I am Olivia, age 15, a sophomore at Oak Meadow and honored to be a part of the National Honor Society. I live in a small town in Connecticut with my Mom, Dad, sister, four dogs, and my bunny. I was accepted into the National Junior Honor Society in the seventh grade after exhibiting scholarship, leadership, service, and character. When I was in the eighth grade, I was a part of my school’s mock trial team. Playing a witness in the case, I and my teammates won the State Championship after competing against over 40 other schools. As a result of this accomplishment, my team received a Congressional Citation at the Connecticut State Capitol and a standing ovation on the floor of the House of Representatives. In addition to my academic work, I have studied classical ballet for 12 years and performed in various ballets and original pieces. Recently, I was chosen to play the lead role of Clara in The Nutcracker. I have also been playing the piano since the age of five, and have received multiple Certificates of Musical Achievement from my music school. I also enjoy volunteering for community service activities, spending time with friends, and relaxing at home with my family and pets.
I chose service and leadership as two particular qualities of an NHS member to highlight. I find joy in helping others and giving back to her community. I recognize those who are less fortunate, and am grateful to those who have enriched my life. Volunteering at my alma mater, soup kitchens, charity drives, benefit ballet performances at a retirement home, Yale’s Smilow Cancer Hospital, at a local library, and volunteering with an organization called Homeward Bound CT that helps to find forever homes for abandoned dogs are examples of my activities. I choose these activities because I enjoys being generous and giving back to those who have contributed to my life. I see leadership in many forms. I feel strongly that one does not have to be in an elected office, such as student council, to exhibit leadership, but instead simply be a good role model for others.
Again, I am proud to be recognized as a member of the National Honor Society, and I look forward to continuing to model the four qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, and character throughout my life.