Scholarship Voting (Group 3)

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.

ASHTON MOSES – ESTRELLA FOOTHILLS HIGH SCHOOL
 
HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR SCHOOL’S BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE?
I became involved when I got elected to be the SkillsUSA officer, and my chapter co-hosted a blood drive at my school. At the time, I was wary about donating blood myself, so I wanted to take the opportunity of helping in a different way. I talked to my advisor on ways I could help and she suggested that I help work it. I was one of the paperwork people, where donors came to sign in and receive all the necessary paperwork. Since this blood drive, I hope to not only work future drives, but also donate myself as well. 
WHAT ACTIONS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO RECRUIT DONORS AND ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BLOOD DRIVES?
During our last blood drive, I mainly used the face-to-face contact to promote it. I work at Walgreens, so I put up posters that included the time, location, website where they could reserve a spot, and contact information for any questions they had. I also put those posters around our school, and went around to tables during the lunches with signup sheets and permission packets to really make sure everyone had the opportunity to sign up. If students were too young I would help them determine the next possible blood drive where they could start donating. 
HOW WOULD YOU TAKE THE BLOOD DRIVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT YOUR SCHOOL TO ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER SUCCESS?
Based on our last drive, the main idea I have to boost it to the next level is social media. Our committee has an Instagram, so I will create eye catching pictures to promote the drive on there. I would also post on our community Facebook page and reach out to different clubs and organizations in our school asking for their support online. I plan to also travel to our elementary schools and ask to put up posters there as well to reach out to parents. Overall I would like to make sure people know the impact they can have. 
PLEASE SHARE A NOTEWORTHY LESSON LEARNED FROM BEING A PART OF THE BLOOD DRIVE COMMITTEE. 
The biggest lesson I’ve learned from participating in the blood drive is that there’s always a way to help. Whether it’s actually donating, or just handling the paperwork, there’s always something you can do. I had the chance to go to the United Blood Services Awards Luncheon and Training, and I met one of the receivers of the blood donated. She and her mom told their story, and that was when it really clicked how much of a difference these drives mean to people, and the lives we are saving. Being involved with the blood drive has impacted my life. 
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS?
I plan to continue working with blood drives, even after I graduate. I also am going to take every opportunity I get to help with other community service projects. I hope to stay involved with SkillsUSA and help with any projects they have going on. Hearing Hayley and her mom’s story really moved me and has shown me what working these event can do. I loved the feeling I received after learning what an impact a drive had, and I want to continue helping with projects that make me feel like that afterwards. 
DESCRIBE YOUR LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS.
I hope to earn my bachelor’s degree in marketing, empowering me to create a platform where I can change lives like United Blood Services can. I want to help others feel the sense of accomplishment I did when I participated. I want to create something where people can use their own skills to change lives, something that helps promote volunteer service to the point where it’s more common than not. I feel that if people experience the amazing feeling after volunteering that I did, then they are more likely to continue to help, and that’s what I hope to achieve. 
LIST YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, HONORS, EMPLOYMENT, AND VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY SERVICE (INCLUDE YEARS OF INVOLVEMENT)
SkillsUSA- 4 years of involvement
FCCLA- 1 year of involvement
Drama Club- 1 year of involvement
Play Productions- 1 year of involvement
Blood Drive Committee- 1 year of involvement
Volleyball- 2 years of involvement
Walgreens- 1 year of working

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