Scholarship Voting (Group 1)

Thank you for participating in this year’s “Spirit of Giving” Scholarship Selection Committee! Please review the application for each student and submit your ratings. Use the numbers at the bottom of the page to move on to the next application.

Amy Orea
Blue Ridge High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

 As a sophomore, I was invited to become a member of National Honor Society. Each year, NHS hosts two blood drives and each member is required to volunteer once. Although we are only required to participate once, I choose to volunteer at all of the blood drives and to do as much as I can. Being involved in our blood drives shows me how much I love being a part of a committee that focuses on bringing awareness about the blood shortage and how we can change that by donating blood.  

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

 Recruiting donors is always a difficult task. As a leader, my way of recruiting donors is by having our committee go to each classroom at our school with permission slips and educate students about the blood shortage and the requirements for possible donors. We also advertise to our community by putting up posters at businesses about the blood drive that we are hosting. Each year we are able to earn a gold or platinum award for reaching or surpassing our goal. The effort of each member in our committee results in a successful blood drive. 

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

 Surpassing our goal always brings joy to me but to do even more would create a bigger impact. In order to bring even a larger success, my plan is to host a blood drive that welcomes people all day. Every year we are only able to do the blood drive for six hours during normal business hours. Although we always meet or surpass our goal, extending the time would bring a larger number of donors because people could come in after they get off work.

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

 As someone who is unable to donate blood because of my small physique, I learned that donating blood is not the only way to contribute. Being a part of the blood drive taught me that I can help others by dedicating my time organizing the event and advertising to our school and community. I learned that even the smallest actions such as putting a poster on the wall is a part of something bigger. Without the small things, it is not possible to achieve our bigger goal, and that is to save lives. 

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

 As a senior in high school who is involved in many clubs active with community service projects, I will continue by choosing a college that focuses on helping other people. Grand Canyon University is a college that offers many programs that go out in the community for service. One such club is called the Circle K International which has a global and local outreach. The CKI members contribute by visiting refugees in apartment complexes and pack food to deliver to third world countries. Being a part of a college is a step to continue participating in service projects.   

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS. 

 Ever since I was little, helping others, especially children, has always been my goal. As a step closer to my goal of becoming a pediatrician, I am attending Grand Canyon University in the fall of 2017 to get my bachelors and prepare myself for medical school. After GCU, my goal is to pass the Medical College Admission Test for medical school at University of Arizona or a university with a strong focus on pediatrics. I hope to work at a children’ hospital where I can use the skills that I attained and continue to contribute to others.  

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

 Extracurricular Activities- Students Against Destructive Decision, Graphics Club, National Honor Society, and Ambassador’ Club.
Honors- National Honor Society’s Sophomore of the Year, National Honor Society’s Junior of the Year, Principal’s Award, Pride Factor Award, Athletic Award, and Navajo County Drug Project Art Winner.
Employment- Hired to be a technician this summer at my school after being an intern for a year and a half.
Community service- Pennies for Patients (3 years) Church Food Truck (2 years) Trackettes (2 years) Red Ribbon Campaign (2 years) Church Thanksgiving Lunch (4 years) Mock Crash (1 year) Awana (4 years) NHS Greenhouse (6 months)  

Please rate this applicant on a scale of 1 to 5 (1=Needs Improvement, 5=Excellent)

How much impact did the student make on their school's blood drive program?
Rate the candidate’s education and career goals.
How well will the applicant use their blood drive experience to impact their community in the future?
Rate the student’s extracurricular activities, honors, employment and community service.

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