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Applicant V4K05

List high school activities (student government, sports, publications, school-sponsored community programs, student-faculty committees, arts, music, etc.) List in descending order of significance.

1. National Honor Society (March 2022 - Present)
2. Work Ethic Certification Program (August 2019 - Present)
3. Students for Life (August 2019 - Present) --- *President 2022-2023 School Year
4. Diocese of Gary's Diocesan Youth Council (August 2020 - May 2022)
5. Key Club (January 2020 - Present)
6. Spanish Club (August 2019 - Present)
7. Youth Group (August 2016 - Present)
8. PSAT/SAT/ACT Prep Club (August 2021 - May 2022)
9.Horticulture Club (August 2021 - May 2022)
10. Freshman Basketball (June 2019 - February 2020)

List public service and community activities (homeless services, environmental protection/conservation, advocacy activities, work with a religious organization, etc.).  List in descending order of significance.

1. Youth Group (helped brainstorm, plan, and run youth group meetings/events, including a trivia night, sport night, Vocation Awareness Dinner/Speaker Panel, Halloween movie night, outdoor game night, etc.)

2. Diocesan Youth Council (met once per month to discuss upcoming events, gain new knowledge to report back to our church's youth group, write scripts for the prayer podcast, etc.)

3. Key Club (many different service activities, including child-care during PTO meetings, setting up/running/cleaning up PTO events, making or collecting items to donate to local organizations, packaging gift bags for teachers during teacher appreciation week, positive sticky notes for every student on International Kindness Day, etc.)

4. National Honor Society (many different service activities, including helping set up the annual 9/11 Flag Memorial, making decorations for the Winter Dance, mentor for Freshman Orientation, helping with the CHS Alumni Association Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, reading to and playing games with kids to help with reading comprehension, etc.)

List awards, scholarships, publications or special recognitions you have received.

1. 5% Club (Top 5% of my graduating class)
2. Certificate of Academic Excellence (all 3 years of high school to date, on track for fourth)
3. Work Ethic Certification (all 3 years of high school to date, on track for fourth)
4. AP Scholar Award (2022)
5. Athletic Scholar Patch (Winter 2019-2020 School Year)

1. Grand Valley State University Faculty Scholarship (merit scholarship)

1. Honorable Mention - National Spanish Exam (Spring 2022, taking exam again March 2023)

Describe one specific example of your leadership. (The writer of your letter of recommendation re: Leadership  Abilities and Potential must confirm this experience). 

During the 2022-2023 school year, I have had the honor of serving as the president of my school's Students for Life club. As president, I brainstorm ideas for activities the club can participate in, plan and lead meetings, and listen to the needs of the club's members. This experience has not only improved my communication skills---as I have had to speak at every meeting, collaborate with our teacher sponsor, and work closely with my vice presidents to organize upcoming meetings---but it has also taught me the true meaning of leadership. I went into the position with many dreams for the club and hoped that everything on my list would be completed. However, through my mistakes, I have learned that true leaders listen to the dreams and concerns of those under their leadership, creating an encouraging and involved group. My experience as president will help me create a positive, respectful atmosphere in any group where I may be the leader, whether that be in college or in my future career.

Describe a recent particularly satisfying public service activity. (The writer of your letter of recommendation re: Public Service must confirm this).

At the beginning of 2023, I was able to help set-up, run, and clean-up for a local elementary school's book exchange. As one of the volunteers, I helped unpack and sort all of the books that the children would be able to browse through and take home at no cost. During the event, I helped serve hot chocolate to the children and their families while they enjoyed the vast selection of books, games, story time, and raffle. The event served as the kick-off for the school's "Read-a-thon", and it was a very special experience to see how excited the children were about picking out new books to read. After the families left, I helped the PTO members clean up the hot chocolate station, which involved washing the pots, packaging up the leftover toppings, and boxing up the cups/utensils/etc. While many others my age would have rather spent a Friday night with friends or relaxing, I truly enjoyed being able to help at such an important event. I was an avid reader growing up, so I strongly believe in the benefits of reading for children---both academically/mentally and emotionally.

Describe the education program you intend to pursue if you receive the scholarship.

I intend to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. This program will teach me the basics of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, two medical fields that deal with human communication (both in the expression and reception of speech/sounds). At the current moment, I intend to continue on to graduate school after earning my Bachelor's degree to earn my Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. This program will teach me the information and offer me the observation/clinical experience I need to enter the workforce as a speech-language pathologist after graduation. As a speech-language pathologist, I will be able to help my patients every day with any difficulties they have in the areas of speaking, understanding, cognition, and swallowing. I also plan to minor in Spanish. This will allow me to better connect with any of my future patients whose first language may not be English, creating a more personable treatment process.

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