Located in Marietta (GA), Wheeler High School continues to dominate in academics, athletics, and community service. I attended Wheeler from 2012 through 2016, graduating from the Magnet Program. This STEM-specialized Magnet Program was the first program in the state to be STEM-certified and is ranked nationally as the second best magnet school. During my time at Wheeler, I took seven AP courses, three post-AP courses, and even completed the Video Productions pathway. When I wasn't in class, volunteering, or playing golf for the WHS Golf Team, I was always the stands cheering on my fellow wildcats!
- Senior Who's Who Award
- Ray Kroc Outstanding Senior Award for Cobb County
- Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award for Cobb County
- Magnet Outstanding Senior Award for Community Service
- Chattahoochee Nature Center Volunteer Pin of Honor
- CTE Presidential Scholar Award
- Principal's Honor Roll
- Academic Varsity Letter
- Community Service Varsity Letter
- Golf Varsity Letter
- Georgia Positive Athlete: Girls Golf Award for Cobb County
- Class Award: Magnet Physics
- Class Award: Accelerated Math III
- Highest Average: Magnet Internship
- Highest Average: Magnet Foundations
- Senior Project: Best Product
- Senior Project: Best Presentation
- Broadcast Video Honors Award
- Video Certificate of Excellence
From September to December 2015, I interned at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, a non-profit organization that encourages environmental awareness, as the Education Intern through Wheeler Magnet's Advanced Scientific Internship and Research Course. My responsibilities expanded from the Education Department to Communications and Events as I was creating program materials, classifying shells, tending the worm garden, facilitating event setup, directing volunteers, and creating photography and videos for future conferences. For the research portion of the internship, I studied elementary and middle school students across Cobb County to evaluate the most effective techniques to communication environmental concepts, issues, and awareness and how this higher understanding influences the education system as a whole. After dedicating over 140 volunteer hours of service, I was awarded with the Chattahoochee Nature Center Service Pin of Honor by my mentor, Ms. Christie Hill. I also received the Highest Average Award for Magnet Internship.
Through Senior Project, Wheeler High School's Capstone Project, I had the opportunity to intern at Fab'rik, a local boutique featuring the trendiest fashion for women. I created two commercials to promote not only their products, but their mission. My research focused the correlation between negative fashion marketing with self-image and self-confidence in young women. Collectively, these experiences allowed me to further develop my marketing, business management, customer service, research, video production, and photography skills. I was honored with both the Best Product and Best Presentation awards for my Senior Project.
For the 2015-2016 school year, I represent Wheeler High School alongside my principal, Dr. Peter Giles, as well as my assistant principal, Mr. Chris Jones, to promote networking between schools and local businesses of Northeast Cobb to further develop that tight-knit community.
"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."
Ever since I attended my first Chick-Fil-A Leadership Conference, this quote has stuck with me. This day long conference inspired not only me, but my fellow classmates that were also selected to the academy, to positively impact our community through effective leadership and service. For our service project, we hosted a luncheon for local homeless veterans to commemorate their dedication to this country's freedom. I served as the head of the decorations and gift bags committee, where I selected and budgeted the supplies. In order to save money (with one of our largest challenges being our spending budget), I had to get creative. After designing a logo for the event and stopping by a local dollar store to pick up glass vases, I headed to the engineering lab. Here I utilized the laser engraver to transfer the logo onto the vases. This doubled up as table centerpieces as well as personalized gifts for the veterans. In addition, I produced a "Thank You" video that was shared during the luncheon and took pictures of the event. Through this service project, I had the opportunity to work closely with Magnet Coordinator, Dr. Cheryl Crooks. She presented me with an engraved pen at the Magnet Program banquet to recognize my service and commitment to the community.