CARE Scholarship Applicants

Applicant 1

Essay Option 1: As high schoolers, kids like to have a good time after stressful weeks of school. My classmates used to have get togethers at their homes which involved listening to music, talking, eating, and enjoying each other’s company. Those were the innocent underclassman days when they feared what alcohol and drugs might do to them. Then came junior year when they felt it necessary to drink so they could have a good time. Those “get togethers” turned into small scaled frat parties with liquor, beer, and weed. Like myself, not everyone at the function would be involved with these substances. We were there to have a good time and joke around with our drunk friends. Although these parties didn’t happen every weekend my friends would go all out whenever there was a party. They would give it a theme, ask everyone who wanted to drink to chip in a few dollars, and even send out a Facebook invitation. These types of parties occurred on special occasions such as homecoming or New Year’s Eve. Many of my friends would ask me if I wanted to take a shot or if I wanted a beer, but I always declined because I knew the consequences that came with it.
To go into more detail, I vividly remember a time when a friend (John) was under the influence and had to get back home. That night he initially smoked a few bowls with other friends and I remember him coming inside with blood shot eyes telling me that was the most he had ever smoked. I laughed with him and then proceeded to sit on the couch with him while he was high. A few moments later, a girl came to the couch telling us that everyone was about to take shots. Not being in his right mind, he accepted the offer and took four shots. Towards the end of the night when people were leaving, no one could find John. We searched and searched until another friend (Bob) and I decided to go to our cars and head out. There we found John sitting on the ground looking dazed and confused. From our drug and alcohol education, Bob and I knew we had to give him water. As we were telling him to drink the water, John told us, “I have water right next to me. It’s right here.” When we looked towards where he was pointing, there was nothing there but grass. John was so high, he couldn’t tell the difference between grass and water. It took the next 20 minutes for him to coherently tell us exactly where we needed to take him because we were not going to leave him alone and he did not have transportation. Being crossfaded with no water in his system, my friend Bob eventually took John home. Bob later informed me that he was scared for John’s life. “He couldn’t get words out and constantly was telling me he had to throw up.” The next week at school, John thanked Bob and I for helping him home. He also told us that it was the worst thing he had ever done and vowed to never be that helpless again. From that night on, I knew substance consumption was not the glorified good feeling that people made it seem to be. 
In my life, I have always been more worried about the backlash from my parents than the side effects I would endure. However, this experience opened my eyes to the reality of what substance abuse can do to an individual, which I believe had a greater impact than any warning my parents could provide. Their way of having the conversation was not drinking themselves. I look up to them and will lead my life the same way they did.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Football Team//9-12 grade// 15 hours/week// Junior and Senior Captain
Track and Field//10-12 grade// 12 hours/week// Junior and Senior Captain
Hornet Hill Guide// 9-12 grade// 2 hours/week//
Greenhill Christian Fellowship// 12 grade// 1 hour/week// President
Student Ethics and Leadership// 12 grade// 2 hours/week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: I believe my creation of the Greenhill Christian Fellowship Club has been my most meaningful contribution to my high school career. Since faith is a big component in my life, it was necessary to have a Christian organization on campus. Although we meet only once a week, we are a tight knit community who can always count on one another to get through the tough times. Every Wednesday I like to open with a prayer and then we talk about a story in the Bible. The connections to our own like that we pull out are astounding and warms my heart. It is our duty as believers to spread the Word of God through this earth so I am just fulfilling my duty.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: I am apart of the Student Ethics and Leadership service at my school where we help freshman navigate their way through high school. We have a week long training process with each other learning ways to talk about drug/alcohol with our freshman. We advise them not to use substances because of the consequences and health factors that come along with it.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

 

Applicant 2

Essay Option 1: The use of alcohol and drugs is very high at school dances or at after parties. At every Homecoming dance I've been to there has been pressure to drink but luckily most of the people I go with have restrained in taking part in these activities. Though this has been the case I was still surrounded by other who have decided to drink or smoke weed. There has also been an incident at my high school where a girl had been killed in a car accident where her drunk boyfriend was driving. This girl's story has helped in some degree to reduce the amount of kids who will drink and drive but they none the less will drink. So the pressure had always been there but through the influence of my parents, who have never had alcohol or done drugs, I have never been surrounded by adults who have chosen to drink. Also, I'm involved in several programs where I would be kicked out if I drink or do drugs and I also want a bright future for myself.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Choir 9th-12th; National Honor Society 10th-12th; Latin 9th-11th; Ap classes: Human Geography, World History, Us History, Environmental Science, English, Literature; College Dual Credit 12th; Nothplace Church Children's Service 10th-12th every Saturday; Professional Internship at Richardson Vet Clinic

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.:

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

 

Applicant 3

Essay Option 1:

Essay Option 2: Growing up brings freedom. In high school, one of the biggest freedoms people believe they have is underage drinking. I wasn’t one of these people. It was obvious that my friends and I were in the minority. As time went by, we saw more and more of our friends jump on the bandwagon. Most of the time, it would start out subtly. They would start drinking on a whim. 
Next thing we’d know, the people that we used to hang out with were making choices that we didn’t want to be a part of. To them, alcohol had the power to transform them into someone they liked better than themselves. With an altered mindset, the problems of their world probably seemed to disappear. 

When it comes to drinking, I saw that there were different types of students: those who drink, those who don’t and those who judge either way. As my friends and I watched classmates choose a different route we chose to try to support each other and refrain from judgment. We figured that we all have our own frailties. However, there was no question that teenage drinking can be harmful and we couldn’t bear to just sit by.

We talked about it a lot. Drinking had always seemed like a rite of passage. Our culture told us there was no harm in taking a sip. Yet, it seemed to do much more harm than good. It's illegal at our age for a reason and ultimately we felt it wasn't a necessary step to happiness. Inherently, the differences in our actions divided us. Friendships were fading right before our eyes. But the one thing we couldn’t figure out was how to fix it. 

And then it hit us. Joining together we could make a difference.

Sophomore year, my friends and I started Arrow - a new club dedicated to mentoring and educating 8th grade girls about how drinking and partying wasn’t “all that”. It was structured in a big-sister, little-sister fashion to promote friendships between the girls so that they could really open up. Truth was we had low hopes for the first meeting. Though we knew our purpose mattered, we couldn’t help but wonder if we were in the minority in that thinking. But, at that very first meeting, we stood wide eyed as 50 middle school girls and 20 high school girls walked in, ready to hear us out. At that very first meeting, we had a speaker and broke into small group sessions and with the help of our CARE sponsor, Coach Jerry Sutterfield, we started erasing the conviction that you had to drink in high school to matter. From sports team captains to artists to dancers and musicians, our members had proven to be successful and content without drinking or judging those who chose a different route. The middle school girls loved it and more started attending our meetings.

Criticism came but because of the strong friend group around us, we didn’t collapse. We kept on moving and mentoring with close to 200 high school girls signing up at the club fair. We became the biggest start up club in Highland Park extracurricular history. I saw a need and challenged the belief that ‘you have to drink in high school to be cool’. There’s no question that drinking still exists at Highland Park High School but I believe that in creating Arrow we've made an impact and helped promote an alternative and healthier way of living for young women in our community. 

Through Arrow I have learned how to lead. A leader must be intentional with their interactions knowing that someone is always looking up to you. Accountability is vital to success. I’ve learned how to halt judgment and to lend a hand to those in need. I’m proud to have co-founded Arrow because I know that with friends by my side, we helped turn the tide.

Meaningful Activities: 10-12 // Arrow Club – Co-Founder and Vice President // 2 hours per week

12 // Fellowship of Christian Athletes – President // 2 hours per week

11 - 12 // National Honor Society – Membership granted based on GPA, academic commitment, school leadership and community service. 

11-12 // Highland Park High School Freshman Orientation Leader

7-12 // National Charity League, Heart of Dallas Chapter – Social Events Chair (11), Philanthropy Chair (10), Vice President (9). Averaged 2.5 hours/week. Earned the National Presidential Volunteer Service Awards // 3 years in a row for 100 plus hours of volunteer work per year Overall volunteer hours = 367 hours

9-11 // Young Life and Frontier Ranch – Summer Camp Counselor and Music Leader

9-12 // “Speaker8” – Acoustic and electric guitarist for the pop band “Speaker 8”: Performed at private events and local venues such as the Rustic and Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. Co-wrote original songs for iTunes, helped develop original soundtracks, played covers and created music videos for “Speaker8”.

9-12 // Highland Park High School Track Team – Averaged 20 hours/week (during Track season)

10-12 // Highland Park High School Cross Country Team – Averaged 20 hours/week (during CC season)

11-12 // K-Life – Active Member, produced videos to promote membership

10-12 Entrepreneur/Freelance Filmmaker – Started own filmmaking business. Created and produced six unique music videos for emerging musicians, original songwriters and singers. Created a film for a local psychologist to help young patients overcome depression. 

10-12 Pro-bono Videographer – Shot, edited and composed videos free of charge: Brookwood Community: to help build volunteer awareness, Young Life: to build excitement for their Christian camps and fund raising needs, Highland Park High School: to promote various athletic events and club initiatives (year-round) 

10-12 // Vacation Bible School Teacher Assistant – Highland Park Presbyterian Church, summer week long camp.

10-12 // Armour Up Program Coordinator – Weekly Bible study program at Park Cities Baptist Church. Created videos to promote the mission.

11 // Haiti Mission Trip – Christian week-long mission trip with Mission of Hope and KLife.

10-12 // The Brookwood Community, Brookshire, TX – Created educational and fun summer camps for 100+ adults with disabilities. 

11-12 // Emeritus Senior Living – Worked with residents in the Memory Loss Unit with music therapy on an ongoing basis.

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity has been co-founding and leading Arrow. Creating it made me a better person and friend. I know Arrow has positively-impacted many younger girls. I have found the best friends in life by doing it. I know it will continue to make a difference well into the future. Nothing could be more meaningful than that!

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.: Arrow Club – Co-Founded w/ Ali Garret and served as Vice President: Founded this club dedicated to mentoring 8th grade girls in establishing a confident and drug/alcohol free transition and existence in high school. Approximately 300 girls have attended meetings or joined Arrow in the 3 years since inception.

• Recruited 60+ new members and trained future club leaders
• Planned monthly meetings and found inspiring speakers for meetings
• Organized a philanthropy campaign to extend club’s mission to help local, economically disadvantaged high schools

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 4

Essay Option 1:

Essay Option 2: Did you catch the April 2016 issue of the Park Cities People newspaper and the bold headline that read, “Clubs Advocate for How to Avoid Alcohol”? The article highlights a club I founded my sophomore year at Highland Park High School called “Arrow” which targets the issue of teen drinking. I recognized the magnitude of the teen drinking issue in my community, and I wanted to do something about it. This club was born because of my interest in mentoring and my leadership and organizational talents.
In the fall of my sophomore year, I began to notice friends experimenting with alcohol at parties, and I witnessed how it made their lives more complicated than fun. My older brother had just finished high school without consuming alcohol, so I rejected the popular notion: you have to drink to have fun in high school. Also, that fall, I taught a Friday night “Bible Study Bunko” to a group of 8th grade girls. As the year progressed, the girls became more and more anxious. As such, I pulled together an “A-list” of high school role models to be my officers, and our new social-mentoring club “Arrow” took off by the holidays. 
Amazingly, fifty girls attended our very first meeting. Arrow continued to grow in size and popularity during my junior year. Overall, I arranged for eleven speakers to share their story and the importance of abstaining from alcohol until the legal age of twenty-one. At the end of the year, I organized a scavenger hunt that over one hundred people attended for Arrow and True Grit (the male version of Arrow). I raised $3,000 in donations from the scavenger hunt T-shirts, the sales of which will fund the clubs for the next 2-3 years.
This year we have mentored over 40 8th graders – the class of 2021. My officers and I have tapped into all our social media channels and work closely with the school administration to encourage great attendance at the meetings. Approximately 300 girls have attended meetings or joined Arrow in the 2.5 years since inception. By mentoring and reaching this many girls, Arrow is positively changing social drinking perceptions and creating a new social norm at Highland Park High School.
I have a desire to make the world better and I have heart to help people. Taking action and creating something meaningful has opened my eyes and taught me that I can make a difference in the future. I am currently training 133 high school girls who will mentor the next 8th grade class, and I am confident that Arrow will continue to help young women have the confidence to enjoy high school without alcohol and drugs. I didn’t enter high school planning to lead, mentor and start a club – it happened because I was doing what I loved. I look forward to using my talents and pursuing my passions at SMU!

Meaningful Activities: Swimming and Diving Team // Grades 9-12 // 10 hours a week // Team Captain
Arrow Club // Grades 10-12 // 5 hours a week // Founder and President
Fellowship of Christian Athletes // Grades 9-12 // 1 hour a week // Member
Bible Study // Grades 9-12 // 1 hour a week // Member
Student Council // Grade 12 // 5 hours a week // Senior Representative
Kumon Learning Center // Grades 9-12 // 4 hours a week // Tutor

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: The most meaningful activity that I have been involved in is Arrow because it is what I am most passionate about. I care about the growing leaders at my school and community, and I want to be an example for others that someone can go through high school and not drink or do drugs. I knew when I started this club that I would not change the perception or minds of every student, but that if I changed one mind, then I have accomplished my goal.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

 

Applicant 5

Essay Option 1:

Essay Option 2: Drugs and alcohol are words that define me but not in ways one may think. Growing up, I had two close friends whom I did everything with. We talked in our old t-shirts all night until the sun came shining through the blinds in our bedroom, and shared the latest drama going on around school that week. One day, in the summer going into freshman year, one started talking about drinking. “I think I will start drinking during freshman year”, “Me too” the other one chimed in. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, my best friends planning to drink before we had even reached high school. At night we would watch one of the girls older sisters come home raging drunk and pass out, and I was determined I would never go down that path. Not knowing what to say during their conversation, I sat there quietly and made the promise to myself never to drink during the next four years of my life. As freshman year rolled around I found my friends in holes I could not dig them out of as the alcohol started earlier then they had planned. Police were involved in Saturday night parties and I knew something had to be done. I tried thinking of ways to help them without actually being at these parties, and I came up dry. 
Weeks and weeks went by and I finally found a new group of girls who were the complete opposite of my prior friends. The four of us held self operated bible studies on Saturday mornings and on the weekends, instead of going to parties, we chose to eat ice cream and watch movies. Just when I thought this group couldn’t be any more perfect for me, one of them came up with the idea to start a club at our high school to advise and mentor incoming eighth graders. She explained how we should inform them that drugs and alcohol weren’t a necessary part of the high school experience. I, of course, loved the idea because coming into high school I would have loved to have the opportunity to be in a club like the this. There we were, sitting in Chick-fil-a on a Saturday morning, planning something that meant the world to me before I even knew it. After long hours of planning, and a list of the dumbest names for this new club, we had finally found the perfect name, Arrow, conveying that that we were pointing the incoming terrified freshmen in the right direction, just like an arrow.
Our goals, for the first meeting with the eighth graders, were to have at least 10 of them show up so we put the news all over social media. Half an hour before the first meeting, my four friends and I sat there and prayed. We were scared about students not showing up, and some trying to ruin it because of the cause we were standing up for. Around 7 P.M. on that Monday night, some girls started to walk through the front doors. The number grew to 10 then 20 and next we were at 70 students, 35 high school mentors and 35 incoming freshmen. We talked the hour away telling the eighth graders all about who we were and how this club came to be. It was such a success and the four of us sat in Starbucks after the meeting, crying, because of how happy our hearts were. 
To this day we have one hundred active members in Arrow. I have personally had 10 girls come up to me telling me how much the club means to them. The four girls that I started this club with are still my best friends to this day and I am so thankful to have people like them and a club so supportive of our decisions. They helped me through the worst times coming into high school and helped make me who I am today. Arrow has been my identity throughout high school and I am so honored to be a part of it. I am so happy to have left this strong foundation for my school and the girls who are incoming freshmen and I am so excited to see where it will take me in the future years. I hope that this club at my school will help many incoming freshmen girls make an easy transition to high school in order to keep drugs and alcohol away from their lives, I hope not to save lives, but be a small step in their lives to doing so.

Meaningful Activities: GIrls Golf-member 9-12 (Captain 12)
Arrow-10th grade (founded)- 12

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Arrow has given me the chance to carry out my beliefs of not using drugs and alcohol

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: Being Secretary of Arrow has been a humbling experience for me

 

Applicant 6

Essay Option 1: Since I was an elementary student the “Just Say No” campaign has been ever present in my life. My teachers have been a strong proponent of the “Just Say No” campaign. I am very blessed that I have not been faced with any situation to which I was offered drugs or alcohol. My peers and friends don’t use alcohol or drugs so the pressure of doing so is not there. I have prided myself on having a very close friend group, and we are like a family. We have all been raised to say no to alcohol and drugs, which I still abide by today. As a scholar athlete and honor roll student, I have to take care of my body and mind. 
I have been a student leader throughout my high school career. It is important for me to be an upstanding student when I represent my school and community. Getting involved in alcohol and drugs will only slow my ambitions and not allow me to be a true representation of my school, family and community. In my family, alcohol is not a “taboo” subject. My parents are very open about the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. They have made it easy for me to ask questions and be pro-active in staying away from underage drinking and illicit drugs. I believe their open views of alcohol have helped me to have better idea of how alcohol affects kids and families. Through the combination of my family, my friends, and my schooling, it has made it easy to stay away from alcohol or drugs.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Student Ambassador// 10th-12th grade// variable hours per week
Retreat Leader for 9th-12th grade students// 9th-12th// variable hours worked// Senior Retreat Leader
National Honor Society// 11th- 12th grade// 1-2 hours per week
Bishop's Honor Roll/ 9th-12th grade// 
Basketball// 9th-10th grade//
Baseball 9th, 11th-12th grade// Senior Team Captain (12th grade)
YMCA// Sports official, swim instructor, Make-A-Splash Team member// 15-20 hours per week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: One of the most meaningful activities I have had the privilege of being a part of is the role of student ambassador. Being a student ambassador for Bishop Dunne has allowed me to meet many people in the community and has given me a chance to be the face of Bishop Dunne. I enjoy having the opportunity to tell visitors, interested families and donors about our school and the benefits of a parochial college preparatory school.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

 

Applicant 7

Essay Option 1: It was the summer before seventh grade and I was still pulling teeth. Perched on the bathroom counter, I worked fervently on a molar, determined to relieve my toothache so that I could perform a monologue at theatre camp the following day. It was the only thing on my mind. I was so preoccupied with my tooth, in fact, that I ignored the phone ringing in the other room. After a few more rings, I impatiently picked it up to hear my frantic grandma on the other line, insisting that something was very wrong with my dad. I wandered into the bathroom to pass off the phone, only to find him slumped under the sink, just barely responsive.

My dad was a doctor. He owned a private practice where he spent a lot of time after divorcing my mom. When he returned home from work, he would bring white plastic bags that clinked as he set them down. Sometimes I caught glimpses of their contents- little glass bottles filled with clear liquids. Nothing about them struck me as unusual at first; I just assumed them to be medical stuff that all doctors had. Then, out of curiosity, I began conducting investigations. When my dad took his bottles into the bathroom, I lingered outside. If I listened closely enough, I could hear the shrill sound of a syringe sucking the liquids.

The day I found my dad under the sink was the day my curious spying lost its innocence. I passed him the phone and stood by as my grandma furiously scolded him, her maternal worries masked by an uncontrollable, frenzied rage. He surrendered instantly, but his words were slow and detached, and he stumbled on his own apology. I decided then that I need not investigate any further. The truth was right in front of me.

Fast forward six years and I'm a senior in high school. My dad has been in and out of rehabilitation programs for the past four months due to alcoholism, a condition that began to manifest after he stopped injecting. He lives in a small condo now- a refuge from his third wife, who kicked him out of the house they bought together. Six years later, I still can't fathom the transformation. It seems like just yesterday we were a functional family living a simple suburban life, my middle school self pulling teeth at the bathroom counter. Yet somehow in the blink of an eye, my dad slipped from the highest peak of the American dream to the lowest gorge of impotence. It was a strange turn of events, one that nobody saw coming. But, as I have discovered, that is the nature of addiction.

Addiction depletes status quicker than hard work could ever build it up. It wrings health and ambition out of people like water from a rag. "It's a prison," my dad once cautioned me, "an absolute hell." I would be a fool not to listen to him; sadly, there is always a lesson to be learned through the suffering of another.

I am genetically predisposed to addiction. It runs rampant on my dad's side of the family, claiming many of the men and some of the women. If I'm not careful, it could claim me too. Therefore, my decision to completely avoid drugs and alcohol has been very simple. I aspire to become a successful storyteller and filmmaker, and because of my ambitions, I will not let myself befall to the same habits that my predecessors did.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: -Film Club // Grades 10-12 // 1 hour per week // President
-Aurora Lights and Sound Festival (public art event) // Grades 11-12 // 10 hours total (11th), 40 hours total (12th) // Producer of BTWHSPVA film display
-Pegaus Film Festival // Grades 11-12 // 100 hours total (11th), 50+ hours (12th, currently) // Executive Producer, Mentor to Executive Producer
-BTWHSPVA Senior Films (8) // Grade 12 // 130 hours total // Producer (2), Director (1), DP (3)
-BTWHSPVA Theatre Cluster Productions // Grades 10-12 // 130 hours total // Actor, Stage Manager, Light Designer

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: I am most proud of my efforts in producing Pegasus Film Festival. The event was created to showcase the works of my film class, which has long been underfunded and overshadowed by the Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, and Music clusters at my school, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. When it came time to start raising money for the festival, however, our school's administration would not support us. In an attempt to prove the film class's self-sufficiency, we went rogue with our efforts and made Pegasus Film Festival an annual, public Dallas event. I took on the role of Producer and led the class in establishing, funding, and publicizing the festival in spite of the lack of support we were receiving from our school peers. In the end, we sold out an Alamo Drafthouse theater and received so many donations to the film class that we had to create a non-profit bank account. The money has since been used to fund student film productions and fuel more festival initiatives at my school. I consider Pegasus Film Festival my most meaningful activity because it gave me the chance to stand up for my art form while proving to the rest of the school that the film class was just as talented as the other arts clusters.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: Substance abuse has been around me throughout my childhood. When my friends confide in me about situations regarding addicted family members, I share my experiences and lessons. If I hear about my peers having similar problems, I make sure to reach out, even if I don't know them very well. It is important to me that friends and family members of codependent people have emotional support, because locking it all inside creates extreme stress.

 

Applicant 8

Essay Option 1: On February 6th 2016 I lost an uncle to suicide. I knew my uncle to be a heavy drinker. I never thought of the impacts alcohol had on the body. I didn’t know that it was a depressant. For years and years, I’ve counted down to twenty one, and the day I could drink. I think about it now and I see how much drugs and alcohol affect your body. 
I always thought hanging out with the cool kids and smoking weed was the best thing to do. After I lost my uncle, I could no longer stand to see anyone lose themselves to a drugs and alcohol. I thought it was over but then I lost a dear friend of mine, Grace Loncar, who I went to school with. I didn’t know the depression she was going through and how much she turned to drugs to partly solve her problem. Her father passed away with cocaine in his system five days after her funeral. 
Teenagers can access drugs and alcohol so easily. Mo matter how much programs like “drug free week” or “say no to drugs” we have, teenagers won’t stop. I believe the best way to solve this problem is by teenagers sharing their stories like Grace’s. After seeing three important people in my life die because of drugs or alcohol. I have made a vow to stay away of substance abuse. I can’t let myself turn the same path because I know I matter to people. 
I am not afraid to say that I did drugs because I have learned from my mistakes, and I know I am a better person because of it. I love my family and friends, and I can’t allow myself to fall into a hole that gets deeper with every use of drugs or alcohol. Have I struggled with depression and suicide? Yes, but I have been able to be surrounded by people who love me and would hate to see me abuse my life with a pill. 
I believe it is possible to live a life without drugs or alcohol. Especially by hearing stories of people who lost their life because of substance abuse. There is a way out of the hole, especially when you have hope.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Theatre/ 4th grade-12th/ 40// Actor, Technician, costume constructor, set builder, stage management, Props master, and Technical Director

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Theatre means the world to me. Since 4th grade I have been working all the time on it. I want to become a teacher and hope to one day create a children's theater in Oak Cliff.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: My sophomore and junior year I struggled with marijuana. It was something I went to because I thought it was cool. After losing my uncle, I have completely steered away from all drugs and alcohol, because of the fear that I may hurt myself.

 

Applicant 9

Essay Option 1: As a typical high school student, I have many friends who drink alcohol and do drugs. Personally, I made the commitment years ago to never take drugs or alcohol in my lifetime, and I have kept that promise. Although my friends try to include me whenever they make plans to drink (they feel it’s nice to invite me), I know they are aware of my standards about NOT abusing substances. I am proud to be known in my circle of friends as someone who does not use drugs or alcohol. I never want to alter my mindset by drinking or smoking something that is harmful to my health or that could alter the course of my life. I have tried to be a positive, yet non-judgmental role model, as well as a good example to all of my friends in how I handle situations surrounding drug and alcohol use. I’m sure there are some who make fun of me behind my back for my decision, but I feel that for the most part, my friends respect and admire me for sticking to my decision to avoid drugs and alcohol. 

There are many negative physical side effects, as well as serious health issues that stem from abusing drugs/alcohol, and I have heard about many of these occurring in my friends who do so. In high doses, alcohol can cause vomiting, altered emotions, slurred speech, uncontrolled urination, sleepiness, passing out, poor vision, the inability to make good, safe choices, and addiction. I have frequently overheard the “day after” party stories, and usually those who participated think the stories are funny rather than concerning. There always seems to be one friend who takes things too far--putting herself in danger and damaging her health by drinking too much. She starts to get agitated about everything, begins mumbling useless phrases, frequently passes out, and even ends up peeing herself. There have been many instances when the same friend has also smoked drugs and invited others to join her. I’ve seen how the drug use has made her unable to perform complex tasks, to do well in school, and even to be normally active in her life. Some other consequences of substance abuse that some friends have dealt with are: getting suspended or expelled from extracurricular activities, having to attend ISS, losing their phone privileges/being grounded by parents, and sometimes even getting arrested. 

As I’ve been told about these friends’ experiences, it has made me even further realize the MANY benefits there are to staying away from alcohol and drugs. I never have to worry about being hungover or too tired to get up the next morning. I never have to be concerned about what I would say or how I would act in an uncontrolled environment. I never have to worry about my own physical safety or my health, and I am able to focus on what’s really important in my life like school, family, church, work, etc. Because of my choices, my mind is sharp, my body is clean, my conscience is clear, and I never have to worry about the embarrassing, dangerous, or life-altering consequences, including addiction, that drugs and alcohol can bring. 

I strongly agree with the standards and the beliefs represented by the CARE organization. I love how CARE brings parts of the community together (like schools, businesses, and private groups) to support one cause--helping and educating families and individuals who are in danger or who need support and assistance due to their (or a family member’s) involvement in drug/alcohol abuse. I plan to continue to honor my commitment to myself to remain drug/alcohol-free and to always encourage my friends to do the same, but I am happy to know about the CARE organization in case a friend of mine is ever in need of help or information about substance use and abuse.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: --Pacesetters Drill Team (2nd semester 9th grade/full years of 10th-12th grades) -- 10-15 hours/week during school year, including practices & game-day performances; 50+ hours during summer camps; and, 30+ hours each April in preparation for Revue show. Awarded special membership in the Express High-Kick Team, Team Jazz, and Team Pom; received "Pacesetter of the Week" award in Sept. 2016.
--National Honor Society (10th-12th grades) -- completed 30+ hours of individual volunteer service hours and participated in 5 group volunteer projects. Some of my volunteer service hours included: Salvation Army; JJP Mum Shop; RISD Used Book Fair; RISD Color Run; Cleaning church building; Serving elderly people in community; Helping at Bowie Elem carnival; and, assisting with the installation of a Sensory Garden at a home for Alzheimer's patients.
--Early morning "Seminary" -- (9th-12th grades) -- each morning on Mondays-Fridays, from 6:00-6:45 a.m., I attended a scripture study class at my church with approximately 30 other members of my youth group. This was approximately 4 hours total each weekday morning during the school year (if school was out, there was no seminary). **I served as co-President of this organization my Senior year.
--Pearce Choir (9th-12th grades) -- 5 hours/week. Member of JV Varsity Choir (9th); Bella Voce Choir (10th); and, Acappella Choir (11th & 12th).
--Regional Youth Committee (11th-12th grades) -- I received a special request from my church's leadership to serve as a Richardson representative on my church's regional youth committee (approx. 14 Jrs/Srs are on this committee from this area), taking part in planning, preparing, and implementing all regional youth activities in the North Dallas area.

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity in high school was being on the Pacesetter Drill Team at Pearce. Though many people see drill team simply as a "dance team," it is so much more than that. Pacesetters has taught me so many great values and life lessons, including the importance of always: being punctual (even at daily 7:25am rehearsals); showing diligence and perseverance; taking responsibility for my actions; being teachable and tolerant; working together as a team; and, displaying respect to my teammates, to my directors, and to anyone with whom I came in contact. Also, I made most of my good friends from the Pacesetter group of girls, and they feel like family to me. As Pacesetters, we were always expected to be positive, polished, and respectable examples to our community and to our peers. These values were instilled in me on a day-to-day basis in Pacesetters, and I will remember and adhere to them for the rest of my life.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: Though perhaps I've not always been "officially" designated or called as a leader in some respects, I do believe that I am viewed as a leader by those in my peer group because of my "no drugs or alcohol" stance and the fact that I have upheld this commitment my entire life. If you are viewing a leader as someone who encourages others, supports others, sets an example for others, and one who sticks to their convictions, then YES...I would consider myself a leader among my peers regarding drug/alcohol issues. More details regarding this topic are included in my above essay.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 10

Essay Option 1: Over the past eight years, I have run track competitively on the high school level and national level. At what point I did have to stop due to a knee injury that occurred, where I ruptured my patella tendon, and missed two years from 8th grade to the middle of 10th grade. Coming back from the knee injury and getting back to the speed that I wanted to reach, since I am a sprinter, was very hard and challenging for me, especially because I wanted to go right back to my normal performance level that I had in previous years. To help me get back into shape and running normally, I sought out the help of a good friend, Christian Cuellar. Although Christian was mainly a jumper, I knew he could help me get back to the point I used to be at because of his struggles and pains with knee injuries as a jumper. Working with Christian got me back on track very quickly, and I saw much improvement after one year. However, one day Christian was caught abusing drugs in school and subject to a 3-day suspension and a warning. After this incident, I did not train with Christian as much because of how he abused drugs to try and help his body recover faster and get stronger. Ultimately, Christian was caught abusing drugs again and forced to be expelled from our high school. Christian has a very good work ethic, and is one of the best high jumpers in the country, ranking in the top-10 nationally. I myself, like everyone else, wanted to see Christian obtain many big things, breaking school, state, and national records, but his problem with drugs held him back as our high school careers continued. Because of these choices Christian made, it caused a damper on his success. It reminded me again to stay away from drugs and alcohol because they can cause a lot of damage to my body. Although PEDs are a famous thing right now in today’s world, especially because it helps improve the strength of athletes, with the right nurture and care, our bodies can complete the same functions without the use of drugs. With coming back from a knee injury and trying to run fast, I could easily have taken the same route as Christian and used drugs to help me get back to performing on a high level, but it’s not worth it. I still do speak to Christian today, even though it’s not that much because I don’t like to surround myself around those types of people. He does speak of how he regrets the decisions he made, and how he originally started using them just to help his body recover faster from a minor injury, but it lead to something bigger that caused him to have an addiction. The use of drugs and alcohol causes too many problems for people in my opinion as it can stress you out and cause you to have an addiction to it as well. Seeing how much Christian has lost, including chances at college scholarships because of his drug abuse, has allowed me to stay away from the use of toxic substances because they only cause a detriment to the goals that I have for myself in the long run.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Track and Field // Grades 9-12 // 10 hours per week // Captain
Fellowship Christian Athletes // Grades 7-12 // 1 hour per week // Class Officer
Student Ambassador // Grades 8-12 // 2 hours per week // Head Ambassador
TAPPS Academic // Grades 10-12 // 5 hours per week // Math competitor
National Honor Society // Grades 11-12// 2 hours per week // Vice-President
Sounds of Bishop Dunne Choir // Grades 11-12 // 3 hours // Member
Future Business Leaders of America // Grade 12 // 1 hour // Member
Student Council // Grade 11 // 2 hours per week // Vice-President

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity would probably being a Student Ambassador for the school the past 5 years from 8th grade to 12th grade. Over the years, the leadership position has allowed me to enhance my speech skills, and not be afraid to communicate with other people, particularly professionals who are involved with business. Because of this position, I am now comfortable with speaking to large crowds in public, and have increased my knowledge on table manners at a fancy dinner. Although these improvements seem small, they go a long way in the long run because it shows people that you care and have respect for them and your surroundings.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: Because of a friend's struggle with substance abuse, I have organized discussions in our school's club, Fellowship Christian Athletes. In the discussions, we have talked about how our body is a temple and that God has provided everything that we need in the fruits of the earth to allow our bodies to recover and stay healthy. I have also organized a week of "Say No 2 Drugs" with a theme and dress down for every day of the week on a specific week in February. The proceeds from the campaign go towards helping others with a drug addiction, by helping them seek counseling.

 

Applicant 11

Essay Option 1: You hear from teachers, counselors, school administrators and even parents that drugs and alcohol are bad and you should say “No”. We even see these same messages on TV and such. At times it just seems like words. As a high school student, there is so much pressure and drugs and alcohol are readily available and it can be easy to just say what harm can come from just trying them out maybe in order to fit in with a particular group and not feel like an outsider. For me the decision to always say “No” maybe seems a little easier than most at least the way I see it and here my story. I have three brothers with two that are older and one who is younger. I am sort of the middle child. My older brother closest to my age got caught up with drugs during high school and I had a front line view as an elementary and junior high student what drugs can do to a person, their life and the impact it has to our family. He continues to battle that choice to use drugs and has been in and out of treatment and some trouble over the last several years or so. He did finish high school and started in college but has not been able to finish and thus his job and career opportunities have been limited. His battle continues and I think based on his choices in high school and after words it might be a lifetime battle. He tells me he wished he has made different choices and he now realizes that using drugs was a life altering decision. He is still only in his 20’s so he is working to change his life around and I love him, support him and wish him all the best. It has been really hard on my parents what my brother has gone through and they are now unfortunately parents with teen drug and alcohol use life experience. It has made them more aware as it relates to me and my little brother. Sometimes I think they are too strict or want to know too much or keep tabs on me a lot but then I realize that they love me so much and want to help me with the right decisions and choices. Experiencing my brother’s struggles in a weird way has provided me some wisdom and insight to take a different path. First, I continue to say “No” to drugs and alcohol use. Secondly, visiting colleges and talking to people has really inspired me to believe that college is the best path. I am finding out that college is expensive but my parents tell me to focus on my studies first and foremost. I believe that helping my brother through his drug addiction struggles has also been very costly for my parents. I am also inspired by a positive influence to my story and that is my oldest brother made good choices, graduated from college and has a really fun career and gets to do so many things and is completely independent. He is a great role model. I have seen two different life choices in my two older brothers and fully understand the path I must take if I am to realize my dreams and potential. I hope you will find me worthy of representing your organization as a positive role model and a recipient of one of your CARE scholarships. I plan to study Art and become a 3D animator and game designer someday. I will also seek the opportunities and the responsibility to pay it forward and help others. Thank you very much for listening to my story and consideration for the CARE scholarship.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Golf team, 9th, 10th, and 12th - 15 hrs a week - JV and Varsity team member
Orchestra 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th - 10 hrs a week - play viola, have been section leader
Office aid , 11th grade, 5 hrs a week
Attending Young Life functions after school during mostly sporting events, all grades, average 2 hrs a week
Summer Life Guard 10th and 11th grades, required me to become certified, full time 40 hrs a week during the summer only

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Orchestra has been the big influence on me in terms of wanting to pursue a degree in Art and work in an art related field. My orchestra teachers have been the best and most supportive and I owe them a great deal of gratitude for bringing forward my creative side.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

 

Applicant 12

Essay Option 1: During my childhood, my parents always made an effort not to expose too much to me at a young age. They did not want me to have to mature too soon and wanted me to enjoy my youth, as all parents wish for their children. As much as they wanted this, I was a bright kid, and I noticed when things weren't as they should be. This ability allowed me to figure out at a reasonably young age (around nine years old) that it did not make sense as to why one of my older brothers was never around. Anytime I seemed to ask my parents about him I would get the same response that he was too busy or lived too far and none of it appeared to add up. I had recognized that he would always write my father letters and I was curious, why didn't I receive any? I finally approached my father with that exact question one day and, since he has always been honest with me, he decided to go ahead and inform me on why my brother was not around. He explained that my brother, Eric, has been struggling with drug addiction since a moderately young age and has been in prison for the past decade or so because of it. After hearing this, it finally all made sense why I had no memory of my brother and why they wanted to keep this from me. Although it was disappointing to hear, I felt as though I was old enough to be able to endure what they had told me. Instead of using this event in my life as something to bring me down or make me feel outcasted from my peers, I use it to help and inspire others. Most students at my private Catholic school have not endured something such as this in their entire life, much less at nine years old. I feel considerably privileged that I was able to go through this, as it has made me a more mature and stronger individual who is capable of realizing that the path my brother is enduring is not one that I want for myself. I use my brother as an example to others that you cannot always control the path the drug takes you on if you decide to try it. Some may feel that they can try the drug and not become addicted, but others, like my brother, are not so lucky and have to deal with this persistent mental battle for most of their lives. Having a brother who must deal with this on a day-to-day basis has allowed me to understand that because of one mistake he made in his life, he has now eliminated all of his possibilities of having a family, having a good job, and living a life he wants to pursue. In a way, my brother has scared me away from doing drugs, and I now know that if I were in a situation presented with substances, I would easily be able to say no. My goal in life is to help those who are dealing with drug addictions or thinking about trying drugs to do something more positive with life instead. In other words, I want to help those struggling find a new way to get "high" in life that doesn't come with the cost of addiction or jail time. Something that motivates people to do what they love, or something that makes you just overall happy. Everyone in this life deserves love, and maybe that is part of the reason why my brother fell into this trap. If I can inspire others through love, creativity, and happiness to steer their life in a different direction because I believe they have the ability to do so, I know we can make a huge difference and impact this world to change for the better.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Cheerleading // Grade 9 // 7 Hours Per Week // Cheerleader
Young Life // Grades 9-10 // 1 Hour Per Week // Member
Mass/Eucharist // Grades 10-12 // 1 Hour Per Month // Participant
Spanish Club // Grade 10 // 2 Hours Per Week // Participant
Our Chance to Dance (Community Service) // Grade 11 // 5 Total Hours // Volunteer
Story Book Ranch (Community Service) // Grade 11 // 18 hours total // Volunteer

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity was most certainly all of the community service I participated in while attending Bishop Lynch High School. The activities listed above, along with several others community service activities, have helped inspire me to bring out the best in people and show them that with determination, anything can be accomplished in their life.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: I encourage my peers and fellow friends around me to always consciously make the right decisions when it comes to substances. I do not agree with the use of substances, as I have seen several situations involving them that have gone wrong and would like to prevent those bad instances from happening again.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: I had a glass of wine this year a few months after turning 18 at dinner with my parent on NYE.

 

Applicant 13

Essay Option 1:

Essay Option 2: I come from a long line of rednecks, hillbillies, and all types of substance abusers, whose idea of a good time was getting as drunk as Cooter Brown and making a fool of themselves. My father is a recovered alcoholic and smoker, his father and brother still start drinking around ten in the morning and both chew tobacco. My mother has recovered form an addiction to weight loss pills,her mother is addicted to prescription pain killers and is an alcoholic, one of my uncles is in line for a liver transplant because he drinks so much that his liver is all but obliterated, and two of my other uncles were alcoholics, but they are now recovered. Even my generation is starting to get hooked. The son and daughter of the uncle who needs the liver transplant started drinking at 12 and already have a minor addiction. So to say the least, drug abuse runs rampant in my family. I have known from a young age that if I ever start to use a drug, I would get hooked for a long time and possible ruin my life. For that very reason, I have had to avoid people I had grown close to when I was younger to keep myself away from drugs that I do not want to get hooked on. I only really see my cousins at family gatherings (even though they live just down the street), I do not hang out with any of the members of my football team outside of school because I know that drug use runs rampant among them too, I have not even attended a single high school party because I have tried my absolute hardest to avoid drugs at all costs because I know that I am very likely to get hooked.

Meaningful Activities: Football Team//Grades 9-12//20 hours per week//Team Captain
Service Club//Grades 9-10//5 hours per week//President
Respect for Life Club// Grades 9-10// 2 hours per week
Volunteering at Notre Dame School of Dallas//Grade 12//4 hours per week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My time running the service Club was fun and meaningful, but I did not have much support within my school, so it quickly fizzled out. However, I have had tremendous support working with the Notre Dame School, so that must be, by far, my most meaningful activity. Every week I volunteer as a classroom aid at the Notre Dame School, which is a school specifically for children (and adults) with special needs. I have found a very strong connection to these children, and find myself spending lots of time on the weekends at their sporting events and even putting on charity sporting events for them. I feel a deep sense of love whenever I am around these children, and life seems to make sense when I am helping them.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 14

Essay Option 1: Drugs and alcohol have tremendously affected people around the world, even the people that were not involved in it. I have had many experiences where I was aware of or experienced a situation related to drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol have negatively impacted my family and friends. A few of my relatives in Vietnam are addicted to smoking and alcohol. Individual families are struggling due to drug and alcohol addictions. My family in the United States sends them money to help out with their situation. Another thing that has affected my family is second-hand smoking. My grandpa got lung cancer back in 2013. My family was confused because he never smoked in his life. We soon figured out that it was the second-hand smoke from the people smoking at his work. Although this was devastating, it taught me to try and convince smokers to quit their habit. Smoking could also affect me because I have asthma; I am not supposed to be in contact with cigarettes. Another drug related problem affected someone I knew. He quickly became addicted to cocaine and weed and had to go to rehab. The news concerned me because this was a dangerous situation that got out control when he decided first to try drugs. I am more cautious with my friends as this could happen if they become curious one day to try drugs or alcohol. Some people are not aware of the drug/alcohol addiction in their genes. Drugs and alcohol could highly affect their lives in a negative way. On New Year’s, there was this huge party my family was invited to; they could not attend since they had another event to attend. Luckily, they did not go because my friend was there and everyone was highly intoxicated. Everyone was throwing up due to the high alcohol intake. As she was face timing me, I was disgusted by how much everyone was throwing up. I would not want to be in that position. I have seen how drug and alcohol addiction has broken families and I would not want anyone to be negatively impacted by this addiction. It is sad to see something so small to affect someone in such a big way. I remember starting out as a freshman in high school how it was easy to make friends but hard to find ones with the same morals. High school changes people for better or worse. Peer pressure is a problem in high school especially when people strive to be popular. Is it worth it risking your life to be popular? Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious problem, and people don’t take it seriously. Drugs and alcohol can ruin lives. People that do drugs and drink alcohol do so to forget their problems or they just simply enjoy it. They should find another alternative that does not affect their health as much. If not, they should consider going to a counselor or therapy. All of these experiences have impacted my decision about substance use in many ways. First of all, I would never want to try drugs or alcohol due to these outcomes. I strive to make good decisions so it could positively form my future. My future does not involve drugs or alcohol in it. Second, these addictions make me want to help people that have been affected by it. It is truly sad to see these addictions tear a family apart. Finally, I want to help educate people about drug and alcohol addictions. I want to make drug-free awareness more known. I remember during the drug-free week the school would pass out red ribbons to wear. There would also be a speaker to talk about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Kids should be aware of this problem so they can avoid it at all costs. These experiences have taught me not to do drugs or drink alcohol.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Athletic Training // Grades 9-10 // 12 hours per week // Member
Drill Team // Grades 11-12 // 10 hours per week // Social Officer
Student Council // Grades 12 // 3 hours per week // Member
Office Aid // Grades 10 & 12 // 3 hours per week // Member
Eucharistic Minister // Grade 12 // 6 hours per week // Member
Senior Retreat Committee // Grade 12 // 20 hours per week // Small group leader
Multicultural Club // Grade 12 // 1 hour per week // Asian Heritage Head Coordinator
Best Buddies Club // Grade 12 // 1 hour per week // Member
National English Honor Society // Grade 12 // 1 hour per week // Member
National Society of High School Scholars // Grade 12 // 1 hour per week // Member

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Best buddies Club is my most meaningful activity because I like to interact with the kids with disabilities at all the events I attend.


Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 15

Essay Option 1: During my junior prom in high school I had my first experience with alcohol. I have always been told by my mom, dad, and family to stay away from drinking and drugs. I know drugs and drinking are bad but had a moment of peer pressure. After prom several of my friends went to a after party at a ranch. A lot of the students from my school were there and were having fun, and most drinking alcohol. When someone passed me a cup, which to this day I don’t even know what type of drink it was, I was nervous but I drank it. I drank it but my friends were all drinking. I drank it because I didn’t want to seem like the only person who didn’t want to have fun, and I drank it because it because it all happened so fast. In the back of my mind I knew my mom would be mad if she knew what I was doing. I had already turned off my “find iphone” mode so my mom wouldn’t know where I was. The drink wasn’t even that good but I drank it because of the peer pressure. Long story short, my mom found out about the party and how late I came home. I confessed to my mom about the drinking. She said she was mostly disappointed in me because she thought she had told me the dangers of drinking. It hurt me that my mom was disappointed. She asked me what I would do different when that situation would come up again. I wasn’t’ really sure what to do different but my mom helped me come up with cop outs for my friends like telling them my stomach was upset or I have a huge headache. Also that I will be the designated driver. I know going in to college I will have more experiences like these and I want to prove to my mom that I can make smart decisions.

My dad was in prison for several years for selling drugs. I definitely do not want to head down the wrong path. Both of my parents, even though they are not together have always been there for me and have helped me to make smart decisions in the future about drugs and alcohol.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: High School Activities

Art for Change club –Member -elected VP
Collaborated to organize and raise money for various organizations

Cupcake Club- Member
Collaborated to raise money for nonprofit organizations

Community Volunteer Activities

SPX Oktoberfest Volunteer Supervised children's games during fundraiser fest
OCT 2013

Toy Sort Volunteer Sorting toys to be donated during the Christmas holiday
DEC 2013

Pro-Life Rally Volunteer Donated funds and rallied for Pro-Life movement
JAN 2015

Waterford at Mesquite Volunteer Numerous assignments assisting elderly directly and indirectly
2013-2016

Mission trip –Costa Rica 2017 for one week

Awards/Membership

The National Society of High School Scholars -Awarded membership due to academic standing

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: The mission trip that I just finished was the most meaningful activity. I went for a week to Costa Rica with some students and counselors from my school. We were able to help out with painting buildings, help out with big missionary families, but the best time was spending with other teenagers and small kids who lived there. We were able to share stories, share the gospel, and give support to some of the kids who do not have much support. This was my favorite volunteer activity thus far.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: See essay question please

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 16

Essay Option 1: I do not do drugs or alcohol. A lot of this is out of simple common sense. I don’t like the taste of beer, whisky, or vodka so I don’t drink anything, I don’t like the smell of cigarettes so I don’t smoke anything, and I still get antsy when I have to get a shot so of course I don’t choose to inject anything. But there have been several times in my life where I’ve seen firsthand some great people really piss away their lives with drugs and alcohol. The first that comes to mind is my elementary school buddy Nico. Ever since the first day of kindergarten, me and Nico were best friends. I still remember when I first met him. He placed his backpack strap on his forehead and said “Dude! Do you like my new hair?!!” At the time that was the funniest thing I had ever seen. Thousands of hours of hilarious recess chats and video game fueled slumber parties later, we are in middle school. This is where all of that changed. Throughout seventh grade Nico was largely the same, but not in eighth. It seemed like just overnight he was selling his adderall and smoking weed. I started to see him less and less. One year he was still a fresh and free spirit, and the next he was a brain dead junkie. Every time I see him now he has a dazed look in his eyes and a “I Feel Like Pablo” t-shirt. And that’s not the end of it. I’ve also been around to see alcohol change my own family members. I’m absolutely sure that alcoholism runs in my dad’s side of the family. I’ve seen it happen to my grandfather Poppy, I’ve seen it happen to my dad and Uncle Jay, and I will mostly likely see it happen to one of my siblings. I remember when Poppy would find purpose in life by fixing and building things, and now he doesn’t do anything but sip on Keystone Lite. I remember thinking my dad was a smart and caring person, but now I see how that’s only half true. Whenever he drinks he morphs into an obscenity spewing and hate fueled bully. There is good reason why my parents got divorced. And my Uncle Jay, who is by all means a great guy, got his heart broken by a bad relationship and wasted ten years feeling sorry for himself. He became lazy, pathetic, and sure enough, a drunk. In addition to losing my best friend to drugs, I’ve been around to see at least three men fall into alcoholism. I promise not to fall into the same traps. Now I don’t even think about doing anything like this, and I tend to look down on the activities in general. What’s so fun about wasting your life? I may never know.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: RCT Theatre. About four hours a week, and ten weeks during the year. Grades 9-12.

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: It was a great place to do something fun and meet fantastic people.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 17

Essay Option 1: Drugs and alcohol have tremendously affected people around the world, even the people that were not involved in it. I have had many experiences where I was aware of or experienced a situation related to drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol have negatively impacted my family and friends. A few of my relatives in Vietnam are addicted to smoking and alcohol. Individual families are struggling due to drug and alcohol addictions. My family in the United States sends them money to help out with their situation. Another thing that has affected my family is second-hand smoking. My grandpa got lung cancer back in 2013. My family was confused because he never smoked in his life. We soon figured out that it was the second-hand smoke from the people smoking at his work. Although this was devastating, it taught me to try and convince smokers to quit their habit. Smoking could also affect me because I have asthma; I am not supposed to be in contact with cigarettes. Another drug related problem affected someone I knew. He quickly became addicted to cocaine and weed and had to go to rehab. The news concerned me because this was a dangerous situation that got out control when he decided first to try drugs. I am more cautious with my friends as this could happen if they become curious one day to try drugs or alcohol. Some people are not aware of the drug/alcohol addiction in their genes. Drugs and alcohol could highly affect their lives in a negative way. On New Year’s, there was this huge party my family was invited to; they could not attend since they had another event to attend. Luckily, they did not go because my friend was there and everyone was highly intoxicated. Everyone was throwing up due to the high alcohol intake. As she was face timing me, I was disgusted by how much everyone was throwing up. I would not want to be in that position. I have seen how drug and alcohol addiction has broken families and I would not want anyone to be negatively impacted by this addiction. It is sad to see something so small to affect someone in such a big way. I remember starting out as a freshman in high school how it was easy to make friends but hard to find ones with the same morals. High school changes people for better or worse. Peer pressure is a problem in high school especially when people strive to be popular. Is it worth it risking your life to be popular? Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious problem, and people don’t take it seriously. Drugs and alcohol can ruin lives. People that do drugs and drink alcohol do so to forget their problems or they just simply enjoy it. They should find another alternative that does not affect their health as much. If not, they should consider going to a counselor or therapy. All of these experiences have impacted my decision about substance use in many ways. First of all, I would never want to try drugs or alcohol due to these outcomes. I strive to make good decisions so it could positively form my future. My future does not involve drugs or alcohol in it. Second, these addictions make me want to help people that have been affected by it. It is truly sad to see these addictions tear a family apart. Finally, I want to help educate people about drug and alcohol addictions. I want to make drug-free awareness more known. I remember during the drug-free week the school would pass out red ribbons to wear. There would also be a speaker to talk about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Kids should be aware of this problem so they can avoid it at all costs. These experiences have taught me not to do drugs or drink alcohol.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Athletic Training // Grades 9-10 // 12 hours per week // Member
Drill Team // Grades 11-12 // 10 hours per week // Social Officer
Student Council // Grades 12 // 3 hours per week // Member
Office Aid // Grades 10 & 12 // 3 hours per week // Member
Eucharistic Minister // Grade 12 // 6 hours per week // Member
Senior Retreat Committee // Grade 12 // 20 hours per week // Small group leader
Multicultural Club // Grade 12 // 1 hour per week // Asian Heritage Head Coordinator
Best Buddies Club // Grade 12 // 1 hour per week // Member
National English Honor Society // Grade 12 // 1 hour per week // Member
National Society of High School Scholars // Grade 12 // 1 hour per week // Member

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Best buddies Club is my most meaningful activity because I like to interact with the kids with disabilities at all the events I attend.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 18

Essay Option 1: From a young age, my parents were honest with me and my sister about their past. They had made mistakes and gone down the wrong path but felt that sharing those stories with us would make us aware of the danger of substance abuse. They had both struggled with addiction, and while they made it through, they never wanted us to have to go through it at all. 
However, by the time my older sister was thirteen she had already started to experiment with drugs. She quickly became part of the “party” crowd, and while she started out smoking weed, one thing lead to another, which lead to prescription drugs and then eventually, heroin. 

Over the next five years, I watched as she destroyed everything around her. She ripped through people like a tornado, with no regard for the wreckage she left behind, but I saw it all. How she fell so far behind in school that she stopped trying to keep up. How our parents, family, and friends no longer could trust her because she stole from them for drug money. The more she got wrapped up in this spiral the worse she got; even after several stays in a rehabilitation center, it seemed that nothing could get through to her. 
Still, I watched, as she plummeted through life seemingly without a care for any other person, selfishly doing what she pleased by any means necessary. When she finally graduated high school my family tried relentlessly to keep her on track, help her get a job, go to school, anything that could turn her life around. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, she simply couldn’t be helped because she didn’t want the help. So I watched as my parents finally had to ask her to move out because her lifestyle was not conducive to a healthy life for anyone around her. She bounced around friends’ couches until she finally ran through her options and spent some time living on the streets of Chicago. 

Older siblings are supposed to set an example, and many young girls look up to their sisters, just as I once did. But after so many years of watching, I am able to say with certainty that my sister is not someone to look up to; yet, she has set an imperative example. Not only did I see the affects her drug use had on her life, health, and mental state, but I have seen the detrimental effects that drug use has on everyone around her. She lost the trust of all of our family members, ruined relationships with close friends, and became a precursor for people’s expectations for myself.

Despite the history of my family, I chose to take a different path. Never in my life could I imagine being so selfish and senseless as to repeat my sister’s actions. At thirteen years old I do not think my sister quite grasped what she was getting herself into, and while hindsight is twenty-twenty, it is better to learn by example than trial. I want to believe that anyone who watched what I watched would veer away from that life as well, but I also know that not everyone does. I know that drug use is a serious problem and addiction is not easily treated, and because of this, I know the best choice is to abstain from it completely. Though I love my sister and will always wish her the best, I can earnestly say, I strive to be nothing like her.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Cheerleading/ 9th-11th/ 10-16 hours a week
Volunteer: Challenge Air/ 12th
Bradfield Place/ 12th
Head Start- Greater Dallas/ 12th
Illinois Allstars Tumbling Class/ 10th-11th
Parenthesis/ 9th
Work: Teacher's Assistant at The Giving Tree Daycare/ 10th-11th
Hostess at Yiayias Diner/ 11th

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity was cheerleading.In high school cheer I had the responsibility of leading us through all of our hard practices and at all of the football and basketball games. I loved having the opportunity to support and promote my school and be such an involved part of our community. We also volunteered at local community events and held several fundraisers. I also cheered for two years with a competitive all-star team. We trained very diligently and were in the gym at least 12 hours a week to achieve all that we could. We competed around the country against other highly competitive teams and received many prestigious awards, including first place at NCA Nationals 2015. I also developed close friendships with my teammates, and many of my coaches became important role models to me.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 19

Essay Option 1: High school parties: where the decisions of your life and others begin. One of those decisions is based around alcohol. Alcohol is having temporary fun with permanent and serious life-changing consequences. Alcohol is inevitable at high school parties, and one will come across it during those four years. It is a choice that you have to make that can affect your life. Sometimes it is not as easy to make a decision especially when everybody is staring at you. You think you have to since everybody is doing it and are trying to make the decision for you, this is known as peer pressure. Turning down alcohol is just a simple two-letter word- NO. The only thing that stands between you and the word, No, is how brave you think you are. 
My first experience with alcohol and drugs is when I went to my first high school party. I thought it was the best experience that could ever happen to a little freshman. Everyone was having a good time talking and socializing and everyone had those famous red solo cups. I thought to myself- I am going to have to make a choice of getting intoxicated or staying sober. When it comes to making this decision, many thoughts come into my head. I kept explaining to myself that it is just a drink and nothing bad would happen if I took just one cup. I kept repeating to myself that I would be fine and just to take the cup in hopes of people not thinking I was a "wimp" For the first two hours no one had offered me a drink, so I was in the clear and did not have to make the decision too quickly. While some friends and I were talking, my moment that I made scenarios about finally came to reality. A senior had offered my friends and I some drinks, we all just looked at each other. A million thoughts flooded my mind, and then I just said, "No, I'm good. Thank you, though." The senior just smiled and walked away. Just like that, all the worrying left my body. All it took was a simple, No, and that was that. This story is not some extremely horrific tragedy that took more than a simple word to make me not drink or do drugs. That simple word changed my life because of all the consequences that come with drinking. If I had taken a drink or more, I probably could have put my life and someone else's life in danger. I made myself proud and strayed away from situations like that till the present day. Drinking and doing drugs does not make you cool nor does it make you more popular. It sets you up for failure that can affect your present and at our age; we are not ready to make those decisions. We need to have fun and enjoy life. We have plenty of time to make those decisions when we become of age. You are braver than you think; it is just a simple two-letter word.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Senior Retreat Leader // 12 // Leader
Eucharistic Minister // 12 // Minister/ Altar server
Golf Team // 10 // Golf player
Spanish National Honor Society // 11-12// Member
Best Buddies // 9-10 // Member
Volleyball Team // 9 // Manager
Multiculural Club // 9 // Member

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Being a Eucharistic Minister has deepened my faith and has brought me closer to God. I get to give people the gift of Jesus and it makes you feel apart of something bigger than what you are put on earth to do.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: I was the first one to say "No" when my group was offered alcohol.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 20

Essay Option 1: I have always been told to not do drugs by my parents and even adult that waves his fingers at me saying” don’t do drugs” and have seen horrifying videos from my summer health class in the past, but those are menial expressions in comparison to how frightening it is to see the effect drugs can have on a person with my own eyes, particularly people close to me. I met my best friend a year ago, during my junior year (I am a senior now). It broke my heart to recently learn that my friend had been doing drugs and smoking to “cope” with her family issues and because she struggles to love herself. I was completely unaware of these problems because we were always laughing and happy when we hung out together, it never crossed my mind that my friend was going to through all these problems. I was so shocked when I found out that I went home and cried for long time. I was really worried about my friend. Sometimes, my friend would call me when she was high, and I was so scared and uncomfortable because I was afraid she would hurt herself. However, my parents have banned me from going to my friend’s house and don’t want me to hang out with my friend anymore because it will affect me and my college endeavors if I am not careful. It has made me a little unsure of our relationship because my friend is acting differently lately and has been influenced by the company she hangs out with is not safe or ideal. I’ve asked my friend many times to stop using the substances, because she is only hurting herself but she never listens to me. This experience has strengthened my own resolve to never do drugs or use abusive substances and made my courage stronger to help people like my friend. Drugs are destructive and can harm more than just the person taking them, it affects everyone, particularly the person’s closest family and friends. It can degenerate relationships and a person’s true self and puts them done a bad, dangerous path.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Basketball / Grade 9/ 10 hrs. per wk/ Post
Volleyball/ Grade 9-10/ 10 hrs. per wk/ OH
Rachel’s Challenge/ Grade 10/ 5 hrs. per wk/ Participant
Forever Pink/ Grades 10-12/ 1 hrs. per wk/ Secretary
Best Buddies/ Grades 11-12/ 3 hrs. per wk/Member
Prolife Club / Grades 10-12/ Vice President
Flicker /Grade 12/ Vice President
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)/ Grade 11-12/ 1 hr. per week/ Member
Rho Kappa Honors Society / Grade 11-12
Student Council / Grade 12

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity would be the SADD Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions. The clubs purpose is to educate students about the repercussions of doing drugs and persuade them not only to not do drugs or harmful substances and raise awareness of the effects of drugs, but also not do any other destructive activities or be in abusive relationships. I really wanted to get into a leadership position because I was involved the year before my senior year but an underclassmen beat me to it somehow. However, I am happy to be where I am now. I am an active participant who makes posters for events and awareness and helps the president with events and we plan to do a joint event between one of the clubs and manage and the SADD club. My favorite event the SADD club does is Dead for Day week, which helps raise awareness of the effects drugs can have on people, particularly the student population. During Dead for a day week, students put on sheets of paper with strings around their neck and attend class like a normal school day, however, they cannot talk(except to teachers if need be). On each of the sheets around their neck a case of death is stated, for example, overdose, drunk driving, alcohol, etc. It presents a simulation that those with papers hung around their neck would be lives that would not be there due to drugs and alcohol. It is a bit morbid sounding, but it is reality unfortunately, people really die from these causes and at an increasingly alarming rate. I am in the SADD club because I want to take a stand and help students and others veer away from destructive decisions and live a drug-free happy life.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 21

Essay Option 1: I didn’t realize that drugs would have a negative and deeply personal effect in my life until I was twelve years old. My aunt, who is three years older than me, was my confidant, protector, and the older sister I never had. She was fourteen years old when she was first introduced to drugs at school. It may have been earlier than that but I can only remember when I first realized she was using them. As she began using drugs and drinking alcohol more frequently, she began to skip school regularly and eventually had missed school so much that she had to drop out. I remember one night in particular when my mother and grandfather stayed out until three o’clock in the morning looking for her because the people she was living with at the time had called and said she had not gone home for several days. I was really scared they would not be able to find her that night. They eventually did find her. My mom has never wanted to share with me where they found her and in what condition, but after that night, my mother has made it a point to remind me of the negative effects of drug and alcohol abuse and of how much I can lose if I ever make the mistake of experimenting. During the last three years until the present, my aunt has turned her life around. She has tried several times to get back in school and I continually hope and pray that she can make finishing school a reality. She also has now held a steady job for the last year. She and I go to dinner frequently and talk about our lives and the positive ways in which we can hold each other accountable and stay on track with accomplishing our dreams of success. 

At school, there are several friends who smoke marijuana and seem to be able to stay on track and manage to keep their grades up. They make it seem as if doing marijuana eases the stress of being a senior in high school and all of the pressures that come with it. There has been several times when friends or classmates and I have hung out and there have been drugs and alcohol present at our social gatherings. I can honestly say that yes, I have been tempted to try drugs and alcohol. But I think back to my aunt and the spiral of negative consequences that she faced. I remind myself that I do not want to lose everything that I have come to achieve including my respect and pride. I cannot bear to think of how utterly disappointed my mother would be if I ruined everything she has helped me to accomplish. She is a single mother and has sacrificed so much to allow me to have opportunities that she never did. Even applying for this scholarship, is something that I would not want to take a gamble with just to appease people who are in my life temporarily. I value every opportunity that I have received in my life and have learned from the mistakes of those around me. 
Thank you for your time in reading my essay.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Boy Scouts of America - 2010 until present. Senior Patrol Leader 2013-2016
Youth Music Leader at Cliff Temple Baptist Church - 2013
Youth Leadership Counsel - Summers of 2011-2014
Future Business Leaders of America - Treasurer 2010-2016
Part Time Elementary school Math Tutor - Spring 2015 - Fall 2016
Future Dentist Club - 2015-2016
Goslin Opportunity Center - Food pantry assistant - 2014- Summer 2016
Vacation Bible School Group Leader - 2011-Summer 2016
Friends of Oak Cliff - replanting gardens in my neighborhood - 2013-present

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: For me all of the above activities have been incredibly meaningful. The one that stands out and has changed my life significantly is being a part of the Boy Scouts of America. Through this organization I have learned what it means to take care of myself, the planet, my community, my family, and those who are the future of our world. For me being a Boy Scout is about more than just knowing how to go camping, it is about learning fundamentals of survival, but also educating, guiding and being a role model to young men my age and younger, sometimes older.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: As a troop and patrol leader in my Boy Scout troop and a leader in my church, I feel that it is my duty to be a person that younger peers, and sometimes older peers, can look up to and hold with dignity, respect and regard when it comes to keeping myself physically fit and morally straight.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 22

Essay Option 1: I had a friend group that was just some normal good kids who would hang out and play video games and skate and do normal kid things. After being friends in high school for around a year some of my friends personalities started to change where they were more "we-don't-care" about life. This was caused by their involvement with drugs. This made me angry and want to help them because I am a very goal and passion oriented person. I wanted them to feel the same way I do about my hobbies about theirs and not let drugs take over their lives. Me and a few of the friends who did not partake in the drugs did our best to invite the users to do things that were fun and engaging or out in nature. But no matter what the activity was there was always one thing mentioned; they always wanted to take a pill or smoke some weed before or during things that were supposed to be fun. They had let the intoxicating effects of drugs rule their lives. My friends who were not users and I finally gave up because we were preaching to deaf ears about how life is fun while sober. We finally parted our ways so that we could have fun without drugs being involved. We didn’t want our passions and hobbies and general camaraderie to be interrupted by drugs to the point that we can’t get our friends back.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: baseball: 9-10: 10 hrs a week
football:9-12: 15 hrs a week
track: 11-12: 8 hrs a week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: I never had any love for football before high school then I thought I would just give it a shot . it turned out to be one of my best decisions I have made. Through all the grueling summer workouts and the seemingly endless 10 weeks of practice I found a love of hard work and dedication.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: I tried to help my old friend group quit their using and when I couldn't help them i decided it was best for myself to leave and go my own way.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 23

Essay Option 1: As a young child I was unaware of what alcohol and drugs were. I had seen my parents drink weird liquid that would make them giggly, but thought nothing of it. I had witnessed my mom smoking, but all I cared about was how much it stunk. Growing up I was close to a lot of my family, specifically to my uncle Manuel. He was the youngest of my uncles and by far the one I was closest to. He would always make me smile and treat me as if I was his own. I was unaware at the time, but he was a substance abuser. I do not know whether he did it for fun or did it to cover up the pain of reality, but one day he overdosed. Unfortunately, I was there to witness it. I heard my grandma yell as if she had seen a ghost, so we all ran into her bathroom. I peaked my head in to see what was going on and my mom instantly pushed me away from the scene. I remember a blur, some screaming, and some crying. I only got a glimpse of his lifeless body. He looked almost peaceful, as if he was taking a nap. What did not make it peaceful was the needle in his right hand, laying limp beside his hip. I could not move. I could not wrap my head as to what had just happened. At the time I knew he had overdosed, but I never thought that it would affect me differently then now. After his death, I now refuse to even think about taking drugs. I am a huge advocate in drug-free programs and anti-drug promotions because of his accident. I have witnessed first hand that drugs kill. I have never personally witnessed a death due to alcohol, but I have been mistreated from it. The substance abuser, my cousin, thought that the alcohol made him a free man to do as he pleased. He was wrong. I have seen how drugs and alcohol alter people’s thoughts and their actions. They not only hurt themselves, but the others around them. When I hear about anyone using or even think about using drugs, I instantly think back to that moment and with a heavy heart, explain the tragedy in hopes of preventing any more.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Volleyball // 9 // 12 // Team Captain
Future Business Leaders of America // 10-12 // 1 // Secretary (11), President (12)
Student Ambassador // 10-12 // 1
Soccer // 9-12 // 10 // Manager
Student Council // 9-12 // 1
Yearbook // 12 // 5 // Head of Yearbook Staff

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Being a student ambassador is by far the most meaningful activity. I am the face of my school, whether I am at school or at the grocery store. I help with a lot of volunteer work at school and outside of school as well. I have been required to keep a good behavior, which I have, and show my pride through the years. I am one of the people who represent the school, which is such an honorable thing to be able to say.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 24

Essay Option 1: Up until this past year I had never succumbed to the temptation of drugs and alcohol. I tried to stay away from it all by only surrounding myself with people whom I assumed to be “good” kids. Little did I know that many of the people I associated as “good” kids were the ones going to people’s houses every weekend and getting stoned and/or wasted. The first and only time that I ever joined them was on a friday night after a football game. One of my teammates parents had gone out of town and she took complete advantage of the situation. A bunch of us went over and another friend used her fake ID, which I wasn't even aware she had, and bought a ton of alcohol. Another two friends brought their vapes and when the guys showed up so did the weed. I had always heard of the things people should do if they drank so I made sure I ate, drank water throughout the night, and paced myself. For some reason in the moment it made me feel better that at least if I was drinking I was doing it responsibly. I had also decided that I did not want to mix drugs in with drinking. The night was fun from the get go. We played music, card games, talked, and so much more. I truly believed that I had grown so much closer to everyone there. That was until one friend over did it all. At one point in the night I had to go to the bathroom. When I opened the door there was my friend barely able to stand, not even able to pull her pants up because she was so intoxicated. I wasn't in the best state either so I simply walked in and started using the restroom because I just guessed she would be fine. When I was done in the bathroom I left to go watch TV on the couch. Suddenly I became extremely tired and passed out on the couch. About an hour later I was woken up by a commotion. The commotion was that my friend that I saw in the bathroom had fallen in the bathroom and was unresponsive. No one knew what to do. Everyone was pretty drunk and no one wanted to contact a parent so instead we called a good friend of ours to come over and help. When he arrived he told us to get her a cold towel, lay her on her side, and more instructions that you would generally learn in health class. We followed through and she seemed to be coming to a little bit so we decided that everything would probably be fine. But I just kept thinking to myself if I had just noticed and took action when I had encountered her in the bathroom the situation may have not even gotten the chance to escalate to that extent. Everyone that attended the party that day is alive and well, but none of us will forget the trouble drinking had caused us or what could have possibly been the outcome. This situation has definitely made me distance myself from parties and people who party a lot because I couldn’t bare to have another scare like that or even worse actually lose someone. I drank once and I choose everyday not to do it again.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: SOS Lifeguard (freshman mentor)// Grade 12// 6 hours// Quad Member
Pacesetters (drill team)// Grades 10-12// 16 hours// Senior Lieutenant
Main Stage Musicals// Grades 11-12// 5 hours// Dance Core
Sunday School Teacher// Grades 9-12// 4 hours// Age 4-5 Teacher

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Being an SOS Lifeguard is truly the most meaningful activity that I am a part of. Freshman year is such a critical time in the development of a person and their attitude and choices for the rest of high school. Being a lifeguard enables me to make an impact early on that will hopefully stick with them all throughout high school. I am able to share my experiences and teach them ways to make good decisions and be the best version of themselves.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: Being a SOS lifeguard enables me to combat issues regarding drugs and alcohol in my freshman's lives each and everyday. I let them confide in me when they are having problems and attempt to provide solutions. I also teach important lessons on how to avoid drugs and alcohol, resist peer pressure,and make good choices.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: Yes as I explained in my essay I have had one encounter with alcohol and drugs. While I resisted the drugs I fell short to alcohol. I have since been able to resist and have not drank any alcohol and do not plan to.

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 25

Essay Option 1:

Essay Option 2: After days of completing applications and attending interviews, I was lucky to be selected as an SOS (Starting off Strong) Lifeguard during my senior year. The SOS program is intended to facilitate the transition from middle school to high school for the incoming freshman students and to provide valuable lessons that the freshman can keep with them throughout their high school career. As lifeguards, we are responsible for being role models for the entire freshman class. At the beginning of the year, the SOS Lifeguards are divided into groups of four (quads) and assigned a class of freshman. The quad and classroom I was assigned to is incredible and has such amazing kids! This program is well thought out because the freshman will be more inclined to listen to the seniors of the school teaching them lessons rather than teachers because seniors seem more relatable and trustworthy. 
As a senior who went through the tough transition from middle school to high school, I can relate to the many feelings and emotions that the freshman in my class are encountering. Even though the age gap between my freshman and me is about 3-4 years, I am still able to develop strong relationships with them. 
One freshman in particular, who I am going to name Kallie for the purposes of the confidentiality I promised her, really opened up to me from the onset. After just two conversations, she told me some things about her life concerning the alcoholism present in her family. Kallie revealed to me that her dad isn’t really present in her life because he works odd hours, he is an alcoholic, and her mom doesn’t like him. She also told me that her mom occasionally has her ups and downs with alcohol sometimes being completely sober while other times she is so intoxicated that Kallie has debated driving her to the hospital. When it comes to her siblings, Kallie only has one younger brother who is doing just fine but she is concerned about how the environment he is being raised in is going to affect him in the future. As for me, after hearing about the disorder in Kallie’s family, I was concerned about her and what it was going to do to her development. 
As a lifeguard, I was given the instruction that if a freshman revealed information that concerned me, I should tell the coastguards (the teachers in charge of the SOS program) first. So I told the coastguards, and they told me that they’d see what they could do to make sure Kallie and her brother were living in a safe environment. In the meantime, I was told to maintain my relationship with Kallie. 
I was well aware of the many statistics and studies that report that kids who have alcoholic parents are very likely to become alcoholics themselves. Therefore, I wanted to ensure that Kallie would never go down that horrible path. I tried to talk to Kallie everyday about school, extracurricular activities like dance, and about life in general. I say hi to her in the hallway and even hang out with her outside of school. I did these actions not out of pity but because I actually cared about the future of Kallie. She is an intelligent and kindhearted individual who deserves to have caring friends. 
The few times that me and her did talk about alcohol usage, she told me that she hated alcohol and the effects it has on people. She said, “I never want to have a sip of alcohol”. Even though Kallie may have had this mindset regardless of my presence in her life, I am glad that I was a part of her journey to make this decision. I learnt that being kind cost nothing. A few simple conversations can go a long way and can even save someone’s future.

Meaningful Activities: Varsity Tennis Team // Grades 9-12 // 13 hours a week // Varsity Team Captain
Cultural International Awareness Club // Grades 10-12 // 1 hour a week // Historian, VP, Co-president
National Honor Society // Grades 10-12 // 2 hours a week // VP of Service
Spanish Club // Grades 9-11 // 1 hour a week // Historian
SOS Lifeguard (mentor to freshman) // Grade 12 // 5 hours a week
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer // Grade 11 // total of 34 hours in a week
Richardson Youth Leadership // Grade 11 // 1 hour a week
National Math Honor Society // Grades 10-12 // 1 hour a week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: The activity that is most meaningful to me is being a part of the tennis team. The past four years on the team has been nothing but great experiences. I have been able to interact with kids from every grade level and make friendships that I never thought I'd make. But besides the fun,our team has always worked hard and has performed well in tournaments. In fact, this year our tennis team made it to regionals! I would describe tennis as a meaningful activity because it has taught me many valuable lessons like how working hard can also be fun and how hard work really pays off (when we win). I am glad I was a part of the tennis team because I was able to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: As I said in my essay, I am an SOS lifeguard who has had the wonderful opportunity to mentor freshman. As a lifeguard I have encountered many freshman who are struggling with drug and alcohol problems. I either sit one-on-one with a freshman or address the whole class when I am discussing the consequences of going down the drug and alcohol path. I consider myself a leader in the community regarding issues with alcohol and drug abuse because I am able to reach out to the young minds of high school freshman and tell them what I have observed throughout my four years in high school. Alcohol and drugs never have a good outcome and I preach to my freshman everyday that there are so many other ways to have fun with friends and enjoy high school. Even if I am able to make a difference in one person's life or help just one person make a good decision, the hours I have spent in this SOS program will be well worth it.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 26

Essay Option 1: If I had the opportunity to give any one teenager some advice; it would be to choose their role models wisely. It’s unsettling to know that our youth ceases to understand the reality and realm of drug usage. Our culture, especially in today’s musical trend, the glorification of drug usage and unruly behavior has become a style and way of expression. I find it extremely distasteful that it has become “cool”. It’s not cool, when someone has been surrounded by vices for the majority of their lives.

As children, we tend to find someone to idolize. For me, it was my older cousin, Drew. He grew up in a tough part of town, with tough parents, and tough circumstances. These circumstances caused a lot of problems, and ultimately acted as a catalyst for his addiction later on in life. Sadly, drug usage within the family was nothing new to the family history, but because of the person he was to me; it was eye-opening. Drew came to live with us, and I was excited. He was about fifteen years old, and I was twelve; we were close and created a sibling-like bond. As he and I both matured, I started to notice our life plans weren’t matching. When we spoke to each other about the future, it wasn’t big houses for our mothers, or nice cars anymore. Drew didn’t know what he wanted to do, and he didn’t care. I was worried, but I knew better than to question his authority; he was my older cousin. 

There were a few instances where Drew wouldn’t attend school, or he’d vanish right after the last bell of the day. I noticed his cold persona growing, and his appearance wasn’t looking so healthy. He had recurring angry outbursts, and it was during these episodes that I put clues together. I knew from family history, that it was everything in one form. I’d watched the parties and the accidents, and I grew up with these common occurrences. It’s one thing to see them, and it’s another thing to see someone you found so perfect, in that dark light. 

The day Drew went back with his family, I was distraught. Not only was my best friend leaving, but I didn’t get the chance to see him full of life and himself. Witnessing the consequences of his foolish decisions, frightened me. It was clear to me that, even the best people can turn sour. It’s frustrating, to say the least. I knew Drew, and I knew his upbringing. Although he wasn’t as fortunate as some people, he was very ambitious and an able person. A beautiful person turned into a carcass of lost hope.

Drew was addicted to xanax, because he thought he didn’t mean or amount to anything or anyone in this world. I’ve always had a guilty conscious for not telling him how much I cared for him. I made it a point to still respect him as my older cousin, but also as an inspiration. Drew may have not made the right decisions, but he is my example of what not to do. This has been my mentality since my freshman year of highschool, and I’ve proudly made it out of the four years; happy and healthy. I may not know where Drew is at the moment, but I do know that he is always with me in spirit and philosophy. Drew has done something positive despite his poor choices. He’s given me passion and motivation to stay clean, no matter what anyone or anything says.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: AVID/ 7th-12th/ 5 hours/ student
AVID Club/ 7th-12th/ 1 hour/ student
Japanese Honor Society/11th/ student
Holy Cross Church Teacher/ 12th/ 1 hour/ volunteer

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: I grew up watching my mother teach religious sacrament classes, since I was about seven. Now that I'm of age, I'm able to participate and teach my own set of children. Following in my mother, and families footsteps at becoming a sacrament teacher, is very special to me.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: As a catholic sacrament teacher, I often discuss the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 27

Essay Option 1:

Essay Option 2: At the beginning of my senior year, my close friend (who we will call Rebecca) was dumped by her boyfriend. It was a long time coming, and I had always not been this guy's biggest fan. My other friend, Veronica, and I told Rebecca time and time again that he was a bad influence. Regardless, Rebecca was still devastated from the break up. In a combination of numbing the pain and a desperate attempt to show everyone she was "fine," Rebecca turned to partying, drinking, and drugs. Veronica and I became increasingly worried as Rebecca fell into a downward spiral. 
Both of use were unsure of what to do. How could we help her without pushing her away from us? Finally, worried about Rebecca's well being, Veronica and I turned to a trusted Coach who has always urged us to stay far away from the dangers of substance abuse. His own son, once a gifted athlete, lost everything when he became addicted to drugs and has done several stints in rehab, to no avail. We poured out our fears and concerns about Rebecca to Coach. If she was this out of control now, what would happen in college, when she is completely independent? What about the example she is setting for her little brother? What if she gets caught, or worse, hurt? Coach listened empathetically and gave us some advice. First and foremost, we needed to continue to be a positive example for Rebecca, hoping that she would follow in our path. However, we also needed to pray for her, and confront her about our feelings for her actions. Coach said that he would confidentially speak to a guidance counselor and Rebecca's mom. Before our meeting adjourned, Coach left us with one of the most difficult pieces of advice that I have ever heard. He told us that, if it came to it, we might need to wash our hands of Rebecca's situation. At first, I was slightly appalled, thinking he meant that we would abandon her in her time of great need. However, after explaining himself, I began to understand. If we had done all we could for Rebecca and she still wouldn’t listen, we needed to take a step back and let someone else help. Additionally, maybe if Rebecca saw that her closest friends were moving away from her, she would finally realize the consequences of her actions. 
Rebecca still isn’t where she needs to be, but I believe she is making small steps towards recovery. The whole situation has been one of great worry and stress for me, but I've learned so much about something I really hadn't been exposed to before. I learned that drug and alcohol abuse isn't something that happens just to the people behind 7-11 or the college dropouts. It's real, and it can happen to even the best of people and the closest of friends. I learned that substance abuse doesn’t only affect the user, but everyone around them. It's a sticky, tough situation, and the answer isn't always black and white. Rebecca has made some bad decisions, but I firmly believe that she is still a good person and can pull herself out of the hole she is digging. I can lend her a hand, but ultimately, she needs to make the final push to live a clean life.

Meaningful Activities: Bishop Lynch Ambassadors // Grades 9-12 // 2 hours a week // Board Member (Grade 11) Board Officer (Grade 12) 
St. Patrick Refugee Outreach // Grades 9-12 // 2 hours a week // Founded and teach an art program to refugee children (Grade 12) 
Fit Friars Club // Grades 11-12 // 1 hour a week // Founder and President
Commissioned Artist // grade 7-12 // 2 hours a week
National Honor Society // Grades 10-12 // 2 hours a week // Board Secretary (Grade 12) 
Varsity Track & Field // Grades 10-12 // 6 hours per week // Field Captain (Grade 12) 
Student Leadership Class // Grade 12 // 6 hours a week
Mu Alpha Theta // Grades 9-12 // 1 hour a week
National English Honor Society // Grades 11 –12 // <1 hour a week
Junior Girl's Retreat // Grade 11 // 3 hours a week // Co-Leader
Homecoming Court Finalist // Grade 12 // Top 5

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: I came up with, implemented, and am leading an art program for children and teens through the Refugee Outreach program at my church. I contacted the board of Refugee Outreach with my idea, planned the dates and lessons, and bought the art materials with money I made from selling my own paintings. Some of the kids do not speak English, but art is a universal language, and I have made some of the most impactful relationships in my life through this program.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: It may not be an "official" position, but I feel as if I am a leader among my friends by resolivng to stay away from alcohol and drugs and sticking to my word. Additionally, I founded the Fit Friars club. While it isn't explicitly about drugs and alcohol, the club promotes clean and healthy living.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 28

Essay Option 1: I was honored to be voted to serve as a captain on our 2016 State Champion Varsity Football Team at Bishop Lynch. As you can imagine there was a lot of parties and social interactions after the season was over and especially because I am now into my senior, and last, year of high school. For the first time, I occasionally found myself in the presence of drugs being used. I had never been around this and at first I would just look the other way and pretend that I didn’t know what was going on.

Then I was selected to be on the Bishop Lynch President’s Leadership Council and spent a weekend with the other members learning how to handle difficult situations like friends using drugs and the peer pressure that goes along with it. We would roll-play and try to learn how best to respond if these moments presented themselves. That weekend, it really struck me how I could positively and permanently impact other students’ lives by helping them make the right decisions when confronted with these tough choices. I think most students really want to do the right thing but peer pressure can be very hard to resist.

It was then that I decided that I would consider myself a “Captain” for my friends and really the Senior class for the rest of the school year. I always assumed a certain leadership mentality during football practices, games and in the locker room but now I committed to trying to maintain it throughout the school year and into college. I know my friends and I are at the age where paths tend to go in very different directions. I KNOW the path that drug use will take you and I think that by just being a consistently positive role model I can truly change at least a few lives for the better.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Boy Scouts of America // grades 9-12 // 3 hours/week // Eagle Scout Rank
Football // grades 9-12 // 15 hours/week // Varsity Captain
Bishop Lynch Ambassadors // grades 11-12 // 2 hours/week // Team Leader
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) // grades 11-12 // 2 hours/week (focuses on positive peer pressure and role modeling)
Best Buddies // grades 11-12 // 1 hour/week (supports neighboring schools and disadvantaged youth)

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Progressing all the way through the Boy Scouts program to achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout has been tremendously rewarding. I've come to deeply respect the lessons and leadership skills that are taught by accomplishing each of the required steps to earn each merit badge. I'm confident that my experiences will help me to be a more positive leader and roll model for the rest of my life.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: I guess I have not had an "official" role in this capacity but try to be a strong leader as explained above in Essay #1.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 29

Essay Option 1:

Essay Option 2: One of the most prevalent problems that high school students face in modern society is peer-pressure. There is practically no other time in a young adult’s life where this affliction is more prevailing and difficult to avoid. Unfortunately, high school is also the primary time where the majority of teenage students are introduced to some of the most damaging substances to the growing human body – drugs, and alcohol. When an increase in peer-pressure, use of pharmaceuticals and ingestion of liquor all come together in one place, it can create many unpleasant situations. Participating in these hostile actions is easy, and usually, the “popular” way to go – what 's hard is taking action, going against the grain, and making a change in the lives of those under the influence.
There was a point in recent time where I was called to make a difference in someone’s life. During the latter part of last year, one of my good friends, an extremely social and outgoing guy, began to act “off.” As a person who usually cared very much about his grades, I began to worry when he started blowing off his assignments, sleeping in class, and receiving low scores on tests and quizzes. At first, I did not think much of his behavior since it was nearing the end of our junior year and, as many high school students will admit, you begin to lose motivation towards the end of the second semester. However, though his actions started off subtle and uncommon at first, they became more prevalent and noticeable over time. 
For as long as I had known my friend, he had always been a huge partier, frequent drinker, and occasional drug user. Being the kind of person that I am – someone who does not throw judgment upon others based on their ways of life – I looked past his actions outside of school and befriended him based on his morals and values, which were positive overall. Having thought this, I never would have assumed that his decline in personality at school had something to do with his use of drugs and alcohol. I believed that there was no connection between the two – until it was too late. 
During the summer, my friend and I became distant. We did not text as much, he began to use social media less, and eventually, it was like he had dropped off the map. For three weeks in July, I had no idea of where he was, what he was doing, or how he was feeling - I had no idea what happened to him. I would occasionally send text messages, which were left unanswered, asking: “How are you?” and “What are you up to?” It was as if he was dead.
It was not until school started back up again that I saw him in person. All of my classmates were how he had been, and he promptly explained to us that he was kicked out of his house for a month due to cocaine abuse. After hearing this, many of my peers abandoned him and saw him as a bad influence – but I stuck by his side. My friend and I would converse daily, over text or FaceTime, about how he was doing and how he could tackle his cocaine addiction. Eventually, I convinced him to allow his family to send him to rehab and, after missing the entire 3rd quarter to get his life intact, he is now back, walking the halls – addiction free. 
In all honesty, this whole situation has taught me the real dangers of substance abuse. I would never have thought that my words and actions could positively affect someone close to me in the way that they did. Most importantly, however, I learned to never give up on a person - no matter who they are or how they act – because everyone deserves a second chance.

Meaningful Activities: Student Council // Representative (9-11) // Board President (12) // 8 hrs. a week
Track and Field // Member (9-11) // Team Captain (12) // 8 hrs. a week
Fit Friars Club // Vice President (12) // 2 hrs. a week
Best Buddies club // Member (9-12) // 1 hr a week
Service at the Park Nursing Home in Plano, TX // (11-12) // 1 hr a week (on avg.)
Service at St. Mark Catholic Church in Plano, TX // (9-12) // 1 hr a week (on avg.)
National Honor Society // Member (10-11) // Board Treasurer (12) // 1 hr a week
National French Honor Society // Member (11) // Vice President (12) // 1 hr a week
National English Honor Society // Member (10-12) // 1 hr a week
Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) // Member (10-12) // 2 hrs. a week
Healing Differences Roundtable // Participant (11) // 3 hrs. a week (8 week period)

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: In all honesty, my most meaningful activity is my position of Student Council Board President. I believe that this is my most important school-related occupation since I am acting as the "President" of not only my Senior class but the entire student population at Bishop Lynch High School. Because of my situation, I have to act as an exemplary figure for every student that I may come into contact with at any given moment. My Board President status is also my favorite position that I have at my school because I honestly feel that I have the best interests of my peers in mind at all times - and it feels good to be the head of so many people! Also, it would be a dream of mine to be a public figure one day (like a mayor, governor, senator, representative, or even the president!). Overall, I love being Board President because I enjoy being the leading voice of those around me!

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: As a senior at Bishop Lynch High School, I am the Board President of the Student Body (as I stated above) and therefore, as a person who doesn't use drugs or alcohol, I consider myself to be a great example for my peers! I am also part of other leadership groups that promote making good life decisions, such as the Fit Friars Club (which I am the Vice-President of!). Also, as I stated in my story above, I have played a major part in healing the drug addiction of a close friend of mine in the past.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 30

Essay Option 1: Two years ago, a family member of mine got himself into trouble because of both drugs and alcohol. Without any permission, he and a few of his friends were driving to a friend’s ranch house and got lost. They ended up in an area that was restricted and got pulled over by the police. Him and his friends, all underage, were drinking and had open beer cans and other alcoholic beverages in the car. The police searched their vehicle and found drugs hidden in their bags. They were arrested and incarcerated for a night. My family member was charged with a minor in possession of alcohol and charged for drugs and drug paraphernalia. This had a monstrous effect on my family. My family was very embarrassed and my parents experienced depression and anxiety from the incident. My family also had to give much of their time and money into court fees and driving to and from the town where he got arrested. 
This incident had a tremendous impact on my decision about substance abuse. As an athlete, I have been taught many times the physical effects of drugs and alcohol. However, this experience showed me the emotional impact that drugs and alcohol can bring to a family. Although I had never used drugs or alcohol before the incident happened, it strengthened my ability to say no to peer pressure. Furthermore, it taught me to not associate with or put myself into situations where the people around me are doing drugs or alcohol, even if I am not participating in it. After truly understanding the emotional impact that drugs and alcohol can have on a family, my decision to avoid alcohol and drugs has been reinforced and has made me a leader among my peers from my ability to stand up and say no to drugs and alcohol. A lot of times I am the first one to say no in peer pressure situation and after I do so, my friends follow me and say no as well. I made the decision to avoid drugs and alcohol early in my life and I will choose to do the same for the rest of it.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Softball Team// Grades 9-12// 14 hours per week// Team Captain
Club Softball// Grades 9-11// 7 hours per week
Mu Alpha Theta// Grades 10-12// 2 hours per week
National Honor Society// Grades 10-12// 2 hours per week
Spanish National Honor Society// Grades 12// 1 hour per week
National English Honor Society//Grades 10-12// 1 hour per week
SPI Study Abroad//Grades 12//3 full weeks
Sky Ranch Sigma Leadership Program//Grades 11-12// 4 full weeks
Eucharistic Minister//Grades 12// 1 hour per week
Buddy League//Grades 9-12// 4 hours per week// volunteer
Nursing Homes// Grades 11-12//4 hours per week// volunteer
City of Plano Camp Counselor//Grades 10//4 hours per week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Softball has had a huge impact on my decision toward drugs and alcohol. My coaches have a no-tolerance policy in regard to those. Not only will my performance be effected by substance abuse, but my team would suffer as well. Softball has given me another reason to say no to drugs; I would not only let down my team but I would let down my coaches and myself if I was involved in drugs and alcohol. Softball has taught me leadership and how my decisions impact others around me. Since I am with my team for up to three hours a day, they are like a second family to me. As a natural leader on the team, my actions are looked up to by the younger players. I know if my actions promoted the use of drugs and alcohol then my teammates would get involved in those.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: On my softball team, I am one of the few upperclassmen that has never used drugs or alcohol. I am looked up to for this by my peers and the younger people follow my example. I am always reminding my teammates of the effects that drugs and alcohol can have in their lives. A lot of them have come up to me and told me how they said no to being offered drugs and alcohol because of what I told them. Likewise, after school dances I do not participate in drinking alcohol. When I decided not to drink that night, many of my friends followed my example and later told me they said no because I was willing to not give in to peer pressure.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 31

Essay Option 1: I used to never tell the truth when peers ask me why I do not drink alcohol. I always throw out some hackneyed phrase about the negative health effects or that I’m driving home. While these remain perfectly valid reasons to abstain from underage drinking (not to mention that it’s illegal), my family’s struggle with alcoholism has led to this decision, in addition to the thick-skin and discipline that I am proud to possess through watching a loved one juggle this disease. The firsthand accounts I have witnessed of the effects of alcoholism have been instrumental in my decision to maintain sobriety. 

I am forever grateful for the environment I have grown up in, and I feel that my family’s support has helped me significantly throughout high school. They aided me in my transition to St. Mark’s which required a significant increase in expectations by teachers and coaches. I have learned from the positive influences in my life, mainly my parents and sister Grace, however, I have also learned from my family’s flaws.

I noticed from a young age that at family gatherings some of my relatives were acting funny, behavior I normally did not see from other adults like my teachers at school or my friends’ parents. At family gatherings, many of my relatives were drunk. What initially seemed like harmless fun to me as a young child, unaware of the effects of alcoholism, turned into recognition of alcohol’s effects on my closer family members, mainly my father. The vast majority of time he was loving and caring, but when under the effects of alcohol, he acted much differently. He would yell and argue with my mother, sister, or me, often waking me up from my sleep with his loud tirades. These experiences became the framework for my decisions about substance abuse. 

I am incredibly privileged to have attended St. Mark’s, to live with both my parents, and to have their undying support, but my life has undoubtedly been marked with the effects of familial alcoholism. When my father was away at a rehabilitation center, kicked out of the house, or in his room fighting his hangover, my mother, my sister, and I all carried his responsibilities. Because of this my parents haven’t had the same intense involvement in my academic career, ultimately giving me the discipline to prioritize and complete tasks by myself. This did mean I had to work harder and experienced immense stress at times. I would never want my future children to go through the things that I experienced. 

My mother’s ability to keep the family together while being adversely affected by my father’s alcoholism amazes me. I learned the importance of a strong family relationship because my mother, sister and I became each other's support group. My values of friendship, family, compassion, mercy, and diligence come from my mother’s distinct set of values that she embodied and instilled within me. She accomplished this while abstaining from alcohol and other substances, showing that these aren’t necessary to have a fulfilling life. 

Much like how my mother was able to find positivity in such a dire situation, I feel like there are positive aspects acquired from events that would seem adverse to childhood maturation. My environment required me to grow up quickly, and I adapted. The influence of my family taught me to keep family at the highest priority level, and for this reason I feel our family has stuck together through these hard times. 

Seeing the direct negative impact of alcohol on the lives of my family has very much influenced my decision to maintain lifetime sobriety. Addiction has a strong genetic component, and because I have seen the effects of alcoholism first-hand, I would never want to roll the dice. I am grateful for these experiences because I know my quality of life will be much higher as a sober teen.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Varsity Fencing, Member and Captain
12 hr/wk, 15 wk/yr
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
I competed in multiple tournaments and was awarded captain: leading the team during warm-up routines, practice bouts, and at tournaments.

Tom C. Gooch Elementary Tutor
5 hr/ wk, 15 wks/yr
Grades: 9, 10, 11. 12
Paired individually with a struggling fourth grade student and helped him graduate to Marsh Middle School. Helped students study for the STAAR test.

Track and Field Athlete
15 hr/wk, 15 wk/yr
Grades: 9, 10, 11
Track and field, Varsity 110 Meter and 300 Meter Hurdler
Placed 7th overall in 110 Meter Hurdles as a sophomore and 6th overall in 110 Meter Hurdles as a junior in the Southwest Preparatory Conference.

St. Mark's Film Studies Student
8 hr/wk, 40 wk/yr
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Created three major films each year for the class. Personal film, “Art,” selected for exhibition in the South by Southwest Student Film Festival: 11

Esports Club Member and Leader
2 hr/wk, 40 wk/yr
Grades: 10,11
Discussed “esports” or “electronic sports.” Covered games such as League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Hearthstone.

Brendan Court Summer Enrichment Program Teacher
40 hr/wk, 4 wk/yr
Grades: 11
Selected by St. Mark’s faculty to teach two sections of English to rising 8th grade boys from Dallas schools. Prepared a month’s worth of lesson plans.

Political Forum Member
2 hr/wk, 40 wk/yr
Grades: 10,11,12
Discussed political developments such as the viability of candidates in the presidential election and the morality of Guantanamo Bay.

McDonald’s Week Committee Member
30 hr/wk, 1 wk/yr
Grades: 11
Helped the junior class with McDonald’s Week, a program focused on raising money for Austin Street Shelter that raised over 10 thousand dollars.

French and Portuguese Language Independent Study
6 hr/wk, 12 wk/yr, 
Grades: 10, 11,12
Studied Portuguese with a St. Mark's Spanish Teacher, translating the book Animal Farm from Portuguese to Spanish. Studied French over the summer.

UNICEF Club Member, 
2 hr/wk, 40 wk/yr
Grades: 10,11,12
Discussed crises in the world and sponsored drives such as the “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” drive, which helped raise money for UNICEF.

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My first class was a disaster. I naively thought I had prepared more than 40 minutes of material. After 25 minutes I was done with my lessons, so I told the boys to start their homework as I nervously brainstormed ideas for my next class. I didn’t want to make the same mistake but was at a loss of what to add. 

The Brendan Court Summer Program, named after the late St. Mark’s School of Texas senior who tragically lost his life in a car accident, focuses on engaging and mentoring middle school students throughout the Dallas community, much like Brendan’s focus during his life. I was honored to be hired as a student-teacher and trusted to prepare for the month-long program complete with tests, major assignments, and homework. I taught English 8, introducing my students to George Orwell’s Animal Farm and assigning a final essay on the book, helping them with and encouraging them through a public-speaking assignment, and giving several grammar tests along the way. 

Fortunately, I had some teaching experience, mainly one-on-one sessions with struggling students. Tutoring at Gooch Elementary taught me how stressing the mistakes would lead to demotivation, making the students less likely to pay attention and give full effort. Instead, I congratulated my student on every correct step, giving high fives and making them excited to learn, molding me into a more effective teacher and appreciative student and preparing me for my Brendan Court teaching experience. 

Having developed a strong sense of when a student lacked confidence with a particular skill, when I selected Pierce as the last student of the day to give his “This I Believe” speech, I already knew what was going to happen. While everyone packed up at the end of the first class period, Pierce walked up to me, mortified:
“I can’t give that speech. I never have been able to give a speech before, and I know I’ll fail.”

Like any teacher, I reassured him that he was capable of doing the project. I too shared a fear of public speaking when I was a middle schooler, but I grew out of it with experience. Pierce walked up to the podium at the front of the classroom and didn’t say a word for a very long and uncomfortable whole minute. 
“I can’t do it, Mr. Rene. I can’t.”

In this moment I faced a first: None of my students had ever been unable to complete an assignment. 
I paused and said, “Pierce, talk to me after class.”
After every student left my classroom, Pierce broke down, profusely apologizing for his inability to deliver the speech. I could tell Pierce was eager to get to lunch, so I asked him to read the first paragraph to me, hopeful that without an audience he’d take a step forward with speaking aloud. 
“I… I… I believe… I can’t do it.”
Pierce was still unable to complete the speech, but I suddenly got an idea. 
“Can I put your speech on the projector?”
Every day, for a few minutes at a time, we would read his speech together, Pierce and I alternating sentences, until he was able to fully read it without stopping. 

Trust became the most important tool throughout the program. Rather than be a drill sergeant, barking at my students to fix their comma splices, I formed relationships with my class built on trust and genuine interest in their learning and successes. I quickly recognized that the relationship between student and teacher is key in education. My confidence to communicate and enthusiasm to learn increased when I felt teachers took an interest in me. I’m proud of the virtues I attempted to instill through the class’s reading and discussion of Animal Farm, but the victory was seeing Pierce and his classmates embrace what was initially uncomfortable and grow into more self-assured contributors.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: I always offer to drive people home from parties as opposed to letting them drive while under the influence of alcohol. I try my best to serve as a sober role model, showing that alcohol is not necessary to have fun at social events. I have started telling my childhood story to show the effects of alcohol on people prone to addiction. I plan to enact this same role in college, an environment that seems even more lacking of sober students.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 32

Essay Option 1: It has been almost three years, yet somehow, I remember it like it was yesterday. On July 17, 2014, I woke up to the sound of my mom’s voice talking somewhere outside near my window. I figured she must be on the phone. At first, I couldn’t make out much of what she was saying. After a few minutes of sitting there, something she said caught my attention. “Yeah… Hector’s been in a very serious car accident. The car is totaled. He’s banged up pretty badly.” My father’s name is Hector. My heart stopped. Suddenly, I became overwhelmed with fear and worry. I love my father dearly, and all I could think was “God… please let my father be okay.” 
I waited until I couldn’t hear my mother’s voice anymore. I heard the sound of the door closing from her coming inside. Immediately I ran to her and swarmed her with questions. “Is dad okay? Is he hurt? What happened? Is he going to be okay?” She could tell I was on the verge of tears. She hugged me and told me the news. At approximately 4 AM that early morning, my dad had been in a very serious car accident. He had been out the night before drinking heavily, and made a very poor decision of getting behind the wheel to drive after. This wasn’t the first time he had done this before, but this was the one time he had gotten into an accident because of it, and it was bad. 
My mother informed me that my father was in the hospital. He looked so bad physically, however, that my mom didn’t want my siblings and I to see him in his condition. Of course, that only made me panic even more.
A couple days later, my dad made it out of the hospital with injuries that seemed minimal compared to how bad things could’ve been. My father told me that he blacked out after the accident, so he doesn’t remember much of it. Later on, my mom had shown me pictures of his car and of his face shortly after the accident, and from what I saw I think my family and I can all agree that my dad was extremely lucky to have survived this accident.
My dad’s accident, being as tragic as it was, was a huge eye opening experience for me especially. I came to the conclusion, and I’m certain my dad would agree, that drinking and driving is never worth the risk. Not even the slightest bit of alcohol is worth the potential dangers. From the moment I found out that alcohol was involved in my dads accident, I promised myself that never would I ever get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or any kind of drugs for that matter. I also vowed that I would never allow a friend or family member of mine to drink while driving if I could help it. There are many alternatives to drunken driving including Uber, calling a friend, or having a designated driver. With college coming up soon and alcohol being a huge part of it, I plan to take a stance against drunk driving and encourage many others to eliminate the problem as much as possible.
Life is so extremely precious, and once someone’s life is taken it cannot be reversed. Considering that I’m very close to my father, and that he almost lost his life due to his own decision to drive intoxicated, this is something that I feel very strongly about, and I will always support this cause. Drunk driving is a choice. By choosing to refuse to get behind the wheel intoxicated, I am eliminating the risks that come with it. It is not and will never be worth taking the risk of ending my own or someone else’s life.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Cheerleading // Grade 9-10 // 6 hours per week // JV
Scottish Rites Children's Hospital Character Breakfast // Grades 9-11 // 2 hours per week // Volunteer
Hope's Seed // Grades 9-10 // 3 hours per week // Volunteer
Jubilee Parks Community Center // Grade 12 // 4 hours per week // Volunteer
Head Start of Greater Dallas // Grade 12 // 4 hours per week // Volunteer
Kreative Kidz Partyz // Grades 9-11 // 12 hours per week // Party hostess
Cross Cheer // Grades 9-10 // 30 hours per week // Cheer coach
Cross Dance // Grades 9-10 // 30 hours per week // Dance instructor
Lone Star Aerospace // Grade 10 // 40 hours per week // Intern

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: The most meaningful activity to me that I have participated in throughout my high school career would have to the the Scottish Rites Character Breakfast. This was an event that I volunteer at every summer at Scottish Rites Children's Hospital. During this event, people dress up to play the roles of childhood characters and attend breakfast with, sign autographs for, and interact with the hospital patients and their families. This activity meant and still means a lot to me because I love children so much. A lot of the children I would get the privilege of meeting were either seriously ill or injured. Despite the conditions of these children, they were still as happy as can be and so grateful for everything and anything. I have the privilege of playing Disney Princess Jasmine. In the children's eyes, I truly was the one and only Princess Jasmine. Being able to make these children laugh and smile and giving them the opportunity to meet their childhood heroes was such a heartwarming and humbling experience. I enjoy participating in this activity a lot.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 33

Essay Option 1:

Essay Option 2: I am so honored because I am apart of a prestigious organization that helps freshmen transition from junior high to high school. The program is called Starting Off Strong (SOS), to be in this program you apply your junior year of high school and you are a lifeguard your senior year. Every freshman will have a homeroom with a group of lifeguards, each week the group of lifeguards will have lessons for the freshman. These lessons can vary from organization in school and time management to drugs and alcohol and how to make good decisions. Every year SOS will have a big assembly with all of the freshman and lifeguards about drugs and alcohol. This assembly consists of videos with the effects of drinking, as well as actual stories from the lifeguards. Many of the stories that the lifeguards will share are personal, the lifeguards are telling these stories to show that if you or your family makes a mistake, you shouldn’t let that dictate your future. This year I was in the assembly, I participated in the assembly by telling all of the freshman what the purpose of the assembly is. I really wanted my speech to impact the students, I didn’t get the chance to tell my own personal story ,but I got the chance to set the tone and show them how important it was for them to be there. For me this was the time to get the students attention and make them believe that this is worth their time. During my speech, I had noticed that I was grabbing their attention, no one was on their phones or talking. So one of the things I said was “We can’t make you not do drugs and alcohol, that’s not realistic. I want y’all to understand that we are trying to show you all how to make good decisions and learn from our mistakes.” One of the things was I wanted to stress to our freshman is that drugs and alcohol can ruin your life in just two seconds, it doesn’t take long for it to make an impact on your life. After the assembly many freshman came up to me saying that my speech was really good and that it drew their attention in. I am honestly so proud that I am a senior lifeguard because I am able to teach them about subjects like drugs and alcohol as well as making an impact on their lives, and building strong relationships with that that will last a lifetime.

Meaningful Activities: Athletic Training- 4 years- 7 hours a week, Captain/Leader of the program
SOS Lifeguard- 1 year-8 hours a week- Lifeguard and Co-Chair to handle any of our fundraising events
Diamond Darlings- 2 years- President: bake for varsity baseball team

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: SOS is probably the most meaningful, it is a hard application process but so worth it at the end. I get to bond with freshman and teach them important lessons about high school

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: Being an SOS lifeguard we discuss many issues with our freshman each week, most of the time our lessons are about drugs and alcohol or relate back to drugs and alcohol.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 34

Essay Option 1: A time when I was aware of or experienced a situation related to drugs and alcohol was the night of my senior year high school homecoming dance. I did not personally put myself into a situation with drugs or alcohol, but a close friend of mine at the time did. My friends and I had planned to leave from the dance early, get ice cream, and then go to my house to have a simple night with each other for our last homecoming. As we were getting ready to leave from the dance, one of my friends decided to leave with her date instead. We respected her decision to go out with him while we carpooled to get ice cream. 
After we went back to school to pick up our cars, it just so happened that my friend and her date were back to pick up other's cars as well. My friends and I were taking pictures together before we left when we noticed my friend's date help her out of the car. She stumbled towards us, unable to walk and we helped her into my car. From the moment she saw us, she regretted what she had done. She told us how she went to a party with her date and how she drank too much. We took her back to my house, and on the drive back home, we listened to her complain about the bad decision she made that night.
Seeing a close friend of mine that affected by alcohol use taught me a lesson. This lesson is a small example of how alcohol can affect a person's life. Not only can drinking irresponsibly change the way your night goes, but it can change a person's life. It changed her and my perspective on how to drink responsibly. And for me, it especially taught me to not put myself in dangerous situations that could lead to bad decision making in not only alcohol use, but drug use as well.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: National Honors Society // Member 10-12 // 2 hours/week
National Spanish Honors Society // Member 11 VP 12 // 2 hours/week
National English Honors Society // Member 11-12 // 1 hour/week
Best Buddies // Member 10-12 // 1 hour/week
Bishop Lynch Ambassadors // Member 10-12 // 1 hour/week
Mu Alpha Theta // Member 10-12 // 1 hour/week
Student Leadership // Member 12 // 3 hours/week
Eucharistic Ministry // Member 12 // 1 hour/week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity is being a Bishop Lynch Ambassador. When I first started at my high school, I looked up to the students who gave me tours of the school and always dreamed of doing what they did. Being accepted to be apart of this organization makes me proud to know that I can accomplish what I put my mind to.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: I have participated in events that stand up against drug and alcohol use by taking part in activities organized by the club Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 35

Essay Option 1: When parents attend their children’s sports games they are expected to have a positive attitude towards the people who surround them, and those who are playing. However, not every parent is perfect. Yvone, a mother of three, would show up to her children’s games intoxicated with alcohol and drugs in her system. Although she may be different compared to other adults, she is my aunt, and no matter what she (or any other family) does she will always be the same person that we have loved before her addiction. 
Before her addiction, my aunt was identified as being a tough yet kind woman. My perception of her has changed throughout the years as the drugs and alcohol have altered her both physically and mentally. Her issues began when she started drinking when her children were only six years old. Her drinking led her to treating her kids poorly, starting with showing up at her children’s sporting events almost black out drunk and not being mentally sane. She never obtained help for her drinking issue and eventually she started getting hooked on drugs such as cocaine and meth. She never sought treatment for these issues and one day while all of her kids were off at college, and my uncle was at work, she took all that she could and stole my uncles car and left. Currently my family and I do not know where she is, and there is a warrant out for her arrest in Texas for writing illegal checks. 
Seeing how this has affected my uncle and my cousins lives, it has lead me to my understanding of how substance abuse effects not just the abusers life but also the lives that surround them. Drugs and alcohol alter peoples mental state and cause them to become addicted, this alteration can be permanent, similar to my aunts case. From the beginning of my aunt’s disappearance I have seen a negative change in my families behavior. Watching my family act like this teaches me that we do care for each member no matter the situation. If I were to (for some reason) take substances in the future and realize that it was beginning to affect those who surround me, my conscience would come into the situation and I would immediately stop the actions I would be performing. Reason be, is because I care about those who I enclose myself with. I know deep down inside my aunt’s heart she has a conscience, but not one strong enough to be there for those who should matter in her life. I have learned that if I do truly care about my family and friends, I will never perform negative actions that can steer me away from those I love.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Bishop Lynch Ambassador //Grades 10-12// 3 hours a week// Member
Student Council// Grades 11-12// 3 hours a week// Member
Student Leadership// Grade 12// 4 hours a week// Member
National Honors Society// Grades 11-12// 2 hours a week// Member
National English Honors Society// Grades 11-12// 2 hours a week // Historian
Rho Kappa// Grades 11-12// 2 hours a week// Member
Mu Alpha Theta// Grades 11-12// 2 hours a week// Member
Medical Honors Society// Grade 12// 2 hours a week// Member
Track and Field// Grades 9-11// 8 hours a week// Team member
Best Buddies// Grades 10-12// 2 hours a week// Member
Retreat Leader// Grades 11-12// 3 hours a week// Small group and prayer leader
Keist Elementary Student helper// Grade 12// 4 hours a week// Service member
Buddy League// Grade 11// 4 hours a week// Service member
Costa Rica Mission Trip// Grade 11// 96 hours for a week// Missionary

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: In the spring of 2016, I attended a mission trip to Costa Rica mission that opened my eyes to a new culture and allowed me to realize my passion for helping others. During this trip I was able to experience a broad perspective of life in a different country that allowed me to open up to others and realize that the true meaning of life is life itself.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 36

Essay Option 1: Looking back at my freshman year, I remember all the advice I had been given about how to study, how to make friends, and how to establish valuable relationships with my professors, but never about the value of abstaining. That lesson, like my ability to follow the other advice from my older friends and teachers, was a seed that then blossomed into my character and actions. 
One thing I never thought about when planning how to spend my high school years was how I would spend my weekends; could I go the football games, a play, or the movies? Wanting to meet as many new friends as possible in my first year of high school, I chose to go to the football game. Not yet knowing any of the upperclassmen’s names on the varsity team, I stood in the student section cheering. After my school’s running back crossed the goal line and scored a touchdown, the student section roared. Suddenly, I smelt the scent of alcohol from the students behind me. Not wanted to look back and confront anyone, especially classmates, about what was in their cups, I made an agreement to myself to abstain from alcohol and drugs. I believe that they were make a huge mistake, but I took their actions and behavior as lessons for my future decisions.
I believe that abstaining from alcohol and drugs requires a two sided approach. I abstain from alcohol out of respect for my body and out of respect for my future. Seeing minors intoxicated, I feared for their health. Knowing how alcohol addiction destroys brain cells, stifles motivation, and depressed a person’s senses, I fear that someone else my age is succumbing to the pressure and not making the right choice. In doing so, I think that most teenagers my age lose a grip on reality soon after their first drink of alcohol, especially when drinking solely for the purpose of being drunk. Evaluating the consequences of this person’s action, I avoid drugs and alcohol because I don’t want to accelerate any type of degradation of my body. I won’t allow drugs and alcohol to create a dependence of feeling a certain way or being in a certain condition.
The second reason I refuse to partake in drugs and alcohol is so I can stay focused on my educational goals. Many teens are very susceptible to becoming much concerned with being in a certain state instead of their natural chemical balance and having that take precedence over things that matter. I cannot be the student I want to be and have drugs in my life at the same time. True focus, I know, comes from my desire to succeed and I don’t think that same yearning would exist if I polluted my body with drugs and alcohol. I value my health and the balance of my body. I can attribute my college acceptances to staying sober and clean from drugs and alcohol for sure. 
I believe that the final reason I choose to abstain is because I am happy with myself and the outcomes of my decisions. When I think about the reasons people use drugs and alcohol, I think they either want to feel something or want to numb something else. I am perfectly fine with how my life is. I appreciate the challenges as well as the successes, so I don’t think alcohol or drugs are necessary to elevate my joy or depress my frustrations with my life. I think my character and my reputation would be tarnished if I didn’t stop and think before ever considering using alcohol or drugs.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: President, Dallas Area Diverse Youth Organization (DADYO): 12; Member: 9,10,11,12. 2 hours a week
Telos Leadership Society: 12. 1 hour a week
Gooch Elementary School Tutoring: 11,12. 1 hour a week
Growing and Empowering Minds for Success: 9, 10, 11,12. 1 hour a week
Brendan Court Summer Enrichment Program: 11. 1 hour a week
Political Forum: 9,10,11,12. 1 hour a week
Investment Club: 9,10,11,12. 1 hour a week
St. Mark's School of Texas Student Alumni Association: 11,12. 1 hour a week
Engineering Club:11,12. 1 hour a week
Marque Literary Magazine: 11, 12. 1 hour a week
New Student Club: 10,11,12. 1 hour a week
Austin Street Shelter Club: 11,12. 1 hour a week
Amnesty International Club: 11,12. 1 hour a week
CiCi’s Pizza Team Member:11,12. 1 hour a week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: As a DADYO member and president, i met monthly with other students to discuss race relations, the importance of diversity in society, political correctness, gender identity, and police brutality. As President, I also coordinated meetings for the local St. Mark’s DADYO club discussions as well as a host meeting for the other six DADYO schools such as the Hockaday School, the Greenhill School, Parish Episcopal School, Jesuit College Preparatory of Dallas, the Ursuline Academy of Dallas, and the Episcopal School of Dallas to join in larger-scale discussion. I created discussion topics around relevant topics that are controversial and divisive to provoke varying perspectives such as the 2016 presidential election, the condition of race relations in America, and social awareness of different types of people. I arranged for 10 students from the Episcopal School of Dallas, the Hockaday School, and St. Mark’s School of Texas to attend Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue: Summer 2016
§ At the summit, discussed “Gender Identity & Expression,” “Refugees in the USA,” and “Respect[ing] Cultural Diversity and Pluralism."

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 37

Essay Option 1: I have never really had a home I can call my own. I was 5 years old when one night my mother hurriedly took me out of bed and gathered all of our possessions. She was breathing rapidly and heavily while trying to put on my shoes. We ran out of the house. It was night and I can remember just how still the air was around us. We found our way to a large vehicle, filled with people, about a mile. My mom began to calm down. We got in and traveled for hours in dead silence until we reached our destination- a dark, soggy river bank. Our guide, “the man” (that is what everyone called him) picked me up and carried me on his shoulders. As he carefully entered the water, still dazed and confused, I remained uncharacteristically quiet. Typically, gregarious by nature, I did not scream nor whimper as “the man” swam across brown, cold river. I could see my mother desperately hanging onto a black tire with many others as she made her way to me. Wet, cold, and dirty my body felt numb as we slogged through the mud on the other side of the river. I finally mustered enough courage to whisper to my mother, “A donde vamos?” My mother tiredly replied, “To see your daddy.”
The hardest part of growing up in this country illegally is to be here to experience a family fall apart. Since the age of 5 I had to live with a family where the addiction of alcohol and drugs bring nothing but domestic violence. Within the years of living here; my mother decided to always live near her parents, brothers and sisters. Uncle Israel is what I call him. He is a very hard worker with a warm heart. However, that warm heart turn to cold ice as soon as he starts to have more than a 12 pack of beer. He loses control to the point where the liquor takes control over him. He is the type of person who will beat my “tia” to death. He has hit her in front on my primos. It is not right when his children of the age of 4 and 10 have to experience this domestic violence. Children turn to be like their parents because that’s what they been seeing since day one. These kids end up doing poorly in school because their parents are never at home. Parents are always working and kids stay home alone causing them to grow without love and parenting.

My uncle Lolo had everything a family, a home, and love. Everything fell apart when one day he was pulled over by a police officer. He was taken into jail and was in prison for 2 years. Later after 2 years he was deported back to Mexico. Leaving his wife and two children without a husband and a father. My tia was devastated and heartbroken that she felt that she couldn’t afford to leave the American dream without her husband. She sold her house and the ranch and left back to Mexico with my uncle. . Those kids are U.S citizens living in a country where they do not receive health care, education and a proper living home. They are now 10 years old and have a baby born brother. Today in Ahualulco, education is being neglected for the younger generation, because many people can’t afford to pay for it. They ended up moving back to the United States; they are now living in with us. They are starting elementary in the 3rd and 4th grade. Without knowing any English. They are starting like me from the bottom without knowing an English word. 
Alcohol just doesn’t destroy the person but everyone around it. This has triggered me to be the best I could be. I like to be part of organizations where I can make a difference. The difference that my family and I are going to make is that my cousins will stay in school. They will grow with love but importantly they will not grow in a family of domestic violence due to alcohol.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: • Robotics: (Vehicle Designer) 10th Grade (5 Hours a week)
• National Honor Society 11th and 12th Grade (5 Hours a week)
• Student Council: Coordinator of Communication 12th Grade (5 Hours a week)
• Interact: Treasurer 11th Grade (5 Hours a week)
• Interact: Treasurer 12th Grade (5 Hours a week)
• Color Guard: 11th Grade Lieutenant (5 Hours a week)
• Color Guard: 12th Grade 1st Lieutenant (5 Hours a week)
• AVID: 9th -12th Grade Member (5 Hours a week)

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Interact has made me a humble person. It is an organization that allows students to give back to those with the most help. We mostly volunteer in organizations such North Texas food bank and Dallas Marathons. It gives us the opportunity to have a visual of life; lets us know that there’s a lot of things happening and there is a lot we can do with volunteering. We are the ones who can make a change in today’s society. Color guard has motivated me to be myself without having negative effects. Dancing in the field with the flag has made an escape for me, it triggers me to forget all the pain there is inside of me. These two organizations have motivated me to stay in school and be the best I could ever be.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 38

Essay Option 1: Every so often while surfing the web for news, some articles have problems related to either drugs or alcohol. As I reflect on the past, I remember the dangers of abusing either of the substances. From my surroundings, others try to pass it on as something cool or hip to do not caring about the consequences that could happen between them and the people they are with. As I continue to graduate high school, I am more exposed to alcohol and drugs as the years go by making me think about the substances and dealing with them.
Starting with my close friend, his exposure to both drugs and alcohol allows me to questions myself how to avoid the temptation and dangers that it beholds. As time passes by, so does he continue to do drugs, but not as a crazy as the junkies who do all different kinds of dangerous substances. At first, my friend managed to weed or marijuana from people at his school and kept telling me how safe it is. He continues to persuade me saying it allows the person to concentrate better, feel good, and doesn’t affect any kind of skills as much. I disagreed, but he tells me how his sister would always drive him around while she was high, which made me wonder that maybe marijuana isn’t so bad. Despite the persuasion, I know the attitude people tend to have from doing drugs in my experiences around them, and knowing how hard it is for me to work together with them in a project, including my friend. When it comes to others doing drugs, I tend to tense myself thinking about how much a waste of money it is to purchase such items to temporary relieve oneself, along with the addiction to continue it even more for a longer period of time. Overall, the more people I see that use it or tells me how safe it is, makes me more likely to give in towards the temptation to do drugs as it was a test to resist as much as I can compared to others.
The uses of alcohol of others also affected my way of thought towards those people and the dangers of it. Despite the drinking age imposed towards the age of 21, I see a lot of people and hear their stories of drinking at parties while under the age of 21. As I try to reason with myself why people want to drink, I came with a conclusion people want to have fun and not feel a care about anything that happens. Usually in the long run, some people find it fun to get sick from drinking and would often have parties to invite others over. Luckily, I do not attend the parties as I might finding disturbing people wobbling around and not thinking straight, which ends with them acting appropriate. Personally, the heavy drinking that I witness goes against my morals that I developed over time and doesn’t interest me as much knowing the many dangers from the intoxication. Overall, I see many people around me use alcohol as a way to relax and have fun not acknowledging the consequences, but rather ignoring them. 
The awareness in my situations dealing with drugs and alcohol changed my opinions about both objects. The more I’m pressured, the more I resist as I relate to the temptation of doing drugs and drinking at an inappropriate a danger against my morals. Close people to me tend to starting doing both as it is the new fad crossing the country. However, while others succumb to the addiction, I continue to strive on to live a better life and find alternatives to happiness instead of relying on drugs or alcohol.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Bowling Team // Grades 10-12 // 2-4 hours per week // Varsity Player

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: The Bowling team for BL was the most meaningful activity as a made new people with similar interests as I do. Despite being competitive, I tend to have more fun than playing other competitive sports. Since it's all about having fun, it truly means it as like other sports where it's the opposite. The game is mostly based off the individual as they can reach state in solo or as a team overall. It was better for me to try my best even though i may not make it to state as a team, I can always try out for individual too. As playing for 3 years, my interest in bowling continued as i joined summer leagues. Bowling is probably one of the best ways I can create relationships, and strengthen the bond between parent and child as they can participate in their own league.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 39

Essay Option 1: The use of alcohol became quite apparent to me at a young age. My father was an chronic alcohol user and it took a toll on his brain. I have always admired my father because of quick wit and intelligence. I saw his alcohol use as nothing more than leisure, until the time came when I realized alcohol was a destructive substance. He had been becoming more and more distant with my brothers and I, and spent a large amount of time on the couch drinking beer. Most nights he would just fall asleep, highly intoxicated, and wake up in the morning then resume. Talking to him became very difficult. His favorite activity became getting very inebriated over and over again. 
Consequently, communication became a chore. He insisted that he did not have a problem, even though it was obvious he did. His thought process started becoming muffled by the alcohol. His brain pattern altering ever so slightly every time he got drunk. The problem that all alcoholics have in common is the ignorance to the effects of alcohol. Some, just like my father, do not even realize that they have a problem.
One day, when I was in kindergarten I came home from a friends and saw something I would never forget. It was my father standing over my mother in tears, as she clutched the side of her face. He was very drunk and slapped her. I knew alcohol was the cause mostly because my father is naturally a very gentle man. 
All in all, I took a vow to never let alcohol damage my life. High school has had its fair deal of peer pressure and temptations but I can proudly say I have kept this promise to myself.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Soccer -> 10,11, 10 hours a week, varsity mid fielder
National Hispanic Institute -> 9th, 3 hours a week, cross examination
Cross Country 9th

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Soccer is my most meaningful activity because I've been playing since I was 3, and was ultimately an escape from problems at home such as alcohol.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: At my high school we had something called Rachel's challenge, which was a stand against bullying, alcohol and drug abuse. I was the leader for my peer group.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 40

Essay Option 1: I experienced a situation related to alcohol in the past year due to troubles I was going through at the time. I was not emotionally stable and was having issue at home. My older friends were going to college and started to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, I succumbed to peer pressure and found reason to indulge in these activities. I used alcohol as an escape to the emotional stress and problems I was enduring. This had negative consequences in my personal and academic life. I used alcohol as a way to solve my problems, but instead created more trouble by dropping my grades and becoming less involved in school. I realized that alcohol did not solve my personal issues or made them better. Instead, it dragged me down by interfering with my academics. I looked at the people I have met who were involved with drugs and alcohol. I looked at my friends and the people surrounding them, and realized that it was not worth it. I thought about was kind of person I want to be and what I want to accomplish. I thought about my goal in life and the wonderful future I could have. I looked at the people around me and saw how their lives were ruined by drugs and alcohol. That is not what I wanted for myself, so I stopped. I said no to drugs and alcohol and strived to better my life. I tried to talk to my friends into making better choices, but no avail. I decided to lead by example, and chose not to follow my friends and dedicate my time to school and my personal well-being. Hopefully this resonates with the people I have met and encourages them to make better choices.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Orchestra // Grades 9-12 // 5 hours per week // 1st chair
Starting off strong (SOS) // Grade 12 // 1 hour per week
National Honor Society // Grades 10-12 // 1 hour per week
Children's Hospital Volunteer Program // Grade 10 // 8 hours for 5 weeks
Professional Internship Program // Grade 12 // 4 hours per week
Drugs and alcohol assembly // Grade 12 // 2 hours

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity is the starting off strong program (SOS) because it has helped many freshman with issues like bullying and substance usage over the last few years. Starting off strong is a program where certain seniors are selected to teach and helps freshman class over issues commonly encountered in high school. I am grateful for being a part of this program because it has allowed me to make a positive impact in my freshman's lives that will hopefully guide them in the right directions later on in life. SOS has allowed me to share my experiences as a high school senior in order to teach the freshman lessons that will help them avoid common mistakes and peer pressure in high school.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: Yes, I have served as a leader among my school community by being an SOS lifeguard. I was able to share my story and teach freshman a lesson on substances abuse and ways to avoid it during our drugs and alcohol assembly and awareness week.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: Yes, I used it to cope emotional turmoil and domestic issues. I went through a journey of realization and chose not to participate in such activities anymore. I realized the negative effect and the future I was giving up due to alcohol. In the end, I decided to focus back on school and my personal well-being.

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 41

Essay Option 1: Throughout my life, the influence of drugs and alcohol has anyways been around me. From family gatherings, with that one cousin getting too tipsy to drive, or seeing a family member behind bar for selling drugs. In the media, drugs and alcohol are depicted as exciting and that everyone tries a thing or two but that’s not reality. I’ve seen a family member walk out on my cousins just for drugs, and another family member in jail for 20 years because he couldn’t stop making fast money. Illegal drugs, although seen as fun, are destroyers of families and society. These drugs cause hurt and hardships on not only the person using them but the others around them as well. 
When I was 7 my cousins Alexis and Chad lived with us for a couple of months. At the time, I didn’t understand why but soon I found out. When we were going to school, I looked out the window and asked Alexis if that lady on the street was her mom. She didn’t answer but turned her head down and started to cry. That women that I saw on the street begging was her mom; my oldest cousin Pam. She was addicted to crack cocaine and my parents had to house her children (my cousins) because she abandoned them for drugs. She left them for 3 days without any supervision, and that’s why they we staying with my family. From that day on I knew how vividly drugs hurt people. A part of my close family was broken part all for that “high” that most addicts chase to get. I made a pact with myself that even if pressured I would never try or experiment with any drugs, and even today I stay with my word. Drugs to me are not seen as a “good time”, but a hazard and perilous activity. To prevent anyone that I know from getting hurt I’ll always volunteer to be the safe driver or pull people away when I know they have drunk too much. I’m not bothered by paying an Uber to take someone home if it prevents a life from being taken. From seeing my own family affected I know how substance abuse can really devastate a life and for that reason I will always stand against the use of illegal drugs, and always stand in to prevent drinking and driving.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: 2013 - Present
Teaching Vacation Bible School
2013 - Present
Member in Children and Youth Choir at Hopewell MBC
Volunteer
June 2014 - May 2015
White Rock YMCA- Caretaker
• 5 hours/week
• Total: 60 Hours
June 2015 - August 2015
Skyline Dallas Public Library- Volunteer/Program Leader
• 5 hours/ week
• Total: 60 hours
June 2015- Present
South Dallas Nursing Home/ Bradfield Nursing Facility- Volunteer/Program Leader
• Every 4th Saturday of the month
• Total: 24 hours
June 2015- Present
Feeding the Homeless at Dallas Life - Volunteer/Program Leader
• Every 3rd Saturday of the month
• Total: 24 hours
October 2016- Present
Head start of Greater Dallas- Volunteer
• Every other day of the week
• Total: 60 hours

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Service to me represents not chore but joy, that I enjoy doing. I volunteer and do service not for personal gain but for the bonds and impact that you truly make while doing it. It is so easy to forget that the homeless man that most pass had a home and family just like the average person. Service fulfils and gives me a sense of pride and humility. I am proud that I can say that I have helped many people and have helped them get back settled, but it humbles me because when I have the opportunity to give I will always contribute because I realize that I could have been in the same circumstance.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree

 

Applicant 42

Essay Option 1: As the basketball team neared playoffs, we were in good shape to make a lengthy run, maybe even to the state tournament. We had put in countless hours of practice during 5th period, after school, Saturday mornings, and in our own free time, practicing and preparing for our moment in the postseason. It had been an incredible season so far and we were ready to sustain all of our momentum going into the postseason. Then something unexpected happened.
The playoffs began near the end of February and only three games remained until we reached that point. Though we thought the holiday season was over, along with the distractions that came with it, a photo suddenly emerged from an unknown source of three of my teammates at a New Year’s party where alcohol was present. Soon, the school took action, and two players were suspended for our first playoff game while our best scorer was out for the season. We were both stunned and extremely frustrated as a team, but all of us realized that the situation could have been avoided had everyone made the decision to stay away from any substances that night, or any night. 
I had never engaged in any activities involving drugs or alcohol before, as had many other teammates. Although we may have felt somewhat let down, we knew that the three suspended players felt even worse for how they affected the team and what consequences this could have on the season as a whole. I knew after witnessing their genuine apologies that having to deal with a situation like that was not something that I ever wanted to be a part of. I never wanted to worry about someone finding out about any illegal activity of mine. I never wanted to deal with the paranoia of underage drinking, worrying about punishment or exposure. I never wanted to have to let my friends down due to a bad decision that could have been avoided.
Our team came together after the suspensions were handed out and we fought hard to win our last three games and even managed to gain a few playoff victories. What I learned from that season, though, was how illegal usage of drugs and alcohol can not only significantly hurt the user, but can also negatively affect their closest friends. Though I had previously resisted drugs and alcohol, this was a personal experience that couldn’t validate the wisdom of that decision any stronger.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: HPHS Mens Basketball Team | 9-12 | Freshman - Varsity | 12 hours week / 32 weeks/year | Captain JV Gold Junior year
Classical Piano Instruction | 1-12 | 5 hours/week | 40 weeks/per year | Perform pieces by Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Sonatina Festivals
HPHS Student Ambassador | 10-12 | 1 hour/week | 10 weeks /year
Young Men's Service League | 9-12 | 2 hours/week | 18 weeks/year | President, Historian, Vice President of Boys Meetings, Sergeant at Arms
Park Cities Presbyterian Church | Young Mens's Bible Study | 9-12 | 2 hours/week | 30 weeks/year | Host Bible study each week
Tartan Art Board | 11-12 | 1 hour/week | 2 weeks/year
True Grit Organization | 11-12 | 2 hours/week | 4 weeks/year
American Institute of Architects Student Club HPHS Chapter | 11-12 | 1 hour/week | 10 weeks/year | Founder and President

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Playing basketball has only influenced and assisted my decision to avoid situations where drugs and alcohol may be present, as it has put me on a pedestal to be a good example to those looking up to me and allowed me to work with other teammates in avoiding drug or alcohol usage.

Have you ever served as a leader among your peer group or in the community regarding issues with alcohol or other drugs?: Yes

If yes, please explain.: I host a weekly Bible study during which my friends and I can freely talk about struggles we have with the temptation of drugs and alcohol and may strengthen others as a group to make the right decisions regarding those substances.

Have you ever been convicted of an offense (other than traffic violation) by a government entity? : No

If yes, please explain.:

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?: No

If yes, please explain.:

All information in my application is complete, factually correct and honestly presented.: Agree