Throughout high school there were many clubs, organizations, and teams I was involved in that gave me the opportunity to provide leadership and service. Leadership and service are important to me because they give back to the community and show others how it is important to give back to the community as well. The experiences I have had have been with Kentucky Youth Mission Trips, my high school cheerleading team, National Honor Society, Student Council, Fall Into the Streets, and my church.
Kentucky Youth Mission Trips
Mission trips were amazing for me because they extended a helping hand outside of the community. I went on three different week long Kentucky Youth Mission Trips to Moorehead, Kentucky. My youth group built ramps for those who needed easier access getting into their homes, worked with Christian Social Services making building improvements, and worked with Habitat for Humanity. The work was tough but it was rewarding to see the impact we could make on the lives of others. The trips mixed service and faith together to bring hope and help to those in Moorehead.
National Honor Society
I was inducted into National Honor Society at Clinton High School towards the end of my Sophomore year. The experience was amazing as I attended monthly meetings, and volunteered at events such as Red Cross Blood Drives. I would sign students up to donate prior to the blood drive, and on the day of the blood drive I would check people in. One of the many successful charity events NHS put on was a boy’s volleyball game between my school and our school’s rival. All of the money that was raised went to I92 Ministries which is a nonprofit that strives to decrease and eliminate hunger in Lenawee County and in villages in Haiti.
Student Government was an honor to be in as I got to represent the students at Clinton High School and get them involved. During my junior year I was Secretary of my class, and during my Senior year I was President of my class. I attended weekly meetings, helped organize and carry out charity events, and plan spirit weeks. My favorite part of Student Government was sharing creative ideas for fundraising and making posters to hang up around the school. Student Government also ran the pep assemblies by welcoming students as the entered the gym and putting the spirit games together.
Ever since I was a freshman I was on varsity for sideline and competitive cheer. I was captain my senior year for both teams, but I had been teaching the new members cheers and putting in extra effort the whole time I was on the team. As captain, I also assisted my coaches at practice, lead stretching, and helped create cheers. Cheerleading was one of my biggest passions in high school so I was always trying to help others enjoy it as much as I did. I also coached girls in elementary school at spirit clinics and was on staff for a middle school stunting clinic. It was very important for me to serve as a positive role model because the girls looked up to me. Even when I go to sporting events now I will have little girls I coached run up to me and give me a hug.
I have been involved with my church since I was in elementary school from selling raffle tickets at dinners to singing in the choir during mass. I have worked at breakfasts and dinners to help set up, prepare and serve food, and clean up to raise money for the church. I was involved with my youth group and once helped put on a retreat for preteens that helped them with the transition from childhood to becoming a teenager. My favorite thing I have done with my youth group is tying blankets for children’s hospitals at lock-ins. Being involved with my church is a great way to give back to the community with the foundation of faith.
Fall Into the Streets
Fall Into the Streets is a program that my high school does every year during the fall where students go into the community for three hours to rake leaves for those who need extra help. They could be elderly people or those who are unable to do the work themselves. This is all done for free and it is a great way to get to know other people in our community. I love this program because it is a lot of fun to rake leaves for a few hourswith friends, plus it is a great way to give back to those who support our school.