One of my best friends and co-valedictorian, Sam and I walking on stage to give our speech at graduation.

I attended and graduated from Holly High School in Holly, Michigan. HHS has just Holly_High_School_logounder 1200 students and my graduating class was comprised of 250 students. I loved high school. It allowed me to completely grow and evolve into a leader and put my passions into action. I graduated from Holly High School as Valedictorian in May of 2015. While my academics were very important, I was also very involved in extracurricular activities.

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Leadership class on Harry Potter Day during Spirit Week!

In high school, I became involved in everything I possibly could and more. I was captain of the Varsity Girls Golf Team, a distance runner on the Varsity Track and Field Team, Director of Communications for Student Leadership & Student Council, and National Honor Society Member. Out of all my involvements, I like to think the one that has shaped me the most being involved in leadership class and student council. I would not be in LAS and CVFC, and I certainly wouldn’t be the person I am today without the opportunities and growth experiences that I gained through leadership.

2000px-Central_Michigan_University_wordmark.svg_After HHS, I decided to continue on my educational journey at Central Michigan University. During my senior year of high school, I struggled
to find the University that was right for me and that I could call home for the next four years. I knew I wanted to go a large university where I could have that large campus feel with a small campus atmosphere; I wanted to attend a school where I felt that I was more than just a number and that I could make a difference.

After I was notified that I received the Leader Advancement Scholarship at CMU, I knew that Central Michigan University was the right place for me. In high school, being involved in student leadership completely evolved me as an individual. I knew that I didn’t want my leadership experiences to end after high school. CMU would allow me the opportunity to continue growing as a leader and BE better every day.

Additionally, I fell in love with CMU’s College of Education and Services. CMU’s Secondary Screen Shot 2016-01-30 at 2.27.45 PM.pngEducation Program is one of the best in the entire state and I knew that by attending CMU, I would graduate with the experience and knowledge to be a phenomenal high school teacher and change my students’ lives the way my teachers changed mine.

Although I’ve always known that I wanted to be a High School Teacher, I struggled to try to figure out what subject I wanted to teach. I’ve always been a well-rounded student and didn’t necessarily have a favorite subject. However, after a great deal of thinking about it, I’ve decided to become a math teacher. Math has always been one of my strongest subjects and I’ve genuinely enjoyed the critical thinking and problem solving that is encompassed within mathematics. As a math teacher, I want to be able to help students struggling with math, develop critical thinking skills necessary for the 21st-century learner, and create engaging math lessons that are both relevant and meaningful. I am also pursuing minors in English Education and Leadership.

Words cannot describe how grateful I am to attend a university that inspires me to continue to grow as a leader and a future educator.