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.

DENISSE ALARCON – GATEWAY EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
 
HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR SCHOOL’S BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?
I became involved in my school’s blood committee my senior year of high school. I want to explore a degree in the medical field, and any steps I can take to advance my knowledge on the body is helpful. Along with my dream of being in the medical field, my grandma had cancer when I was young and had to undergo multiple surgeries. Although I was young and did not understand the concept of surgery back then, now I am able to understand that strangers blood had helped her in complications, and I would like to give back as well.
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 recruited my peers to become a part of the community and help others by donating blood. I let them know how they are going to make a difference in their community, and how they will make an impact on somebody’s life. I inform them that their blood can be the reason a person survives and that it would benefit not only the person receiving the blood, but the family of the recipient as well. I also inform them that along with helping others they can see themselves as a hero.
HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL TO ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?
I would take the blood drive to the next level by spreading more awareness about the blood drive and informing others on how they can donate. I would also hang up more posters around the halls and classrooms. I would not only include the students but try and have more teachers donate and have them make announcements about donating. It could also be advanced to another level by making more announcements and answering as many questions on donating blood as possible. The most that can be done is spreading more awareness and informing others students as much as possible.
PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON LEARNED FROM BEING A PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE. 
A lesson I learned from being a part of the blood committee was to be more social. With the blood drive I had to break out of my comfort zone and talk to people I had never met to convince them to donate blood. This allowed me to become more comfortable speaking with strangers. As well as how to become more social when talking to large groups. I had high anxiety speaking in large groups, but when I had to go to classes and make announcements it became easier as I continued doing it on and on. 
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?
The plans I have to continue participating in the community involve being more active in the animal shelters. In my free time I enjoy going to socialize with the dogs and keep them company. This makes them more comfortable with other humans making them more adoptable. Along with volunteering at the pet shelter I hope to continue participating in the blood drive. I soon hope to be able to donate blood in the future. However, if I cannot I will continue to recruit people who are willing to donate their time and blood to help others.
DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.
My long-term goal at this moment is to graduate college. Currently I am on track to graduate from high school in May. Then I plan on attending Arizona State University where I want to pursue a degree in psychology. I will then move on to study more in depth on neuropsychology. This will require me to move onto med school, and possibly work in mental hospitals or clinics to gain experience. With this study, degree, and experience, I want to focus my career on mental hospitals and prisons.
LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT, AND VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY SERVICE (INCLUDE YEARS OF INVOLVEMENT)
In addition to the volunteering in the blood drive I work, take honors classes, college classes, and volunteer in other organizations. I work at Schlotzky’s and have been employed there for seven months. In my time working there I have trained other new employees. Along with my job I juggle taking college classes and high school classes at the same time. I have been doing this since my freshman year of high school. Along with attending college classes I have completed community service hours at animal shelters, and botanical gardens. This is what I have been accomplishing during my high school years.

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