Scholarship Voting (Group 2)

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.

DeCora Stevens
Westwood High School

HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?

 As a sophomore in high school I worked alongside the director Lizeth for the blood drive. I loved recruiting people and helping everyone go through the process to donate. Last year I even volunteered myself despite my fear of needles, and blood. I ran for Lizeth’ position the next year with the responsibility of coordinating the blood drive as an exciting obligation. My experience as a blood drive coordinator has been so positive and I have had the fortunate experience of working with one of the most encouraging United Blood Services representatives, Tom Bryson. 

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

 I took a different approach than anyone else by assigning all the members of my student council five classrooms each in which the students in those classrooms look to a specific student council representative as a reference point. Two weeks leading up to the blood drive, each member visited their classrooms four times, one to announce the blood drive and hand out permission slips, the next visits to receive signed permission slips, and the last to deliver their tickets with their time to donate. I taught all the student council members who to register their specific students online, and double checked that each ticket time was correct. By doing it this way, it got the whole counsel as dedicated to the success as I was. It also distributed the work out, and took the majority of stress of just a few individuals. Of course the event was still advertised through announcements, posters, table toppers, flyers, and the Ubi costume at lunch but by visiting the classroom it really gives the school the best ability to reach the maximum amount of people.  

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

 I am looking at advertising to the community that they can come to the school at any time to donate, as often times people are willing to donate but don’t want to drive out of their way to do so. Parents and other family members love supporting Westwood, and with the proper advertisement I know they would be on board with this.  In the future I would like to use a text reminder to ensure that no one misses their time and has a number to call in case of any conflicts.

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

 Through my time as blood drive coordinator I learned that you have to be willing to put in time, and simply ask. People cannot commit to what they do not know about. It is hard to wrap my mind around the idea that it is this simple interaction that could eventually lead to real lives being saved. Everyone is striving to find meaning some way, and donating can be a part of that. 

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

 I want to continue in my involvement in community service projects wherever I go to college and beyond. Giving back to people is essentially more important than any grade, plaque, award, championship, etc. I know this sounds super cheesy but my favorite part about Student Council, and any people oriented service is watching their eyes, that are filled with genuine relief and joy at the reminder that they are not alone.  It is incredible what really being available for the benefit of other really does for the happiness of the community.

DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS. 

 I seek to study International Business and one day serve under management of a non-profit focused on education in Latin America. People are so focused on this ideal of success resting in the number that patterns their paycheck, but only to find that one day they wake up and realize their career lacks true purpose. I desire to give myself wholeheartedly to every person who enters my life. I vow to follow Christ’ divine purpose in my life to be a connector, to love with no filters. I am prepared to put everything I have into my endeavors in order to witness other’ dreams touch reality.

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

 Activities
-International DECA member February 2014-current
-Student Council August 2014-current
-National Honor Society Member September 2014-current
-Inspire Arizona Student Leader August 2016-current
-Fellowship of Christian Athletes Member October 3013-current
-Link Crew Leader July 2015-May 2016
–Varsity Soccer (October 2013- February 2016)
-Varsity Golf (July 2015- October 2016)
  Employment
-Simply Smile Photo Booth (October 2013-current)
-Golf Services, Top Golf Associate (February 2016- June 2016)
-Pure Concessions Cashier (August 2013- October 2015)
-Nanny (July 2015,16)
 Community service (1,000 hours)
-Tutoring (2014-15 school year)
-Latvia Missions Trip (Summer 2016)
-Child Care Assistant (Summer 2015)
-Community Construction Worker in Puerto Penasco, Mexico (February 2013,14)
-Boredom Busters Teen Leadership Training (Summer 2013)
 Honors
Girls State delegate
Selected as a speaker for TEDx Event April 2017
DECA District Overall 2nd place 2017, 3rd place state 2016
Coca-Cola Scholars Semifinalist 2016
November Westwood Student of the Month 2016
Prudential Spirit of Community Award 2016  

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

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Rate the student’s extracurricular activities, honors, employment and community service.

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