVICE (INCLUDE YEARS OF INVOLVEMENT)
Since I was young I’ve been involved in community service. I have done a variety of community such as volunteering at the library, providing free sports physicals, health screenings,food banks,and of course blood drives. I started volunteering at the hospital in 2015 and currently have 250 hours. Academically I have always challenged myself with AP and honor courses. In school I have also been involved extracirruclar activities that are centered around outreach. I was involved in freshman mentors and society of female scholars from 2016-2017. In 2016 I became a HOSA member which have shaped me immensely. 
TESSA CHAVEZ – HOLBROOK HIGH SCHOOL
 
HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR SCHOOL’S BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?
Upon entering my first year of student council, my freshman year, was when the blood drive became one of my passions. I was in awe when Carina Fors entered the classroom and told everyone the impending need of blood donations and hosting blood drives in our community. Being in the blood drive committee really hit home when my older sister was in the hospital needing a donation. Thus this is my fourth consecutive year stepping in and giving back.
WHAT ACTIONS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BLOOD DRIVES?
As a leader on the blood drive committee I have contacted our local radio station, Marquee, called past donors, and was continually posting on social media about the upcoming drives. To ensure the success of each drive, I would go around town giving out flyers and informing new donors the beauty in giving donations. Being student body president in my last year of high school helps as well, I take the lead requiring all student government leaders to acquire the minimum of 5 donations each drive and have them walk around campus passing them out and or giving information on the drive.  
HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL TO ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?
I would take blood drives to the next level at Holbrook High School is being at every district activity from academics to our athletics. I would ask for our Superintendent to send out a school wide email to staff to give information to those interest in the drive. I would also get our high school principal to make announcements of incoming drives.  
PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON LEARNED FROM BEING A PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE. 
A noteworthy lesson I learned from being  a part of the blood drive community is that making a difference doesn’t have to be gigantic. It starts with something small. It made me realize that making a difference starts by one life. United Blood Services makes that difference daily by saving lives in need of a donation. Its not a niche community, it affects everyone sometime in their life, no matter if its someone themselves, friend, foe, or family member.  The Blood Drive community is something I hope to be apart of for the my whole life. It gives an extra helping hand in making a difference in my life and those who matter. 
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?
I plan to continue my life serving in community service. Its in my blood, its a way to keep my feet on the ground with my arms open wide. I may not know when a new service project is coming but I will always make room for them. 
DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.
My long-term education goal is to obtain my doctorates degree. I plan on attending Arizona State University in the fall of 2018. The major i am accepted into is Forensic Psychology.  I have always had a fascination of psychology since a young age, my mother, was a clinical counselor in my hometown and installed the idea of helping those in need. An idea i hope to pursue not only in my career but in my daily life. Forensics became an idea after watching one episode of Bones with the forensic psychologist, Lance Sweets. I became curious of the opportunities available to adding two of my interest into one whole. 
LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT, AND VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY SERVICE (INCLUDE YEARS OF INVOLVEMENT)
I grew up my whole life in community service. It started when my mom worked at Bread of Life Mission; a homeless shelter. She would take me over and have me serve those in the shelter, teaching me to give back and to help those in need. Along the way she acquired, The Salvation Army; A Unit that helps provide service to families in need. She would have me helped roll and count the coins collected during bell ringing season and have me and my siblings ring the bell. My community service involvement continued and grew when I entered high school. I have been involved with student government since my freshmen year and now to my senior year. I have served as Secretary, Treasurer, Representative, and finally as Student Body President with having the opportunity for three years to attend the Arizona Association of Student Council state conventions. Learning to improve my daily life as a leader. I was inducted in National Honor Society and voted as vice president. I also was selected as one student out of four, In the state Arizona, to be a Leadership representative in San Francisco at the end of my junior year. I was employed at a local gas station and worked as shift lead for a year and a half. 
SYDNEY CLARKE – WINSLOW HIGH SCHOOL
 
HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR SCHOOL’S BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?
I first became involved with my school’s blood drives as a freshman in Student Council.  Student Council is the organization that hosts the blood drives in my school.  Instead of having a blood drive committee, our whole council worked together to get as many donors as possible.  Throughout my freshman year I learned more about blood drives and observed how to organize and lead them.  I was able to therefore apply my knowledge to help.  This is how my journey with blood drives began and continued for the next four years. 
WHAT ACTIONS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BLOOD DRIVES?
As Captain for the 2017-2018 school year at WHS, I have led my council to promote blood drives throughout my school and community.  We hang posters, advertise on social media, and organize committees.  My committees go to each class to provide information and encourage students to participate in our blood drives.  To ensure minor donor permits get turned in, I started the “Permit for Pizza” program, an incentive that offers free pizza to those who turned in their permit.  During Pep Assemblies held at our school this year, I spoke about the importance of donating. 
HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL TO ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?
My time in high school is almost over and what is important to me as a senior is teaching the rest of my Student Council to ensure success in the blood drives after I leave.  I want future blood drives to be even better than before and I feel that it is my duty as a student leader to pass on my knowledge.  To achieve a greater success in blood drives, I need to teach good strategies, past mistakes, and everything I have learned.  This year, I have been a mentor to the underclassmen that will be taking over next year.
PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON LEARNED FROM BEING A PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE. 
The lesson I have learned is that donating blood is a small act, yet also a huge one. Just one person donating saves lives, but when many come together and donate the reward is even greater. Blood drives opened my eyes and showed me how service works. One person alone volunteering or donating does not only make a difference on their own, but is leading and setting an example, which inspires others to follow. No matter how small an action may be, it has potential to be helpful and powerful.
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?
I have developed a love for service and the feeling that comes along with helping others. I plan to continue my volunteer work and community involvement after high school, and into my post-secondary education.  After exploring options at NAU, I have set a goal to stay involved in my student government and continue to find new ways to serve.  Many of the Greek Organizations at Northern Arizona University focus on service.  I can see myself being very involved in these organizations. I will always be interested in my community wherever I go or live.
DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.
Next fall I will be attending Northern Arizona University. My goals for college are to enjoy the experience and grow from it. I am going to do my best in college and give my classes my greatest effort in order to achieve the best education and grades possible. I have always given my all when it comes to school, and I expect nothing less of myself while attending NAU. I am going to major in accounting and my goal after graduating is to become a Certified Personal Accountant. After this I hope to work with my uncle in his practice.
LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT, AND VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY SERVICE (INCLUDE YEARS OF INVOLVEMENT)
Extracurricular:
4 years in Student Council- current Student Body Treasurer
4 years in the Spirit line- 2 year captain
2 years in Honor Society
2 years in Sports Medicine Club
2 years AP Club
1 year in Math club
2016 HOBY Ambassador

Awards:
4 year Honor Roll
4 year Academic Letter
4 year Athletic Letter
2016 Outstanding Spirit Line member
2017 Outstanding Chemistry Student
2017 Spirit Line Leader Award
2017 Elks Award
2017 Pom Divison III State Champions
2018 Pom Divison II State Runner Ups

Projects/ Community Service:
Project Linus
Operation Gratitude
Yuda Bands Project
Jared Box Project
Elks Food Drives

Volunteer:
High school/ Junior High Track Meets
Wrestling Tournaments
Elementary field days
Junior High Tutor
Pre School science day
Cheer Clinic Instructor
WHS HOBY Clew

Employment:
May 2016- Current
City of Winslow Certified Lifeguard
CPR/AED Certified

PAIGE KMETZ – WILLIAMS HIGH SCHOOL
 
HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR SCHOOL’S BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?
When I was a Sophomore, I was voted into our Student Council as class secretary. My first blood drive was a bit stressful, but I quickly learned the ropes and became familiar with how to recruit, the benefits of donating, and the impact that one blood donation can make. I have been a part of Student Council for three years and have participated in over six blood drives. I have worked very hard in every drive to see success in our community involvement and to educate my peers about the importance of donating blood; to save a life.
WHAT ACTIONS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BLOOD DRIVES?
I have seen improvement in every blood drive I have been involved in. Personally, I’ve been involved greatly by giving speeches to the student body, making and hanging posters, and reminding donors of appointments. I have made countless phone calls to past and possible donors, promoted the event in as many businesses that I could- inside and outside our community-, and have been at the scene of the drive helping for the last 3 blood drives. Reaching out to our small community has always been important to me and I have worked hard to involve as many people as possible.
HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL TO ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?
The next blood drive scheduled at our school is in May. I believe a healthy competition throughout our school would help promote our upcoming drive. I hope to hold a competition between teachers and our student council members to see who can make the most appointments. Teachers can get very competitive and don’t need any other motive than “bragging rights”. Along with having a competition, bringing back our old tradition of “Donuts for Donors” can expose how big of a deal these drives mean to our school. With interactive activities like these I hope to see our best drive yet!
PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON LEARNED FROM BEING A PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE. 
Not all our high school blood drives have been extremely successful, but I have learned from them what could be done better, and what to change to improve the outcome for next time. I learned that not everything is going to go well, or as planned. I have always been one to challenge myself and others, so when something goes wrong I found to not let it brake me, but to use it as a tool to push myself to do better next time. This lesson I will carry on outside of organizing drives, and into life.
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?
My high school career is almost over, but I plan to continue helping my community as much as possible. I have recently applied to be a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff. On top of spending time with children I plan on volunteering throughout the summer at The Peaks Senior Living Community. Also, I have applied to be a Junior Councilor for the American Legion Auxiliary Arizona Girls State at the University of Arizona. I do plan to keep myself involved as much as possible; whether I’m donating blood or donating my time.
DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.
I plan on attending Norther Arizona University this upcoming fall to study Education and explore the field of Social Work. I have always loved being around people of all ages, and I would love to make a difference in someone’s life. I found that my influences came from my teachers and my parents. My parents are therapeutic Foster Care Parents who take care of children who are deprived of a stable home life, and often suffer from mental illnesses and abandonment issues. I would love to be even half as selfless as them. To help people and make them happy.
LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT, AND VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY SERVICE (INCLUDE YEARS OF INVOLVEMENT)
Arizona Girls State Delegate (2017)
Honor Role (4 yrs)
Little Italy Restaurant (2017)
National Honor Society (2 yrs)
Peaks Senior Living Community (19 Hrs)
Sole Hope Project (8 hrs)
Trio Upward Bound (2 yrs)
WEMS Kindergarten Assistant (2 hrs)
WEMS Volleyball (8 hrs)
WHS Algebra 1 Tutor (1 yr)
WHS Basketball (4 yrs)
WHS Concert band (4 yrs)
WHS Marching band (4 yrs)
WHS Student Council- Class Secretary, Student Body Secretary, Student Body Treasurer (3 yrs)
WHS Student of the Month (March 2017)
WHS Volleyball (4 yrs)
Williams Food Bank (8 hrs)
2017 City of Williams Holiday Parade (2 hrs)
SAMANTHA SABBARA – POSTON BUTTE HIGH SCHOOL
 
HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR SCHOOL’S BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?
My school’s blood drive committee is a portion of our National Honors Society (NHS). By becoming a member of NHS in April of my sophomore year I was given the opportunity to join Poston Butte’s Blood Drive Committee. Through a interview process that determined whether or not I had enough time to truly dedicate myself to the cause or had a personal connection I was finally able to be considered a member of our highly selective blood drive committee.
WHAT ACTIONS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BLOOD DRIVES?
Our most recent blood drive was December fourth. When it came to preparation meetings and set up I was the only committee member – including our co chairs –  who was present at every meeting. I am personally in charge of making posters to spread the word with the day of the drive and provide our donors with information on what to eat to increase their iron levels. On the day of the drive, as part of the Theme Subcommittee, I create decorations and hang them all throughout the gym to create a comforting and entertaining environment for our donors.
HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL TO ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?
I would like to create a joint blood drive with a nearby school where we could alternate the location of the drive having 2 drives at my school and 2 drives at theirs per year. By doing so we create a greater donor turn out and reach a larger audience therefore increasing awareness and gaining support from more local companies and organizations. This relationship between two schools could also be beneficial for the school as a whole and help our Blood Drive Committee receive more respect from our administrators and school community.
PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON LEARNED FROM BEING A PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE. 
Working for others is something blood drive has taught me to do efficiently. I’ve also learned how to work with all types of people by being part of this committee. There are some days when others do not want to put in the effort and I’ve learned that this is going to happen in every aspect of life. It’s a situation I will simply have to be the bigger person in and overcome. Hard work pays off and there is no better example of this than working on blood drive day and seeing our donors come in and save lives.
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?
I volunteer as a sacristan twice a month at my church by setting up and cleaning the altar. This is volunteer work I have done for the past 4 years and plan on continuing for as long as possible. Another project I have worked on through my church is a necessities drive for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Every November I personally run a drive for patients at PCH’s Mercy Gilbert location by asking those who attend my church for donations. The donations collected over a 6 week period last well over a year and to date have helped approximately 700 families.
DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.
I want to receive my bachelor’s degree in Biology at a four year university in California or Arizona. Afterwards, I wish to continue my education with a master’s degree in Genetics to later work as a genetic counselor helping others understand their genetic history and risks at developing genetic disease. Helping others is what fuels everything I do, I am ambitious in my goals because I want to make a positive effect on this world. That is the ultimate goal.
LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT, AND VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY SERVICE (INCLUDE YEARS OF INVOLVEMENT)
Activities:
Marching Band : June 2014 – December 2015
Concert Band: December 2014 – December 2016
STEM Club:  July 2014 – Present
Class Representative (July 2016 – Present)
Link Crew: May 2016 – Present
AP Club: July 2016- May 2017 Vice President
Biotechnology Club: January 2017 – Present
Human Rights Club: January 2017- December 2017

Awards:
Elks Student of the Month (January 2017)
Elks Overall District Scholar (April 2017)
NHS Member of Excellence (April 2017)
UBS High School Challenge Division Winner (2016-2017)

Community Service:
Phoenix Children’s Hospital Necessities Drive March 2016 – Present (60 hours):
National Honors Society April 2016- Present (150+ hours)
Sacristan June 2014- Present (150+ hours)

DUNCAN SCHULTZ – ESTRELLA FOOTHILLS HIGH SCHOOL
 
HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR SCHOOL’S BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?
My family has always encouraged me to get involved with blood drives. My mother has hosted blood drives for as long as I can remember, and I knew that when I was old enough, I would help to organize them as well. When I got into high school, I began doing classroom visits to recruit potential donors, and I ran to and from classrooms delivering hall passes to the donors.
WHAT ACTIONS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BLOOD DRIVES?
In the past, I have started a social media page to advertise our blood drives and the activities of our blood drive committee. I have taken an active interest in increasing the leadership and communication skills of everyone on the blood drive committee so that we could reach people more effectively. I have helped build a lasting impression of my school’s blood drive committee on our student body so that new students become aware of it before they turn sixteen.
HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL TO ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?
If I could take my school’s blood drives to the next level, I would try to influence teachers at the high school to offer extra credit and advertise service hours for kids who get people to donate as incentive to get involved with the blood drive and donate more. There is already a huge presence on the school campus, and I would like parents to hear about the positive benefits for their kids and start coming in to support them.
PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON LEARNED FROM BEING A PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE. 
In my time on the blood drive committee, I have learned various teamwork and leadership skills to help in the organization of the team. The most important thing that I’ve picked up in my time on the blood drive committee was definitely strong communication. Whether it was getting my ideas across to the rest of the team, or presenting to a class about the importance of donating blood, I grew into a confident speaker and communicator.
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?
In the future, I plan on staying involved in the United Blood Services and donating blood. Furthermore, I plan on staying active in community service through my church. I volunteer each summer at Chapel Rock Youth Camp to make sure that the kids there get the recharge that I always needed over the summer. During the year, I work with SkillsUSA to help give students technical skills necessary for their career choice.
DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.
In the next four years, I plan on majoring in the field of Mass Communications and Journalism. After I graduate with my degree, I plan to work with SkillsUSA and other Career and Technical Student Organizations to build awareness surrounding their cause of preparing students for the world past high school. I plan on making a difference in children’s lives through the use of social media and communication.
LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT, AND VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY SERVICE (INCLUDE YEARS OF INVOLVEMENT)
Extracurriculars:
Drama Club/International Thespian Society (4), FIRST Robotics (2), Marching Band (1), SkillsUSA (4), FBLA (4), National Honor Society (3), Speech and Debate (1), Student Body (1), EdRising (1), Estrella Foothills Blood Drive Committee (4)

Sports:
EFHS Wrestling (4), EFHS Swim (1)

Outside of School Activities:
St. Peter’s Episcopal Youth Group (7), St. Peter’s Blood Drive Committee (3), Boy Scouts of America (7)

Honors:
Boys State 2017 (Outstanding Attorney Award), FBLA Community Service Award, FBLA Building Better Members Award, SkillsUSA National Statesman Award, SkillsUSA Arizona Statesman, SkillsUSA State Parliamentarian, Precision Manufacturing Student of the Year 2015, 2016, 2017

Employment:
InTouch Imagery (3), Buckeye Union High School District (5)

Volunteer/Community Service Activity
EFHS Blood Drives- 4x per year (18hrs each) (13 drives so far) 234hrs
Planning, Marketing, Scheduling, Day of Drive
Chapel Rock Youth Camp- (12hrs per day) (7 days 2016, 4 days 2017) 132hrs
Manual Labor, Program Assistant
St. Peter’s Blood Drives- 2x per year (15hrs each) (4 drives so far) 60hrs
Planning, Marketing, Scheduling, Day of drive
Boy Scouts of America- 75hrs
My Eagle Scout Blood Drive- 15hrs
Helped with various Eagle Scout Projects- 25hrs
Christmas in the Park, Litchfield Craft Fair- 25hrs
Church of Litchfield Park Vacation Bible School- 10hrs
St. Peter’s Church Activities- 395hrs
Lead Drummer (5hrs per week for 1 year) 240hrs
Eucharist Jobs (2hrs per month for 3 years) 72hrs
Family Promise (2hrs each, 3 times per year for 3 years) 18hrs
VBS Volunteer (15hrs for 1 week every year for three years) 45hrs
EFHS Performing Arts Center- (25hrs per year for 3 years) 75hrs
Volunteer after-hours technical work for non-theatre school functions
Wolf Pack Wrestling Club- (4hrs per week for four months) 64hrs
Teaching local youth basic wrestling skills
1,035hrs from the beginning of Freshman year to February 18, 2018

DYNNIKA TSO – TUBA CITY HIGH SCHOOL
 
HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR SCHOOL’S BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?
The Tuba City High School’s blood drive committee was introduced through the school Student Council. Students, holding an officer position in the Student Council, were placed as a member of the committee. I was part of Student Council for three consecutive years, in which I then became actively involved with the blood drive committee for the equivalent of years. 
WHAT ACTIONS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BLOOD DRIVES?
The committee strives to have successful blood drives. As a leader in the committee, I have taken the actions of recruitment and organizing. In recruiting donors, I have informed community members during public events, and confronted individuals face-to-face to donate blood. In organizing the blood drive event, I helped process appointments and assist donors. The success of the blood drives are important to our committee; we try to ensure our actions will lead to a positive effect. 
HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL TO ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?
The blood drives at the Tuba City High School are well organized, however, the amount of blood donors are below the set goal. Since high school donors were less involved than the community donors from the past blood drive event, attention is needed at the high school. To take the blood drive to a higher level, I will establish a team of selected members to advertise the blood drive at the school. Publicizing will occur during school assemblies, through social media, and on the morning announcements. The blood drives will be able to become a greater success when more involvement occurs. 
PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON LEARNED FROM BEING A PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE. 
From the start of the blood drive event, I read and viewed the blood donating websites and became aware of the information I was giving to my peers. I became more aware of the individuals in my community, who needed blood supplies as they suffered through medical issues. I felt sympathy; I learned that anyone can make a difference in someone’s life. Being a part of the blood drive committee allowed me to understand the issues people face, and I felt content as my peers donated.
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?
Community service is of great value; I plan to continue participating in the services I completed. As a National Honor Society member, I tutored students in grades K-12 within the Tuba City and Cameron community in Arizona. I plan to tutor middle school students and mentor high school students for college preparation, while I attend college. Community service taught me to give back to my foundation, in which I learned to accommodate and acknowledge people’s needs. The value of the service is within my desires of giving back to my foundation. 
DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.
Education is of great importance in my life. My parents never went to college, but they raised their children to pursue higher education. My older siblings embraced this, and in turn, influenced me to attend college. I was raised on the Navajo Nation without electricity or running-water; but despite the challenges I faced, I dreamt of graduating from college. I will be attending The University of Arizona this Spring to study Pre-Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. I will pursue a career in scientific researching and then return to improve my community. 
LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT, AND VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY SERVICE (INCLUDE YEARS OF INVOLVEMENT)
 Honors:
National Honors Society (3 years)

Extracurricular Activities:
(MS)2-Math and Science for Minority Students Summer Program (3 years)
Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes Program (1 year)
Native American Science Engineering Program (1 year)
Upward Bound Math and Science Program (3 years)
School Student Council (4 years)
Marine Corps Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps Program (3 years)
Wrestling Team (3 years)

Volunteer/Community Service:
Blood Drive Committee Volunteer (3 years)
Tutoring (3 years)
Coconino County Traffic Control (4 years)

Please rank the applicants according to who you feel is most deserving of the Scholarship.
1 = Most Deserving
7 = Least Deserving

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