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. 

Cypress Thomas
Prescott High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

When I got accepted into the National Honor Society my junior year, I joined the blood committee mostly to get some service hours, but I ended up really enjoying the process and then it wasn’t about the service hours at all. Because I showed such in an interest in the blood drive, put in a ton of hours for the fall drive, and had leadership qualities, I was asked by the NHS supervisor and the other blood drive leaders if I wanted to be a leader for next year.

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

In order to recruit donors and ensure the success of the blood drives, the committee and I put up posters around the school, sent out emails to parents, made various school announcements, and we even advertised the blood drive on a local radio station. By just doing these simple actions, we were able to make the drive more known, recruit more donors, and this increased the number of walk-in appointments we had. Doing these things is just one of the reasons why we were able to accomplish and overachieve our goal of 79 successful donations.

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

For last year’s spring blood drive we overachieved our goal by 18 donations, however, to achieve greater success, we could have the blood drive date and the permission slips posted on the school’s website. This would most likely increase the amount of donors we get, because parents will see it and if a student loses his or her permission slip, it would conveniently be ready to reprint on the website. To achieve greater success, we could also utilize the blood drop costume when we go into English classes for recruitment. This would make the students more excited to donate blood. 

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

A lesson I have learned from being part of the blood drive committee is that communication is very important when running and planning the blood drive. I learned that this is not just true for the committee itself, but communication is also important between the committee and the actual workers who take the blood. Without communication, the whole process leading up to the blood drive and the actual drive would be chaotic and the level of productivity would be suboptimal. One time, the committee didn’t communicate very effectively, and some appointments got entered twice in the computer.

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

From being one of the leaders of the blood drive committee, I have realized that community service projects and giving back to the community is very important. Right now, I currently volunteer as a tax preparer every Saturday and it puts a smile on my face because I get to prepare people’s taxes for no price at all. I also do little service projects, however, in the future, I hope to continue to give back to the community and to help people in need. I strive to use my strengths to make society a better place. 

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

My long term educational goals are to major in accounting and to eventually get my masters. After this, I want to become a corporate accountant and eventually I want to be a financial manager of a business or company. I love to help people, and this would be a perfect opportunity to help businesses with their financial needs or issues. By being a financial manager, I will be able to apply the leadership skills I have acquired from leading the blood drive committee and help lead a company to success.

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

I used to be a member of Key Club and Future Business Leaders of America for two years. Right now, I am currently a member of the National Honor Society and I am treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta. I played badminton for two years and played tennis for three. I have had perfect attendance for three and a half years and have received many academic awards. I used to volunteer on a regular basis at Las Fuentes Nursing Home and Miller Valley Elementary school for one year each. I also currently volunteer to prepare taxes, which started earlier this month.

Donna Morrison
Round Valley High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

During my first year of student council, our local United Blood Services representative presented information about our upcoming blood drive. She left us with posters for our school, and papers for kids to put their name on once they volunteered to give blood.  Her message gave me a strong determination to get volunteers for our blood drive. Two years in Student government has exposed me to the inner workings and brought me into the fold of the blood drive community.

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

To promote our blood drives and ensure success, we vigorously advertise to our school and community. At school, there are reminders everyday in the morning announcements to sign up for donating blood. We also hang the donations thermometer chart in our main entrance so everyone in school can see how many people have volunteered. Then, the names of all the volunteers are hung next to the thermometer. To advertise to the community, signs are posted in all the prominent businesses and office buildings on the day of the drive.

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

To take our school blood drive to the next level, I would increase networking with local businesses and federal government offices of the city and county. Besides posting posters, I would talk to the supervisors or managers of establishments and ask them to challenge their employees to give blood. Then, if a business has over 10 people participate in the drive, they can be recognized in a newspaper article reporting on the success of the drive and the outstanding contribution of the business. Schools could also be recognized in this way after reaching a goal number in volunteers.\n

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

The most noteworthy lesson I have received from being on my school’s blood drive committee is how doing something fairly simple can drastically help someone else. It is amazing that everyone is saving lives in the very gym we hold our blood drives. Our drives could save all the people in a huge car pileup who have lost huge amounts of blood, or could save a child with cancer at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Through service such as volunteering and donating at blood drives, we can save lives and make a difference.

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

To continue service for my community, I plan to stay involved with projects through my church and my university. I will continue volunteer work in canned food and clothes drives. I would like to volunteer at a soup kitchen and a health care center for the homeless. This upcoming summer of 2016, I will be attending a two week service project that is a global health initiative to the Dominican Republic where I will be working at local health clinics.

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

After graduating from high school, I will be attending Arizona State University to study Nursing. I would like to specialize as an operating room nurse. My future place of work, the operation room, is one of the top playing fields for blood transfusions of blood provided by blood drives. My long term education and career goal is to achieve a master’s degree in nursing and become a nurse practitioner.

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

My extracurricular activities include:
National Honors Society (3 years)
Pom Squad (4 years)
track (4 years)
student government (2 years)
my church’s youth group (5 years)
I am the senior class president, in honors chemistry, biology, trigonometry, and have a 4.0 GPA. I’m in the top percentile of my class and a Valedictorian Candidate. Since August, I’ve been employed at a local restaurant as a hostess and busser where I work 24 hours a week on average. I volunteer as a mentor at our middle school, participate in food drives, and have volunteered to judge a science fair.

Emily Normand
Saint Mary’s Catholic High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

Upon my induction in the National Honors society at my school, I determined that it was my duty and wish to take up a leadership position that had the weight and power to change lives.  I had seen family members who had been saved by the blood donations of generous people, and I longed to continue to take part in making this mission to save lives a reality.  Each year, my NHS chapter elects two new members to the blood drive committee, and I am so grateful to have served on the committee for the past two years. 

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

In order to ensure a high amount of donors, I set up booths at report card night where my fellow NHS members and I got a large amount of family and friend donors to sign up.  We also sent NHS students to give short speeches on blood donation and pass out minor/donor permits and a sign-up sheet in every English class. This ensured that each and every eligible student was made aware of the blood drive and had a minor/donor permit right then.  I hung posters around campus and made announcements every morning leading up to the Blood Drive.  

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

As of now, our student body has a relatively high participation rate, but in order to achieve greater success, I think it would benefit us to reach our community outside of parents and family-friends.  In order to increase our number of donors, we should print something in the local newspaper, hang fliers, or advertise at local businesses in order to make our community aware of our blood drive.  I think this would better serve those in need of blood and also aid in an effort to unite our community. 

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

As a part of the blood drive, I have really grown to learn to accept and embrace suffering and sacrifice for the good of another.  By this, I mean, prior to running for the blood drive committee, I had never had blood drawn nor had an IV, and I was scared half-way to death of needles.  Through this journey, I have been able to really embrace this small suffering in order to relieve the great suffering of another.  The blood drive has really made this principle come to fruition and serve as a concrete reality in my life.

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

In the future, I plan to continue to volunteer with the United Blood Services while in college.  The United Blood Services has become an organization that is very close to my heart, and I can see the direct good that comes as an effect of all the work that the United Blood Services does.  This organization has at the very core of it’s a mission a desire to save lives, and I believe there is no greater good than the preservation and protection of life.  I also plan on joining other volunteer efforts on my college campus.

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

I plan to attend a four-year university and major in history.  At this point in time, I have been accepted to a number of universities, and I eagerly await a few more college letters!  I am not exactly sure what career path I will follow, but I know that whatever I do, whether it be pursuing doctoral studies in graduate school or continuing onto law school, I desire to end up in a career geared towards the service of others.  The future excites me, and I cannot wait to see all that it holds!

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

-Varsity Swim Team (Co-Captain) (2012-present)
-Student Council (Student Body Vice President) (2012-present)
-National Honors Society (President) (2014-present)
-Varsity/JV Cheer (2013-present)
-National Hispanic Youth Award Recipient (2015-2016)

Hannah Behrens
Moon Valley High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

I became involved in my school’s blood drive committee by being a member of MVHS Student Council. I was appointed by my sponsor to be in that committee. I was very involved with helping to get more donors to sign up, and keeping the whole event well organized.

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

As a leader on the blood drive committee, the actions I took to recruit donors and to ensure success of our blood drives were beneficial. Both blood drives that we hosted this year were very successful, we met our goal and exceeded our number of donors for both drives. I personally succeeded my own goal of getting people to sign up as well. A few other actions I took were to make sure that the number of sign ups matched up to the number of donors we were expecting. Also I kept all of our donors paperwork organized in a chronological order.

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 at my school to achieve even more success by doing a myriad of things. One idea I have would be too petition a few local restaurants for a free meal for any donor. Another would be to promote our blood drive by putting it on social media websites like, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. To add to that I would create a raffle for those who donate. And finally, I would host an informational meeting on how important it is to donate blood to those who are in desperate need of it.

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 how to put on an event. It taught me good organizational skills, and better people skills. It made me come up with an efficient way to keep all of the donor’s paperwork in order. It got me out of my own bubble, it made me go talk to other students at my school who would possibly be willing to donate. It also taught me about the real world. For example, speaking professionally with the heads of the Blood Drive Foundation and the phlebotomists at the drive itself.

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

The plans I have to continue to participate in community service projects are abundant. I volunteer every Sunday at my church by helping in the nursery and with the 2-3 year olds. Our student council has an event we host every year called Rockets for the Community. We bring in local kids from K-8th grade to participate in anything ranging from Theatre to Football. It’s one of our ways to give back to our community. Another thing I will participate in is something called Cactus Clean Up. We go around the local neighborhoods by our school and clean up the areas to make them look nice.

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

My long-term educational and professional goals are to attend GCU next fall and complete my 4 years in physical therapy. Then I will go another 2 years to earn my masters degree so I can be a physical therapist for injured athletes. I would like to pursue a career in physical therapy, because the human body really interests me, the way all the different muscles and bones work fascinates me. I also would find it very beneficial to help rehab injured athletes back to their tip top shape so they can get back to doing what they love.

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

The extracurricular activities I am involved in are I was on my high school volleyball team my freshman to junior year. I have also been a member of Student Council my whole senior year. I am currently enrolled in AP Literature, and have been taking honors and AP courses since my freshman year. I work in the children’s ministry every Sunday at my local church, I have been doing this for about 2 years now. I have volunteered at homeless shelters and soup kitchens with my church. When I was in the 6th grade my church and I packed and sent meals to poverty stricken countries.

Lauren Wilson
Mountain Pointe High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

I became involved in my school’s blood drive committee during my junior year of high school. As president of Key Club at my school I wanted to host a successful blood drive. That year I oversaw the committees and served on the planning, day of, and on campus committee at my school.The first blood drive I helped organize was such a success that I encouraged my school to do two blood drives the subsequent year. I am so grateful to have experienced organizing and being a part of life changing and saving blood drives. 

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

As a leader of the blood drive it is my goal to host a successful blood drive. At my school we have four committees, planning, day of, on campus, and food. The planning committee inputs all of the donors into the network and schedules their appointments. On campus committee advertises around the school by making and hanging posters, talking to senior english classes, making announcements, and tabling at lunches. Day of committee helps with setting up, checking in, and tearing down. Lastly, the food committee goes to local businesses to ask for food donations for the blood drive.

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

The biggest challenge with blood drives at my school is getting people to donate. Many people are afraid to donate. In order to encourage people to overcome their fears about donating I think we could show a video depicting how easy/painless the donation process is. Additionally, there is a teacher at my school whose sister in law was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer and had to undergo numerous transfusions every few months to keep her alive. Having her speak about how blood donations helped save her family member’s life would motivate people to overcome their fears and donate.

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

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is how everyone has the ability to change and save lives through  blood drive donations. Being exposed to this lesson as a high school student is extremely beneficial as I will now be a lifelong donor. Another lesson I have learned is that I cannot do everything. As a blood drive leader I need to delegate more to my other officers and club members. I have learned that I can do a lot, but I cannot do it all. 

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

Being involved in Key Club throughout high school has allowed me to experience how community service can impact people at a local and national level. In college I plan to volunteer in hospitals and free medical clinics, and I hope to be involved in blood drives during my time as an undergraduate. Furthermore, I hope to be apart of a variety of community service oriented clubs and service projects throughout college. 

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

I hope to graduate from college and graduate school with distinction.I believe I want to pursue a career in medicine. Throughout undergraduate school I hope to be able to volunteer in a medical setting, and help with research at my university. After that I hope to be accepted into medical school. I want to be a physician so I can use my knowledge to help other people. My younger sister has Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia and has had brain surgery and other procedures to minimize pain. It is my goal to help people like my sister.\n

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

Key Club President- Junior/Senior
AP Scholar-Junior/Senior
National Honor Society- Junior/ Senior
Dance Company/ Freshman/Sophomore/Junior
JV Volleyball- Freshman/ Sophomore(Captain)
Sunday School Teacher- Freshman/Sophomore
Community Service Letter- Junior/Senior
Language Honor Society- Senior
Academic Letter- all four years
Blood Drives- Junior/Senior
Show You Care- Sophomore/Junior/Senior

Morgan  Dinkoski
Kofa High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

Being apart of SkillsUSA at Kofa High School, community involvement is a big part of our group. Each school year, we hold three blood drives at our high school to donate blood to thet hospitals in our community. 

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

To get people to donate, I explain to people the good they will do by donating blood, and the major impact is has on peoples lives, and possiby theirs in the future. Explaiing this really connects people on a personal level to donate and go through with the process, as some people tend to not want to the day of. 

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

One thing that would take the blood drive to the next level would be to really spread the word around campus to raise awarness that there is a blood drive. Alot of people didnt seem to know there was a blood drive, and social networking would be key for the next one, because we need people for a successful blood drive. 

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

Hearing the coordinator for our schools experience in needing blood and others in my classes stories really opened my eyes to how much of an impact this whole process has. This helped me overcome my fear of giving blood, as I can withstand a few minutes of something I don’t like to potentially save someone elses. 

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

I plan on continuing giving blood at community blood drives and encouraging other people to donate. You need people to donate to have a good blood drive, and donating and getting others to is a great thing for any drive to be successful. 

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

In the future, I will graduate from college and pursue a carrer in nursing. I plan to become a registered nurse after four years of college, then taking my education to the next level by getting my masters and doctorate by branching off of the many opportuniites becoming a registered nurse can give you. 

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

Being a part of SkillsUSA and HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) I have over 100 hours of community service. I placed second competing in the HOSA State Competition 2015 in the competitive event CPR/First Aid. My partner and I then competed in nationals where we placed in the top 25 in the nation. As well as community service, I also have a part time job at my high school in the athletic department, where I log in about 18 hours a week. 

Rachel Stice
Page High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

I became involved in my schools blood drive my sophomore year because i wanted to try something else, and i liked it and have been in it since. I became the head of the Blood Drive my junior year and am again the head of the Blood Drive this year. I have been in and hosted eight blood drives and will have hosted nine once my school completes our drive in March. 

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

I make sure that I double check the donors that I handed out forms to get it back to me. But I have also gone to Safeway and Walmart to recruit community members to donate. I have also arranged and made donation forms to stores such as Safeway for donuts, we persuade students to turn in their forms, by giving them a donut when they turn in their form. 

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

I think that the students who donate should get an hour lunch of their choice compared to our usaul 40 min, those who donate, and I also think that it would be cool to get the Blood Drop Mascot UBIE during our times of recruiting to get more people, and even for the blood drive, to encourage walk-ins. 

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

It taught me that it is extremely important to help those in need. I recently learned that the only blood that goes to hospitals is from Drives like the one at our school and other banks. But it also taught me not to procrastinate because it doesn’t do anything for the good and can make things worse. If we procrastinate on getting donors, it hurts the people that really need it. And getting blood for the people who need it, and knowing that by completing a successful blood drive makes me happy that those people who need it, can live their life more. 

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

Well I am currently in NHS and will still be doing community service for whatever we decide. But if i get into college I would like to join a group that does community clean up or relations, or seeing if there is somewhere where I can volunteer to just work and help people.

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

My long term goals would either be taking the route of becoming a band member for the Marine Corps or the NAVY, do that for four years or more then go to college and get my degree in MARINE ECOLOGY, or go to NAU or ASU, get my generals and multiple science courses complete, then transfer to a school that i can do hands on work and finish my degree for MARINE ECOLOGY. After i get my degree i would like to study ecosystems and sea animals relations and behaviors in the wild.

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

National Honors Society- 2
Marching Band-4
Indoor Drumline-3
Student Council-4
Golf-1
Soccer-1
Yearbook-2
Ive also been employed at Colorado River Discoveries multiple times during the seasons that i can work and I’ve been doing that for 3 years.
Girl Scouts-10 years
9/11 day of service for 3 years

Savannah Neu
Verrado High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

Our Health Occupations Students of America club decided to take on the challenge of running the school blood drives as we felt it was a beneficial event for both the school and the United Blood Services. As the club President at the time, I felt called to step up and spearhead the project. I love to lead, organize and help others so the Blood Drove was a perfect fit for me. 

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

Making sure that our Blood Drives meet the goals and run smoothly is a huge priority of mine. In order to accomplish this task, I handle all of the donor forms so that I am on top of the drive and always know where we stand as far as numbers of donors go. I also carry stacks of forms around the school on the Wednesdays and Fridays leading up to the event and make an announcement in each classroom and pass out forms. Lastly, I place posters around the schools and personally try to donate.

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

In order to take the Blood Drive to the next level, I would like to raise awareness of the cause. I sincerely believe that if more people in the school knew how important donating blood is and how much good they can do just by giving a little bit of their time and self, then more would be willing to donate. To accomplish this, I would create a school-wide presentation that would inspire students to take the leap, conquer their fear, and donate to save lives. 

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

As part of the Blood Drive Committee, I have learned that being a great leader is not about bossing people around, but instead about being both organized and confident. If you are prepared and ensure that all papers and supplies are in order and accounted for, you can accomplish anything. Also, if you are confident, then others on the team will tend to have more respect, abide by your delegated roles, and be cohesive.

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

Life is meant to be served for others. There is no point in living a selfish lifestyle when there are people out in the world struggling and in need. Because of this, I plan to continue volunteering in the community for the rest of my life. Every February, I volunteer on a mission trip down to Mexico to build homes. In the Spring I volunteer to pack food for Feed My Starving Children. And throughout the year I also visit and talk with residents in a local nursing home, helping them with activities. 

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

My ultimate goal is to become a medical professional, because I am and always have been fascinated by both the complexity and beauty of human anatomy. I either want to become a Nurse, Physician Assistant, or Doctor. To accomplish this, I will of course have to earn both my undergraduate degree and some sort of graduate degree. I have a long road of learning ahead of me but am happy to travel it because its what I love. 

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

– Health Occupations Students of America (4 yr)
– National Honor Society (3 yr)
– Fellowship of Christian Athletes (3 yr)
– Varsity Track and Field (4 yr)
– Club/ HS Swim Team (3 yr)
– Varsity Cross Country (1 yr)
– Lifetime Fitness Lifeguard 

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