Student, Madison Academic Magnet High School, Class of 2016,
Before I began high school I knew that I wanted to be in the medical field and give back to the community. The summer before I started freshman year I became a Junior Volunteer at the Jackson General Hospital. I absolutely loved it, I met so many encouraging and loving people, and it also helped me decide on what I specifically wanted to major in. After I began high school I became involved in many clubs. I joined beta club as a junior, we were involved in many different service projects such as RIFA, operation Christmas child and local Blood drives. Another club I participated in is called Excel Club. It is the only high school excel club in our county and we donate the money we raise to our partners in our local exchange club; which is the adult version of our club, to give back to our community. The service projects that we do include helping the Carl Perkins child abuse center, trunk or treat, RIFA, and many other fundraisers. The last club I am involved in is called National Honor Society. This club is very prestigious and has certain criteria that you have to meet to be nominated. To be considered you have to have a teacher’s recommendation and above a 3.7 GPA, from there you are evaluated by a board of teachers. We have a large induction ceremony and every first Tuesday morning of every month at 6:30 am we have meetings. We participate in one to two service projects every month. These projects include Salvation Army, Letters in motion, Red kettle program, Rifa, Angle tree program and many others. Outside of school clubs giving back doesn’t fall short. At my church we partner with the Hartland Place apartments, every Monday night we have tutoring and a small church service for the children there. Every summer for the past three years we have taken the kids to a local camp ground in Jackson for the weekend so they can learn about God and be taken out of rough situations at home. I love being able to teach kids about God and watch them have fun with their friends. I find that volunteering takes a lot of hard work and commitment but it yields so much humility in return and in my opinion it makes everything worth it.