CARE Scholarship Applicants

Applicant 1

Essay Option 2: As a senior in high school, I have not only heard a lot about the use of alcohol, but I have watched the effects of it many times over. I have never chosen to be a part of it, but I know it is seen as the "normal" thing to do as a high schooler. When I was a freshmen, I remember thinking how crazy it was to hear about people and listen to their stories that involved alcohol, but as time went by I sadly became numb to the fact that this was a normal thing my peers chose to participate in.
With each year, the more frequent parties become and therefore the more stories and issues with alcohol and smoking become. I have seen so many people choosing to use alcohol and drugs and have watched it rob them of joy and many times their God given talents. Sadly, many of my relationships have changed, especially this Senior year. It is easy to see how quickly alcohol takes over your life and once you start drinking, it's hard to go out and have fun without it.
On weekends, I would be called to come and pick up people, just to make sure they get home safely. There have been times when I have to take care of others at parties and it was become a weekly activity for me.
Through my experiences as I have shared, I have learned how unappealing it is to have a substance take over your mind and body. I have seen alcohol get the best of people and it truly has proved to me how much I don't want to be apart of it. I find it so sad that so many people rely on this substance to bring them "joy" and "a fun night"; I find it hard to believe after all I have seen that alcohol and drugs bring true joy and happiness.

Meaningful Activities: Cross Country // Grades 11-12 // 25+ hours per week // Team Captain
Track // Grades 11-12 // 27+ hours // Runner
Best Buddies // Grades 9-12 // 5 hours per week // Peer Buddy (Grades 9-10th)-Vice President (Grades 11-12th)

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: As a junior I joined the Cross Country team after surgery on my shoulder due to playing volleyball my freshmen and sophomore year. I was welcomed with open arms to the team. As a new junior, I learned quickly from the captains what it looked like to be a person everyone wanted to be around and someone everyone looked up to. You have to be happy, inviting, encouraging, and fun to be around; you have to stay true to who you are. I got to know so many people on the team and it became a family to me. I was sad to be done with volleyball in the moment but I would not change a thing after being apart of this team.
After one year on the team, my second year (senior year) I was elected to be on of the team captains; I knew this was God's plan for me. I am beyond blessed to have been apart of this team and I am thankful for the opportunity I got to lead such an amazing group of people. This, to me, was the most meaningful part of high school to me.

Volunteer Activities: Ronald McDonald House // Grades 9-12 // 1 hour per week // Served the family's meals and got to establish relationships with them
New Friends New Life // Grades 9-12 // 1 hour per week // Served the kids dinner and got to hangout with them while their moms have group sessions

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 captain of my Cross Country team, I spoke at the Parent/Athlete Meeting regarding the use of drugs and alcohol; this was just the start. I spoke once a week about my coaches favorite saying, "remember who you are and who you represent." I used this quote to help my teammates and I remember that the choices we make reflect not only reflect ourselves but our family and our team. My team and I knew what our coaches stance was on participating in this sort of activity and so as a leader I became someone my team could look up to for them to see that you don't have to participate in the use of drugs and alcohol to have a good time.

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: My high school experience at a Performing Arts school has been very life changing. It has been very emotional at times. Since my sophomore year, there has been a student death every year. The deaths included suicide, a health condition and the one that hurt the most was from taking drugs. I remember it like it was yesterday.
My classmate, who sat next to me in Creative Writing class took some unknown tablets and ended up jumping to his death on Central Expressway during the school day. Damian Garcia was an artist who played the cello like no other. The devastation of his death shocked the entire school. There were so many unanswered questions, what ifs and wonderings. There were people from the district offices, news media and Dallas Police at the campus interviewing students to investigate the situation for days. It was an extremely sad loss of a friend and classmate.
As afternoon activities were cancelled you could hear and see students hugging, crying and coming together. As my tears dripped, I thought about how this would be with me forever. The impact that this devastating event caused will for sure keep me from encountering or being around any substance use. It is up to me to take this experience and use it as a message from God.

Meaningful Activities: Dance- Repertory Company I/ 11th and 12th grade (during the school day; 10-12 hours a week in dance classes)

Dance Industry Studio Company- 9th-12th grade; 12 hours

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Dance is my life! I’ve been dancing since I was three years old. Every opportunity I have to dance, it’s meaningful. I connect my dancing to my life experiences so it’s always meaningful.

Volunteer Activities: Taught Dance Class:New Jersey/ 10th grade/2hrs/taught jazz class and contemporary class

FLS Walk/ 9-12th grade/Helped with registration

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 3

Essay Option 1: Till this day every time I close my eyes before I go to sleep I hear gunshots in my head. As I grew up my siblings followed a bad path. I constantly saw them in and out of the house. My parents were working night shifts at the time, and by the time they got home, I would have already left for school. I constantly saw people in the corners of the streets making drug deals or running away from the cops. I had to take care of myself starting at a very young age and that has taught me many things you wouldn't imagine a young kid to be capable of. The knowledge and humility I gained from things that have happened in my life are indispensable.

At the age of 8, I witnessed gunshots being shot, and my bedroom window being shattered as the bullets entered. I witnessed with my own eyes people shooting at other people as I peeked through my blinds. I witnessed many violent drug scenes as I grew up, but it didn’t lead me into making bad decisions or falling into a weak mentality. At the age of 9, I saw both of my brothers get charged with 5 years each. Because of the of drugs and in being in gangs. Because of drugs I had to live in fear as I grew up. I was always around drugs and gangs, and had every chance in becoming a reckless kid who does dumb nonsense and follow the path that my environment wanted me to be on, a path full of mistakes and failure. The reason why many joined gangs was to have money. Everyone was peer pressured in trying to get out of the “hood” and the only way of doing that was to get money, even if it meant to bad way. But I didn’t fall into that even if I hated living where I lived with such a passion. I told myself I was not going to cause my parents pain once again. Starting at a young age I told myself that I was not going to go on the wrong path even if I had every chance to. I learned from the mistakes that others would do around me. It could just be the way I think, but many who are surrounded by a bad environment always seem to fall into the same habits. My parents distanced themselves more and more as time passed by as I was a kid. Maybe it was because of the bills that had to be paid and they had to get overtime at work to make a certain amount of money or maybe it was because every time they would look at me they would see my brothers in me and they would think that I was going to commit the same mistakes they did and do more damage to them. There were many things my parents missed out on as I grew up. There were many things in life that I had to learn by myself. Many things that I have done by myself that have taught me how to succeed only by having myself and no one else.

Never did I have the support of anyone or anything. The only thing that was holding me together was myself. I have learned many lessons all throughout my life because of the many mistakes my brothers have made. I have learned how to keep myself together even though there were many things that would make me fall into pieces. I have learned to keep pushing forward even when I had every reason to not. But most importantly all the lessons I have learned as I grew up made me become into a undeterrable human being who will never let my environment define who I’ll be because my determination drives me to unlimited success.

Meaningful Activities: (A)davancment (V)ia (I)ndividual (D)etermination // 10th-12th // Member
Spanish Club // 10th-12th // 4 hours a week // Secretary
National Honor Society // 10th-12th // 2 hours a week // Member
Spanish Honor Society // 9th-12th // 2 hours a week // Member
Student Government // 11th- 12th // 2 hours a week // Delegate
S.O.S and organization that guides and mentors freshmen to success // 5 hours a week // 12th grade // Lifeguard
Cross Country // 12th grade // 5 hours a week // Member
Varsity Softball // 10 hours a week // 9th-12th // Captain

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: S.O.S and organization that has made such a positive impact in my life. I get to experience helping others in anything in their life and get to be a support system for them. A back to lean on when things get tough. I used my energy, friendliness, and caring for others to help make a difference in young lives by being able to give love and be a role model to many freshmen who are in the need of a person to help and show them a right path through my role as an SOS Lifeguard. One day I had Edwin, one of my freshmen have a meltdown; we’re talking about ripping his papers apart in the middle of class with such strong anger. I pulled him out to the hall and talked to him. He told me, with a voice were you could tell he was on edge of just giving up, that he just couldn’t do it, that he has no one to help him. The moment we finished that conversation I told myself that I was going to help him in every way possible. I made sure he was eating all three meals, passing his classes with high grades, and just making sure that he was succeeding. I was able to pull him out of that dark hole that he was in. I was able to make this kid change his perspective on life. And I will continue in contributing theses things in many lives as I grow because it fosters an unexplainable emotion that helps me as a person be a person who can give a hand to someone in need. Because I know how difficult the struggle of not having support system is.

Volunteer Activities: S.O.S. Lifeguard // 12th grade // 5 hours a week // lifeguard
College and career fair set ups // 10th-12th // 5 hours a week
RISD Elementary carnivals // 10th-12th // 2 hours a week

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, in S.O.S we host a yearly event where we create an assembly for freshmen as a lesson for them to not to do drugs. As a lifeguard I was responsible in making sure this event go as planned. I was able to work among other lifeguards and coastguards to make this event happened. We created meaningful personal experienced stories and shared them with the freshmen. We went up on stage and talked about the personal experiences we had with drugs or alchol and why we choose not to do them.

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: Growing up, I was never around drugs or alcohol. I had never seen it because I had never been to a house that was serving alcohol or had people smoking. Still to this day, I have not physically been exposed to any of these substances, yet my uncle was an addict. I grew up with him and he was my best friend. At five years old, I never understood why the rest of my family didn’t want to hang out with him or why they didn’t worship him like I did. When I moved from Houston to Dallas, I became aware of a situation that he was an addict. For all of my childhood, I looked up to him and confided in him. I still love him with all my heart, but growing up worshiping someone who is not who you think they are, is heartbreaking. After finding this out, it made me more aware of how drugs and alcohol hurt relationships. Knowing this, I am very against substances in general, which made me want to join the club I am in, Arrow. This is a club that mentors 8th grade girls on the peer pressures in high school and how to stay away from them. This club has influenced me because the upperclassman are the leaders of the younger students. Being the co-president has taught me how important it is to set morals and values for yourself. I have stuck by never drinking or doing drugs, because it isn’t something I need. Having a family member who was and still is addicted, continues to teach me the importance of staying sober.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Swim team// Grades 9-12// 5 hours per week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: This has been apart of my life since I was 6. It was something that was my escape from studying or chores. It taught me patience and to never give up on something you love.

Volunteer Activities: Special Olympics Swim Team// Grades 10-11// 2 hours per week// Swim Teacher
Voice of Hope// Grade 12// 2 hours per week (every other Thursday for NHS)// After school helper

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 am co-president with my twin sister for the club Arrow. It helps to mentor 8th grade girls on the pressures in high school and how to stay away from drinking and drugs.

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 5

Essay Option 1: There are many people in high school who drink and we all know that. It all depends if you want to take part in the drinking crowd or not. All of my life I have grown up not apart of the drinking crowd. It wasn't that I wasn't "included", I just never felt the needed to take part in that scene. My parents have raised me to make my own choices and suffer the consequences that come with my choices. They know that I don't hang around people that drink on the weekends and for that reason I have gained more trust in them than most kids my age have with their parents. One thing I will say is that I have friends who do both. I have friends who drink on the weekends, but I don’t associate with them on weekends. I hangout with my friends that don't feel the need to drink to enjoy themselves. Because I am co-president of Arrow, people in my grade know that I don't drink and they don't treat me any differently. I have had many people call me on the weekends and say "Hey I know you are busy but I've been drinking and need to get home but everyone I'm with has also been drinking. Is there any way you can give me a ride home, because I know you haven't been drinking?” There has never been a time where I turned someone who was under the influence down for a safe ride home. Sometimes, others are more drunk, and seeing them in this state just helps to show me why I don't take part in what they do. This doesn't make me look at them any differently or treat them differently either. I can't ever change that person's opinion about drinking, but they see how much fun my friends and I are having and we aren't drunk. I have had times where people also say "All of my close friends are going out and drinking tonight and I don't want to do that. Is there any way I can come hangout with you and your friends for the night?" I am always happy when this happens because then I get the chance to show them how fun life is without drinking, and hopefully change their mind without harassing them about it. When I see people who are drunk it helps to remind myself why I don’t. These people most likely won’t remember what happened the next morning, they probably did embarrassing things, made a fool of themselves, and will regret it the next morning. I never want to wake up and forget what happened the night before. I always want to remember my life and choices I made. People everywhere drink, and all we can do is be there for them when they need a sober night out, a safe ride home, or even someone to talk to.

Meaningful Activities: Varsity Swim Team/ Grades 9-12/ 7-8 hours per week
National Honor Society/ Grades 11-12
Arrow(Club)/ Grades 10-12/ 1 hour per week/ Co-President- 12th grade
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Club)/ 1-2 hours per week/ Grades 9-12/ Recruiter- 12th grade

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity was the club Arrow. In this club, we as high school students help 8th grade girls with the transition into high school. We talk to them about how to make right choices, and how to avoid substances that are heavily used in high school. It has helped me to create great relationships with the younger girls, and also makes my day when they come to me for advice in any category.

Volunteer Activities: Voice of Hope/ Grades 11-12/ Volunteer
Special Olympics/ Summer of 2015/ 2 hours per week/ Instructor

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 a co-president of Arrow which is a club against drinking and drugs.

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 6

Essay Option 1: Pleasant Grove is a small city in the Dallas Metroplex area. And to tell you the truth, there is nothing "pleasant" about it. There are more liquor stores than there are school's in this area, which isn't the best environment for kids to succeed & growing up here. The roads here have been under construction for as long as I have lived here and when they do get "fixed" they are worse than before. Right across the street from my home, is the official meet up spot for weekend car races. It's an every Sunday thing, tires screeching, the smell of burnt rubber, and just gunshots that can be heard a mile away. This town, or as people call it, "The Grove" has just about everything you can think of. Despite every bad thing mentioned, I love calling it home. Having to live in a community where education is not required to make your "rich," it is hard to keep your hopes up. With all of this in mind, imagine how many people actually do end up obtaining a high school diploma, very little.
Starting in middle school, I had a whole new perspective of what life was here and I knew I did not want it. Girls at the age of 13 were already doing drugs, skipping school, and getting into nonstop fights. It became an everyday thing to see fights after school and during lunch, it was crazy. I didn't know what life was going to bring for me in the future but I knew that it wasn't going to be a "16 and pregnant" episode. Middle school was just so crazy for someone so young to experience, the mentality that other older and bad kids had was something I never wanted to experience. As a sixth grader, I remember that there was this week called "Blacks versus Hispanics," worst week in the history of my middle school. In the courtyard after lunch, one side was of course African Americans and the other was Hispanics. No matter if you were participating or not you had to be where you belonged, there really wasn't a choice. I knew I wanted to get away from all that so I took a giant step and joined the Early College program, after eight grade, at my home high school.

When we moved to Texas, in 2007, I had my whole life planned. I knew what I wanted to be, where I wanted to live, and what type of house I wanted. Those where just dreams of my timeline. At the end of middle school, I knew I wanted to go to Town View, take as many AP classes as I could, and get the best grades. That changed, I decided to stay at Samuell and join the Early College program. I do not regret joining the program because it gave me the opportunity to go to college and work towards my Associates of Science and still obtain the credits for high school graduation. This program has thought me how to persevere through stress and time management, how to properly speak and meet with professors, completing due dates without being constantly being babied and reminded "remember we have homework three due on Thursday." This would have never been taught to me until after high school graduation, and worse thing is I would have had to learn it myself. This program has given me the opportunity to change the whole idea of what attending school in Pleasant Grove is.
As I keep going through Eastfield and persevering through all the stress with college and high school graduation right around the corner, I'm glad that I took the step forward to not let Pleasant Grove's reputation keep me down. I did not want to end up as a pregnant teen, doing drugs, or even working at Mc Donald's getting minimum wage because of my actions. With all this in mind, I have "The Grove" to thank for everything I accomplished. If it wasn't for me wanting to change the history of this town then it would just continue to live up to its name. If want to keep withstanding the attitude of this town, then I'm going through the correct "under construction" rode and I have my home to thank for it.

Meaningful Activities: Student Council // Grade 9 // 10-12 hours per week // Treasure
Golf // Grade 10 // 8 hours per week // Varsity
Softball // Grade 10 // 10 hours per week // First-Base

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Golf has opened a lot of doors for me. It allowed me to meet a lot of new people despite it being such a quiet sport. Because of Golf, I am applying for a scholarship that is based on my Golf Skills.

Volunteer Activities: ECHS Recruiting // Grades 9-12 // 8 hours per week // Help with Early College Program Interviews and acceptance.
Salvation Army // Grade 12 // 2 hour per week // Soccer Coach for kids ages 9-11
Love of the Lake // Grade 12 // 3 hours per week // Help clean-up White Rock Lake

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 7

Essay Option 1: Drugs and alcohol were always thing grown-ups told me to stay away from as a child. I’m pretty sure most people can relate to that. I never knew why or what the effects were, I just knew to stay away. However, as I got older I slowly understood their reasoning as we began learning the physical and mental effects of drugs. What I didn’t learn was that drugs cause the entire behavior of a person to change permanently, influencing the decisions of that person drastically. It wasn’t until I was on the bus on the way to a track meet till I heard a story about a guy we passed by on the street whose life changed forever.
There was once a guy who attended my school named Chris Madoff, he was a great baseball player and planned on declaring for the MLB Draft. He was loved by everyone, well almost. He was a guy that couldn’t be mentioned in the same sentence as drugs. A well-oiled Christian machine who was working towards something huge in life. It was said that he would spread positivity around the entire school giving hope that dreams come true with hard work. Chris just had a few more months of making the right decisions until his big pay day. Due to his popularity of course, he made lots of friends and also many jealous foes whose lives didn’t seem just as bright as his. However, Chris was a trustworthy guy who saw the best in everyone he knew. On a nice spring day. Madoff would make a decision that changed his life forever. He was peer pressured to consume drugs by a group of people he called friends. After countless times of denying that he would do it, he felt as if it would cause no harm only doing it one time, assuming he wouldn’t become addicted. The minute he took one single hit of marijuana his life changed right there. What Chris didn’t know is that the guys put a “lace” on his drug which contains embalming fluid. This substance is actually put in dead people. It corrupts the brain if put in live people and adds a strong addiction to the drug. Chris never seen it coming but his addiction indeed did become so strong that he would lose his athletic ability and be revoked from the MLB Draft. He is now seen walking and sleeping on the streets of Duncanville to this day 15 years after that devastating evening. When my teammates and I heard this heartfelt story, we were shocked and truly felt his pain. From that point on I knew that drugs were not for me. Not only is it physically unhealthy, but it takes your mind to a different place that you truly never get out of. If you don’t have control over your mind then life can be pretty hard. There are numerous effects that people ignore for that temporary pleasure and permanent damage. The mind is a gift from God that is a terrible thing to waste. I am proud to say I have never consumed drugs and don’t plan on it in my lifetime. I never once even feel left out because I surround myself with individuals who have the same mindset and long term goals as mine. This is an easy way to stay out of trouble and be impacted positively. I am now on a football scholarship where I will be attending West Texas A & M University to pursue a degree in finance.

Meaningful Activities: Duncanville Football grades 9-12
Duncanville Basketball 9th grade only\
Duncanville Track 11-12 grade

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Duncanville Football is my most meaningful because I received a scholarship to play in college and its my passion and a dream I've had since 7

Volunteer Activities: Busy Been Summer Camp/ Assistant/ Grade 11-12/ 20 + Hours a week

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 led by example and it is noticed by many. People look up to me because of my strong mind. I try and rub my light on people around me to make a better world.

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 8

Essay Option 1: Substance abuse has been a hot topic in my senior class this year. We learned a harsh lesson on the effects of drugs and the choice to them in your body, which is one of the darkest days of my life. Damien, a boy in my class, died because of drug-related complications. That Friday, he skipped school to wander the mall. While he was at Northpark Mall, he ingested LSD, leading him to have a horrible reaction. Damien threw himself off an overpass into the traffic on the highway below him. This experience has been one of the most horrible events that have ever happened to me, to my fellow classmates, and the entire school. He was so loved and talented. He had plans future aspiration. He was too young to die. His family didn’t deserve to lose their son. Damien made a stupid decision that complicated the lives of anyone who loved him. Counselors and specialist came in to talk to BTW’s student body. Their words helped cement the severity of drugs in my mind. Damien’s actions and choices also helped me realize I have a decision regarding whether or not to engage in drugs. It comes down to a simple yes or no. I will always say no because I do not want to put my family or my community through pain because of my selfish decision. Damien will always be in my heart and the hearts of his peers. Because of Damien’s terrible death, I learned the importance of not using drugs and how we must have a strong will when we go out into the world, where I will have to make my own decisions regarding drugs and alcohol. Damien’s life was so short, but I will never forget him and how he shaped the future for me regarding decisions I will make when it comes to using drugs and alcohol. When I look back on the day of his death, I will remember the tears, the heartache, and the life that was lost. I never want to experience this type of loss again. I will always remind myself of him and his actions whenever I am offered drugs. I will say no.

Meaningful Activities: National Honor Society- 10th, 11th, & 12th 1 hour a week
Fellowship of Christian Artists- 9th & 10th 1 hour a week
Science National Honor Society- 11th & 12th 1 hour a week
Musical Theatre Appreciation Club- 9th & 10th 1 hour a week
Musical Theatre Track- 11th & 12th 15 hours a week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: The Musical Theatre track at my high school has been the most meaningful experience I have had. We work to perform musicals, we work to teach children camps about musical theatre, and we perform for children and organizations. We all work so hard in this track, and it has taught me so much about musical life and the good it can do for children and organizations around Dallas.

Volunteer Activities: Dallas Children's Theatre- 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th 4 hours a week. Volunteered during preshow activities for special needs children
All Saints Dallas- 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th 5 hours a week. Vocalist in contemporary church band
Boys and Girls Club of Tarrant County- 10th 6 hours a week. Performed at Gala to raise funds for Boys and Girls Club of Tarrant County
Column Awards- 11th 6 hours a week. Performed at Gala to raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equality Fights Against AIDS

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 the Column Awards, we focused on the danger of drugs regarding AIDS.

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 9

Essay Option 1: As kids my brother and I fought like any other siblings but as we grew up, we outgrew that. We became very close and confided in each other about everything. During his teenage years he made plenty of mistakes just like any other teen does. However, it didn’t change the fact that he was a good brother and son.
When I was in the fifth grade I discovered that my brother was using drugs. I felt compelled to tell my mom, but I felt as if I was betraying my brother’s trust by doing so. I decided to keep it to myself, until I noticed that his marijuana usage was becoming an unhealthy habit. My mom was very shocked when I told her. More than anything she was disappointed. She raised us to know right from wrong. However, it did not stop my brother from using. He came to a point that he withdrew a large amount of money from my mother’s bank account without her knowing. Most of it which he used for drugs. That was only the beginning of many scenarios we went through. What we thought was a phase turned into something long term. After he graduated from high school things appeared to have gotten better. I really admired him for helping my mother and becoming the man my father was not. He had a stable job and stayed clean for a while. We all had high hopes for him and remained optimistic. Eventually things reverted back. He became unemployed because he was not willing to quit the use of marijuana. There were arguments between him and my mother almost every day. I knew it hurt my mom to see him throwing his life away because of drugs. He had many opportunities and resources to do better. My mom had plenty of hard talks with him and went above and beyond to help him, but it was not enough to get through to him. My dad was not very supportive, and never implemented any consequences for my brother. The issues at home began to take a toll on me and it became difficult to focus on school. I became very reserved and guarded.
Throughout the years my brother has become a very different person. There was a point where he became very aggressive and ill will. He would turn the tables on my mom and put her at fault for the choices he made. Marijuana is not the only choice of drug he has used. I am not fully aware of which others he’s done but I know there’s been others.
He’s a very toxic person to be around and is no longer living with us. My brother manipulated my parents especially my mother for very long. My parents could only take so much but he pushed them to a point where there was no going back anymore. He is now a father of two but that still have not been enough for him to change. He does not provide for them nor is he a father to them. Which is very heartbreaking because my nieces deserve better. My relationship with my brother is very broken, and I’ve chosen to not communicate with him. As I am getting ready to embark on a new chapter of my life, I wish he was a part of it all. He is who he is and I can no longer tolerate that. My brother has been by far the biggest disappointment and heartbreak. I want better for myself and have no desire to participate in any type of substance use. I’ve made a promise to myself that I will remain drug-free. It’s something that I take very serious and do not allow others to pressure me.

Meaningful Activities: Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador // Grades 10- Present // 2 hours per week

Southern Methodist University TRIO Upward Bound // Grades 10- Present // 9 hours per week

DECA // Grades 10- Present // 3 hours per week // Vice President of Career Development, Junior Class Representative

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) // Grade 9 // 2 hours per week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Being in the Southern Methodist University Upward Bound Program really prepared me for senior year. They taught us essential skills for when applying for college and FAFSA as well. Our coordinators were always there to assist us with any questions or complications. Upward Bound also held various SAT prep sessions that were very helpful. We’ve had the opportunity to hear many different people speak about their careers and college experience. Which is really insightful to hear from other people’s point of view. During summer of 2017, I was one of the chosen scholars to stay on campus for six weeks in a residence hall all expenses paid. Throughout the six weeks we attended classes, panels, and participated in many fun activities. This gave us a chance to bond with our peers and get a feel of what college is going to be like. I had never been away from home without any family before so it was very different for me. It was an escape from reality. I was happy to get away from any issues going on at home and focus on myself. It pushed me to step out of my comfort and the outcome was very rewarding. At the end of the six weeks the top 30 scholars were selected to go on a trip to Chicago for four days. I am really grateful to have experienced Chicago along with my friends and mentors. Not only have they provided these memorable moments, but they have also prepared us to go out and achieve great things. This program enabled me to build relationships with our coordinators and friends that will last a lifetime. I am truly blessed for such a significant experience with my Upward Bound family.

Volunteer Activities: North Texas Food Bank Community Pantry // Grade 10 // 4 hours per week // Volunteer

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 10

Essay Option 1: Growing up at the age of 8, I watched my father come home everyday with a black bag in his hand. Knowing what was inside the bag killed me. My family has endured many hardships throughout the years because of my stepfather’s addiction to drugs and alcohol.
I didn’t know what alcohol was at that age, but I knew I definitely did not want any of it. My stepfather would come home from work and instantly sit down in front of the tv and drink away the day. The only times he would get up off the couch was to go outside for a smoke every 10 minutes. I remember feeling angry that he cared more about drinking his alcohol than being with his family. My mother and I always tried to talk to him and help him get the help he needed, but he never listened. Seeing my father drink just to be happy broke my heart. My stepfather has not given up his alcohol and drug use. It hurts my family, in more ways than one.
Whenever I need to ask him a question, I have to wait until the alcohol calms him. I’ve watched my mother have to beg my stepfather for money to buy groceries. My stepfather would rather have us go hungry, than him go without beer and cigarettes for the week. Because of alcohol and drugs, I have not been able to create a relationship with my stepfather. I have had to work my hardest in school so that I am able to pay for my college tuition. I also had to teach myself to drive in order to go to work.
I have had to endure so much because of my stepfather’s alcohol and drug use, and it’s made me see what alcohol and drugs can do to a person. I’ve seen how these addictions can affect not only the person, but the people surrounding them as well. I don’t want to become like my stepfather, therefore I will not drink alcohol or do drugs. I have accomplished many things in my life so far, and I don’t want to throw that away.

Meaningful Activities: Academic Decathlon // Grades 10-12 // 1 hour per week of after school study // Section Mentor
Varsity Orchestra // Grades 9 - 12 // 5-7 hours per week // Section Leader (First Chair)
Varsity Choir // Grade 12 // 8 - 10 hours per week // alto

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Being in the varsity orchestra has been very important to me since freshman year. I've played the violin since the age of 8, and I have learned 4 instruments since then. I can now play the violin, cello, viola, piano, and guitar.

Volunteer Activities: KERA // Grades 10-11 // 4 hours per week // Phone Donation Volunteer
Teen Lounge // Grades 11-12 // 3 hours once a month // Coordinator
Gardening Club // Grades 11-12 // 4 hours once a month
Carter Blood Drive // Grade 12 // 1 hour

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 11

Essay Option 2: Volleyball has been a part of my life since I was seven years old. That’s about eleven years, and each year has brought me a greater appreciation for the game and everything that it has taught me. I spent ten of those eleven years working to get better and to improve as much as I possibly could. In addition to wanting to get better for myself, I also wanted desperately to be elected captain of my high school team. Highland Park volleyball is a program of excellence and intensity, and it was a hefty goal to say the least, but a goal nonetheless. I promised myself that I would be captain the first year I ever played, and that was something that I kept in the back of my mind through all those years. My senior year I ran for captain and was elected, along with two of my teammates. It was a huge honor that I was flattered to receive, as it meant that my skill sets as both a player and as a leader were desirable by team. I was elated, and my co-captains and I immediately set out to complete the projects that we viewed as important- the main one being designing new jerseys. Everything was running smoothly, until I opened Snapchat one night to see a Story posted by one of my teammates drinking and smoking weed. I was devastated, and I wasn’t sure what to do. This individual had already gotten in trouble the season before due to their receival of a MIC and had been punished accordingly, so I knew that if they were caught for this, they would be out for just about the entire season. I have zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol in my own life, as I don’t believe in partaking in these behaviors in any capacity. I’ve seen firsthand the destruction both of these vices can bring, and I want no part in it. I knew in my heart that what this girl was doing was wrong, but she was a teammate, not to mention a good friend, and I didn’t want to see her hurt or in trouble again. Highland Park volleyball is, like I said before, an extremely competitive program, so her mistakes would most likely not only cost her playing time, but her spot on the team. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever met; I felt like I was being a snitch and a bad friend. I prayed about it, and I also considered the rest of my team. The person in question was an incoming senior like myself, so they were in a position of authority and influence over the rest of our team in addition to JV and both freshman teams, and I didn’t want to send a message of tolerance for this type of behavior. I talked to my co-captains, who were reluctant at best, but I convinced them eventually to tell our assistant coach, who we all had a close relationship with. She was thankful for our candidness and earnestness in keeping our team drug and alcohol free, but she was obligated to turn the girl in. She did end up being removed from the team, which was a sad day for all of us. We never told the rest of our team who it was that turned her in, and they still don’t know. It was a rough way to start our season, and the noticeable absence of one of our beloved teammates was glaring. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change anything. I truly believe that despite the anger and sorrow that her dismissal brought, participation in the behaviors that got her in trouble declined. It brought up good conversation regarding making sure that we were keeping our team clean and at our best for competition and for life in general.

Meaningful Activities: -School Volleyball // Grades 9-12 // 15 hours per week // Captain senior year
-Club Volleyball // Grades 9-11 // 15 hours per week
-Orchestra // Grades 9-12 // 5 hours per week // Vice President senior year
-Fellowship of Christian Athletes // Grades 9-12 // summer camps and activities
-Honor Council (peer review of students who claim they weren't cheating despite teachers' insistence // Grades 11-12 // meetings upon request
-National Honor Society // Grade 12 // 30 minute meetings approx. once a month in addition to any service projects we complete
-Christmas Club // Grades 10-12 // Monthly 45 minute meetings // Secretary grades 10-12

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Volleyball was definitely the most impactful thing that I ever participated in, as I was able to gain so much while simultaneously giving back everything. I learned so much in terms of life lessons and how to be a successful person, and I was also able to serve others during my year as captain.

Volunteer Activities: -Vacation Bible School at Champion Forest Baptist Church // Grades 10-12 // 4 hours per day for 1 week // Manage groups of children between kindergarten and 6th grade
-YMCA Volleyball Coach // Grade 10 // Once a week in for 30 minutes February - March //
-Weekend of Champions - DFW FCA // 20 hours over one weekend, February 25-26 2017 (Grade 11) // Manage groups of children between K-6th
-Fish Camp // Grade 10 // 10 hours on August 23, 2015 // Help upcoming freshman adjust to high school and show them around the building

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 12

Essay Option 1: Last year, on March 14, my Aunt died due to alcohol poisoning. Growing up I watched her struggle with her alcohol addiction. I decided not to drink because I was told not to drink. I didn’t question the rules my parents set; or why my aunt couldn’t drive me when she visited. I didn’t question why my dad didn’t drink. I didn’t question my parents when they pressed the importance of my brother and I not drinking. I trust my parents and accepted all of it without question. I followed all the rules and didn’t drink.
When I got to high school though, my decision was questioned. My closest friends challenged my stance of not drinking, especially as they started to go to parties where alcohol was prevalent. They would ask me to drink or “just” try it. Though questioned and pressured, after failing to convince my friends to abstain, I would leave alone - going home or hanging out with the few non drinking friends I could find.
I never appreciated the bullet I was dodging until last spring. During spring break my family got a call that my aunt had died. An autopsy revealed that her early death was caused by massive organ failure related to alcohol poisoning. She lost her fight with addiction. The disease won, taking my aunt, my two cousins’ mother, my grandmother’s only daughter, and my dad’s only sibling. Choosing to abstain from alcohol was not longer because I was just following my parents’ rules. Now, it was my choice - a decision that was internally motivated. When my friends ask me to have a sip it is easy for me to say no. I abstain for my future and my endless opportunities.
Every day that I wait to have my first sip lessens my chance of becoming an alcoholic and struggling later in life. Alcoholism is a genetic disease. I don’t know for a fact that I’m predisposed, but I am determined to minimize my risk. My aunt’s death was the result of a lost fight. My dad’s life shows me how you can fight successfully the disease with education, hard work and commitment. I chose not to drink is so that I don’t have to fight to live my best life.

Meaningful Activities: Highland Park Lacrosse // Grades 9-12 // 15 hours a week // Elected varsity team captain 11 and 12 grade
One Love Foundation // Grades 9-12 // 3 hours a week // Fundraising event creator, Founder of HP club
HP Ambassador // Grades 9-12 // 2 hours a week // Ambassador, Representative of Highland Park High School
GRIT Lacrosse // Grades 9-12 // 2 hours a week // Select travel team member
Fellowship of Christian Athletes // Grades 9-12 // 2 hours a week // Attend high school club meetings, played on FCA select travel lacrosse team
Highland Park Girls Basketball // Grade 9 // 15 hours a week // JV team member
Highland Park Girls Varsity Track // Grade 10 // 15 hours a week // Varsity relay member
Highland Park Field Hockey // Grade 12 // 15 hours a week // Varsity team member

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: I learned about the One Love Foundation due to my club lacrosse coach. She was best friends with Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia lacrosse player, who was beaten to death by her boyfriend in 2010. The One Love Foundation was created in her honor, with the goal of preventing relationship violence through education and awareness. I immediately felt connected to this cause and wanted to be as involved as I could. I responded with resolve to educate my community about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. To do so, I created a One Love Club at my high school, in order to raise awareness and educate my peers on relationship violence. In order to reach a larger audience though, I needed to go beyond my school. With the One Love Dallas representative’s help, I helped plan and create the Dallas One Love Lacrosse Tournament, a boys versus girls lacrosse play day. The goal was raising awareness in the community and funds for the foundation. To help recruit teams and donators, I created Student Advisory Board comprised of students from multiple high schools across two counties in Texas. These strategies inspired over 300 students from twelve schools to create eighteen single gender teams which raised a record breaking $20,000 during the 2017 event. The Texas fundraiser has become One Love’s national template for communities across the nation and is now an annual event. I am honored to leave a legacy that will educate those in my community and help prevent relationship violence through education.

Volunteer Activities: Fish Camp // Grades 10-12 // 5 hours a week // Freshman orientation leader, mentor
National Charity League // Grades 9-12 // 2 hours a week // Secretary, Inspiration, Vice President, President of Philanthropy
Bridge Lacrosse // Grades 10-11 // 2 hours a week // Lacrosse Coach and mentor for Dallas inner city kids
Boys and Girls Club // Grades 11-12 // 1 hour a week // Volunteer and mentor for kids at the Boys and Girls Club

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 Highland Park Ambassador and 2 time Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse captain I represent Highland Park High School and its values. Our school’s values include not drinking or taking drugs. My personal values include encouraging others to choose to abstain. As an Ambassador and FISH camp counselor I am one of the first people incoming students meet and have the honor of promoting HPHS’s values. I am proud that I can honestly present myself as an example of someone who thrives socially, athletically, and academically while never having had a drink or tried drugs. As a lacrosse captain I lead by example, both on and off the field, inspiring sober fun.
I am most tested to lead when with my friend group. My friends were my constant source of companionship and shared commitment to sobriety. As my closest friends pushed to experiment with alcohol I was the voice of reason - sharing what I understand about how alcohol affects our brains and how our bodies can’t process alcohol like our guy friends. I opened up about the loss of my aunt who started drinking in high school. I am the first to offer to drive so my friends and I can leave parties where there was alcohol. I am the last person to walk away when a friend struggles with the decision not to drink and the first to welcome a friend back when they fail.
Two of my closest friends with a family history of addiction made a pact with me not to drink. Both of these friends broke our pact despite my efforts to talk to them, distract them, and inspire them. One went from not drinking to drinking alone in the park. The other went from not drinking to drinking and using drugs. I was crushed. But, I did not give up on either of them or on our friendship. One chooses to continue using. I choose to not spend time with her socially but to assure her that I am available if she wants a sober social life. I supported my other friend through her punishments and consequences. I welcomed her back into our friend group. I encourage her to fight her temptations, leaving with her when social situations make her uncomfortable. I lead by example. I remain sober and a safe friend to support those who share my commitment and to those who have struggled and failed and want to try 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?: No

If yes, please explain.:

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

 

Applicant 13

Essay Option 1: If I were to describe my life, I would say it's been better than most. But I've had some experiences that have made me realize how much damage alcohol can make. I've personally have consumed a few alcohol from a young age, it's not like I drink excessively, and I haven't had it in a couple of years. And like I said some instances that have made me realize that not having control of the amount of alcohol consumed can change the way people act. In some instances I've had uncles fight or get to the point of fighting because they can't think rationally. Also I've comed to know that it comes deeper than that, since my grandpa died from cancer, caused by years of consumption of heavy drinking. I personally love my family a lot and im very close to them, and seeing this happen to them has retained me from drinking at a young age and stoped me from peer pressure.

Meaningful Activities: Drill team:secretary-junior year, president-senior year
Tennis: 4 years, secretary-senior year
Dance company: 1 year
Ambassadors/leadership class: 2 yearse

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity is drill team because it has made me more of a tenacious person and aware of making wiser desicions regarding my team members so we can achieve a goal I have becomed a more responsible and organized person since I joined.

Volunteer Activities:

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.: Some friends have asked me to drink with them and to hide it from my parents, so I refused and told them that I wasn't going to do it because I could get in trouble and I had been told by a doctor that drinking at a young age was bad since our brain still isn't developed

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.: When I was a little kid my granpa gave me beer, and when I was 14 I secretly took a sip of a margarita in a party, and also my aunt gave me a drink with strawberries and alcohol

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

 

Applicant 14

Essay Option 1: My eyes traced the long silver wisps curling into enormous clouds only to morph into an abstract shape. The cigarette smoke from my mother and grandmother’s cigarettes filled the room. Every night after dinner they would sit at the kitchen table and smoke until there was nothing else to talk about. While they chatted away my eyes would get lost in the clouds that seemed to hover just below the ceiling. I never realized my own hero was a substance abuser. Watching my mother smoke an entire pack of cigarettes in a day did not strike me as unusual. Whether she was smoking outside in the backyard or in the kitchen with my grandmother, those moments are embedded into my childhood. One puff after another, they created a veil that covered the room. The thickness of the air was suffocating; I always wondered, “how could my mother bear the smothering heaviness of cigarette smoke?” As her addiction grew stronger, her body became weaker. As a result of her habits she faced early symptoms of cardiovascular disease. The crushing possibility of losing my mother to her habits became a reality. My siblings and I took on the responsibility of finding ways to support her through her journey of recovery even if it meant being persistent and patient for years through her relapses. We learned to become more involved in her life from helping her cook to exercising as a family to shopping together to reassure her that she was not alone on her mission to find sobriety.

Unfortunately, my mother was not the last person in my life to battle substance abuse. Shortly after entering a relationship, I discovered my partner was struggling with a heroin addiction after the loss her family member. There was an indescribable responsibility I felt to help her find sobriety; when I looked into her eyes, I could feel my heart flashback to my own mother’s eyes filled with hopelessness when I was a child. I knew the path to sobriety would not be as simple as telling her to stop, but I was committed to supporting her. More than that, it became my mission to motivate her to leave her habits, seek a healthier life, and graduate high school. Every Friday was “movie night”; we would watch different movies in my living room and enjoy theater snacks. Movie nights gave her something to look forward to after a week of school. I found myself constantly motivating her by hosting tutoring sessions in subjects she struggled with, by setting goals even if they were as as small as showing up to movie night, and by re-introducing her to her passions. She began believing that ending her substance abuse was achievable.

However, deep within me I felt robbed. Drugs stole the people I loved the most and transformed them into strangers. With my experience with my mother and my partner abandoned her passions and detached herself from school. They both lost themselves in the abyss of addiction. I was forced to witness my mother endure both the physical and emotional damage of addiction. Fortunately, this experience taught my siblings and I to steer away from drugs because we understand the severity of drug addiction. These experiences truly opened my eyes to the risky consequences of drugs and strengthened the sense of unity within my family.

Meaningful Activities: Longhorn Bookclub: President, 2015-2018, 2 hrs/week
National Spanish Honor Society: Induction officer, 2017-2018, 3 hr/week
Gay Straight Alliance: 2015-2016, 2 hrs/week
Art Club: 2015-2016, 2 hrs/week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Longhorn Book Club is an atmosphere for me to indulge in stimulating novels but it is has also been a safe space and community centered around fostering engagement and curiosity, and has highlighted the importance of diversity in the classroom. Each of my peers bring a unique voice and background to each discussion and each novel that encourage me to see the world differently, ask questions, and expand my horizons.

Volunteer Activities: Padres Unidos// 2017-2018//4 hrs per month// Translator
Teacher Assistant// 2017-2018//5 hrs per week// aiding teacher
Counselor Assistant// 2017// 5 hrs per week// aiding counselors

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.: Among my friends I encourage and influence them to make healthy choices regarding drugs and alcohol by sharing my experience involving drugs.

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: I have been writing music since I was about six years old. Writing music has always been one of my biggest passions in life and I can honestly say it has saved my life. However I did not start writing music. I started writing poems. For a while poetry was all that I knew but I stopped because I would get bullied. It was seen as a girl thing to do. Then I found music. I found a way that would allow me to write my poetry in a new way so it would not seem so girly to others. At first I felt like I was writing amazing music and nothing was better than mine but I did not realise that I was blinding myself and in reality my music was horrible. I did not have any structure, I did not match my cadences and I could not write a hook to save my life. Then I met a friend.
He also had the same passion as me but he was a few years older so I liked to think that he had more experience. He took what was an immature kid with absolutely no background in music and took him under his wings and turned him into what he is today. He single handedly showed me what I was capable of, never getting mad at me for asking a question or getting irritated when I did something wrong for the twentieth time in a row. He showed me what a true leader is and what it truly takes to be a role model. He became my big brother somebody that I could go to whenever something was wrong or even when something went good. I don't have an older brother so I had never felt that type of relationship and it was honestly the greatest feeling ever.
However he started to go down the wrong path a little after a year of me meeting him. He started to hang out with the wrong crowd. At first it started with weed which he would say was nothing big and he only did to calm down. Later it turned into heroin and cocaine which he said was only for fun and to have good time. It has been over 4 years since I have seen him. The last time I saw him he was home claiming he was going to try to get clean after we had found him in an old apartment drugged out of his mind. Later that night he left. He left a note behind to every one of his close friends that he had not lost since he started doing drugs, all three of us. In my letter he told me “Don’t come find me, I have become a bad influence on you and you are capable of great things and I can’t bring myself to ruin that. Make me proud kiddo.” To this day, four years later, those words are stuck in my head. I vowed to never touch any substance that could bring harm to my body or those around me because I do not want to end up the way he did. Seeing somebody throw away all their potential only made me want to fully achieve mine.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Boxing // Grades 9-12 // Hours per week 4
AVID // Grades 9-12 // Hours per week 6 // Social Committee
Starting of Strong // Grade 12 // Hours per week 5 // Mentor
Robotics // Grades 10-12 // Hours per week 10

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity that I would say I took part in would be the Starting of Strong program because it has allowed me to not only better myself and find out thing I never knew about myself like my leadership skills and understanding skills but it has given me the ability to make a change to about 30 lives.

Volunteer Activities: Starting of Strong // Grade 12 // Hours per week 5
Santa's Village // Grades 10-11 // Hours per year 4
Cotton Wood Art Festival // Grades 10-11 // Hours per year 4
RISD Family Night // Grade 11 // Hours 3

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 16

Essay Option 1: My older brother is an alcoholic. I can remember sitting at nights by my moms side at the fact that my brother was out and about drunk. Many times we will fear my brother because he will show aggressiveness. Never physical violence but always did what he felt like. My mom would always said ¨este niño me tiene con el Jesús en la boca¨, which translates too ¨this boy has me with Jesus in the mouth.¨ When he would be intoxicated we would not know his location or if he was going to be alright or if he would enter our sweet home doors. My oldest brother is an excessive smoker who smokes a pack of cigarettes per day. It’s scary at the fact that both of them are killing themselves little by little. Alcohol and drugs are not in my list because I want a future where my parents are proud of my success and not disappointed of an unnecessary choice. Yes, a choice because you can decide to try once alcohol or drugs and ruin your life by proceeding with it or you can work hard enough so one day you can manage to pursue your career and live a life with unneeded regrets. My brothers and sisters have made many mistakes as normal human beings but these are our choices when dealing with alcohol and drugs. I decided to help but also watch from the sidelines how they were throwing their lives to waste. Thankfully they are living a good life but that does not mean that because I see them happy now that all this won't bring consequences. I don't want to repeat what my brothers did so I decided to fight for my goals instead of fighting for my life. My parents were victims of child labor and they taught me to never give up to the negative toxins of life. My parents gave too much to me, so I don´t want that to go to waste. I want to make them proud and be different than their first children. I´m making a difference in my home and in my community, by not giving into drugs and alcohol for the sake of my future and parents’ effort for me to become a better person. On the other hand, I have a younger brother, who I love dearly and want the best future for him. By being his role model, I want him to fight for the best and when weakened, to not fall into viciousness.

Meaningful Activities: AVID Social Committee// Grade 12// 4 hours per week// Officer

SOS Lifeguard/ Grade 12// 3 hours per week// Leader

National Honor Society/ Grade9-12// Leader

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: I love being part of my AVID Social Committee. I enjoy making events for all AVID so we can all bond and have a stronger connection with each other. All AVID are included to participate in these to meet those in their AVID family that pursue the same goal which is graduating and going into a four year college as it is intended. Its okay to have a different mind set during AVID because we are all different but i´m sure that these events created bring many people together with the same idea.

Volunteer Activities: Mar 17 - Apr 17
Cleaner/ PHS Recycling/ Grade 11/ Total Hours: 5

May 17 - May 17
Helper and Guide/ Enterprise City GWHE/ Grade 11/ Total Hours: 6

May 17 - May 17
Buddy and guider/ Buddy Fun Day GWHE/ Grade 11/ Total Hours: 6

Jun 17 - Jun 17
Helper/ Richardson Department (Safety Camp)/ Grade 12/ Total Hours: 20/ I helped guide the kids around and also supervising them.

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, indeed I am an SOS lifeguard that stands for Starting Off Strong and we are a guidance and a leader to freshman. We help them through their freshman year and to be there when they need us. My quad an I (Quad 16) give weakly lessons to the freshman and one of our lessons were about drugs and alcohol. We had an assembly about drugs and alcohol and I had the honor to speak my story of why I decide to not do drugs or alcohol. Many freshman got touched and supported at the fact that they saw that they were not alone and that my quad and I as seniors right now are still dealing with family members with addictions. I stand in front of the whole freshman class and begin my story. To lead an assembly can be scary but to make an impact is rewarding and helpful.

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: Everybody has something that has affected them by shaping them as a person. In my case, one of the factors that have changed my perspective is the American environment, which includes living in Pleasant Grove. I was born in Mexico. The town I grew up was drug- free, it was a good environment for a kid to grow up. I hardly knew someone that will use drugs.
At the age of 12, I immigrated to Dallas, Texas, and my life changed. I remember my first week of school as if it was yesterday, it was horrible. I did not know the language. I did not know anybody. I did not know anything. The worst of all was that almost all the students in my school were using drugs, everyone talked about drugs. It was most common to know how to use a drug than knowing how to read properly. It was very easy to fall the same path as them. Students were skipping classes so they can go to the “woods” to smoke, do drugs and have play fights. I saw how many students were falling being and they were not performing well in class. Many of the students had to drop out and now they are on the streets doing drugs.
The environment I was growing up was very dangerous for a teenager that has just moved to live in Pleasant Grove. This community is very well known for its high rate crime. There is a crime committed daily, it is very unsafe to live here. I have already used to live in these conditions, having to be careful to the places I go because on most of them there are people doing drugs. It is not the best environment to be in, but it has taught me a lot of things. I made me see the world in a different way. I taught me to say “NO” when people offered me drugs and to be careful with my decisions.
If I would of fall to the same path, I will not be in the Early College Program, I will not be a high school student with the dreams of becoming the first one in my family going to college. I have overcome a lot of difficult situations as moving to a different environment where I do not feel secure and everyone is falling to the same path of the drugs.

Meaningful Activities: NA

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: NA

Volunteer Activities: ST. Bernard Catholic Church// Grade 10th// 5 hours per week// Office Assistant.
Love of the Lake // Grade 12// 3 hours// Cleaning the Lake.

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: My grandfather has drank for as long as I can remember, and although he has now stopped drinking it continues to impact our family. Although I only got to see my grandfather drunk once, I can honestly say that night was one of the scariest nights of my life. I wasn’t scared for myself, I knew he would never hurt me, I was scared for him. After getting drunk he was a completely different person and insisted on leaving, he wouldn’t say where and I doubt he even knew where. That night my grandfather left and I waited up for him for hours until he finally came home; that night I learned truly how much alcohol had hurt my family.
While he was gone my grandmother shared with me the story of how things played out when my mother was a little girl. I learned that my grandfather was a raging alcoholic that started drinking at a very young age. I learned of some of the things that both him and her had lived through due to his addiction. First it started casual, he would have one or two drinks and then eventually he was getting drunk every weekend. I later learned, from my mother, that he would work all week long and spend all the money he had on alcohol. The family would oftentimes have to stay hungry because there was no money left to pay for food. They had to go weeks without water or electricity.
Not only was my grandfathers addiction affecting his ability to provide for his family, but it was taking his ability to keep himself safe. After he had been drinking for a while he started to become aggressive when drunk which ultimately lead to fight. It got to the point where one night he did not come home and they found him the next day in a pile of blood; he had been stabbed by a man whom he had picked a fight with. Other times he suffered injuries to the head, which continue to affect him to this day.
I can remember the panic I was in after hearing these awful things that had happened to the man that was a father to me. I could not fall asleep no matter how hard I tried, when I saw him walk back into the house my heart broke and I sobbed. As I sat crying for him on the ground he walked right past me and got into his bed, not caring about the agony that me and my grandmother were in. The next morning he couldn’t recall, and denied doing every single thing that he did.
Both that night and the stories I have heard about my grandfather's addiction throughout the years has made me realise how much destruction comes with substance abuse. I chose not to do drugs, and I chose not to drink. I chose to be in control of my actions. I chose to not be the parent that can’t provide for their family, I do not want my kids to be angry at me for being a bad parent. It is heartbreaking to see all the resentment that my mom and her sibling hold toward him for, as they say, “not being the father he should have been”. I refuse to put anyone through the agony that I was put through when my grandfather walked out of the front door that night. I want my grandfather's story and all the suffering that my family has gone through, to be lesson learned not a story to repeat.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: St. Paul the Apostle Faith Formation/ 2017-2018/ 1.25hrs/ Teacher
National Honors Society/ 2016-2018
“Starting Off Strong”/2017-2018/ 3hrs
National Science Honors Society/ 2016-2018/
Art Club/ 2015-2017
AVID Club/ 2016-2018/ Officer
St. Paul the Apostle/ 2016-2017/ Teacher Aid/ Substitute
Teachers Association of Future Educators/ 2015-2016

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity is the work that I do at Saint Paul. I am so grateful for having gotten the opportunity to teach my students, and just to get to know them over all. I have gotten the chance to get to know their stories, and their dreams. I hope that my kids take away frome as much as I am taking away from them. I have made it my goal as a teacher to drive them toward good choices, because they are amazing kids. They have inspired me to be better, with all the kindness they carry within their hearts.

Volunteer Activities: Starting Off Strong/200 hrs/2017-2018
St. Paul Faith Formation/30hrs/2016-2018
Santas Village/4 hrs/2016-2017
Pearce Parent Night/1hr/2016-2017
Cottonwood Art Festival/4 hrs/2015-2016
2015 Color Run/2 hrs/2015-2016
RISD Family Night/3 hrs/2015-2016

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.: The starting off strong program is designed to have seniors guide and mentor incoming freshmen. A group of four seniors is assigned to each freshman advisory class, and our job is to make sure the freshmen get through their freshman year successfully. Through the program I participated in a completely student lead assembly against drugs and alcohol that is specifically designed for freshmen. Although I did not share my story in front of the entire freshmen class, I shared it with my group of freshmen. I hope that my story as well as everyone's story from the assembly will drive them to make good decisions.

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 2: It doesn’t just happen once. Twice. Not even three times. It happens all the time. Teens with astounding personality and talents are wasting away with a bottle in one have and a bag of pills in the other. Every day in school I see friends and classmates with such bright talents give them all up for the chase. They no longer contain the drive and determination to strive for their goals and dreams. Drugs and alcohol change lives. They warp your mind and destroys your brain without consent. I've seen it plague the small town that I live in seeing children as young as 14 sell weed in the alleyways of their houses. After seeing one of my childhood friends: the student council officer, the jokester of the class, and the boy genius of the school fall apart at age 13 due to alcohol abuse: I knew I couldn't tolerate this any longer. I joined the D.A.S.H (Drug, Alcohol, Safety, and Health awareness) committee in student council with the intent of spreading awareness to sensitive topics everyone refused to talk about. After joining, I still felt that the committee lacked the drive to change people’s lives so I decided to run for co-committee head and eventually the head of D.A.S.H. Becoming the head of the D.A.S.H committee, I made it my personal mission to stop drug and alcohol abuse. I started up Red Ribbon Week and Drug and Alcohol Fact Week again and most importantly renewed it. With a new attitude and outlook for the future of my peers, I decided to create new activities the interests of the student body. For Red Ribbon Week, I placed red streamers on the stair rails, red tulle for the school poles, informational flyers in the restrooms, and a giant poster with the words “Red Ribbon Week”. During the week, I had interactive booths where students can come up and write different meaningful reasons why they do not take drugs and earn prizes for participation. We had raffle prizes for people who participate and or give facts about the drug and alcohol abuse to win the “Drugs are Dum” lollipop tree. Every day was something new, from the “Chain of Life” to the “Don’t pop pills, popcorn” booth with free popcorn and free facts. I wanted to bring in activities that will get our student body to learn because being informed is the best way to stay safe. This popularity with the student body allowed me to develop a new project for Drugs and Alcohol Fact Week with new activities such as a mock drunk goggle booth that mimics what it feels like to be drunk to the touching “Real Life, Real Stories” about people who have lost their lives to drunk driving. All these projects have a purpose and with the variety of activities offered, the message never dwindled. The message that kept me fighting for my future. The message that some of my friends and family ignored. The message that should be important to you but isn’t until you take your last breath. Drugs and alcohol can kill you. Abusing them can be life-threatening to not just you but to others. However, the unknown message that people need to know the most is that no one needs to fight this battle alone. These projects have shown me that and made me realize that we need to care for one another. Drugs and Alcohol are just ways to cope with the hidden pain. It will never cure or make the pain disappear. The real treatment is human interactions. During these weeks, the interactions with the people around me allowed for the open channel of communication. That communication that we have with one another is the true key to stand against the peer pressure and temptation of Drugs and Alcohol abuse.

Meaningful Activities: Student Council // Grades 9-12 // 7 hours per week // Recording Secretary, D.A.S.H. Committee Head, Leader
Skills USA // Grade 10-12 // 4 hours per week // Treasurer, Team Treasurer
National Spanish Honor Society // Grade 10-12 // 2 hour per week // Treasurer
National Honor Society // Grade 11-12 // 2 hours per week // Member
Interact Club // Grades 10-11 // 2 hours per week// Mum making leader

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity was student council because it helped me learn that I can make a difference. I learned how to be a leader and be independent. I learned how to take responsibility for my actions and place them into a working plan.

Volunteer Activities: Sachse Library // Grades 10-12 // 8 hours per week // Library Volunteer
City of Sachse // Grades 11-12 // 3 hour per week, once a year // Volunteer Elf
Salvation Army// Grades 10 // 3 hours a week, one week // Money Collector

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 served as the D.A.S.H committee head which stands for drugs, alcohol, safety, and health. This committee deals with awareness for all these categories and brings it to the student body.

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: “Can you throw these away?”
My friend of six years, Brandon looked me straight in the eyes, his double-colored pupils staring right into my soul. In his hands sat a small bottle of Tylenol painkillers, half-empty.
“Throw my pills away. Please.”
It was right before first period history in freshman year. He sat alone that day, scrunched up in the hallway corner, his head between his legs.
I slowly took the bottle away from him, walked over to the bathroom trash can, and tossed the pills in the bin. This interaction lingered in my mind for hours, but after a few days, I thought no more of it.
Flash forward three months — the grade advisors called the entire freshman class into the assembly room. We all thought this meeting would be in line with the ones prior, school announcements, instructions on what to wear to the next dance.
We couldn’t have been more wrong.
One of our class sponsors, sweat rolling down her face, without an introduction, delivered to our class the news.
“Your classmate, Brandon, has run away from home.”
The room full of fidgety 14-year-olds became a hull of arresting silence. Eyes darted left and right. The group of boys who made fun of Brandon since the sixth grade looked straight at the canary yellow walls of the sterile room, not daring to move an inch.
And I sat in my seat, my heart thumping, thinking of that bottle of painkillers, thinking of my best friend, lost in the streets, probably drunk or high off something he used for solace.
We spent the next few days looking for him, posting signs and missing posters until he was found at his neighborhood friend’s house.
The next week, his parents sent him to a rehab facility in the mountains in Utah.
Brandon’s struggles with drugs and alcohol impacted me greatly because of how long I had known him. He was my first friend when I came to St. Mark’s in 2011, and from then on, we were inseparable. We were both wildly interested in music and video games, leading to countless all-nighters discussing Led Zeppelin and Crash Bandicoot. There never went a day when I didn’t see Brandon.
But it wasn’t until the end of eighth grade -- around the time his neighborhood friends introduced him to Tylenol and vodka -- when we stopped talking. His descent into abuse coincided with our distant relationship. Witnessing his change in character and his eventual breakdown showed me the horrors excessive drug and alcohol use can wreak on the human psyche. In response, I always kept myself available for any concerns he may have had, but during his most troubling periods, he kept to himself.
Two years after leaving for rehab, Brandon came back to Dallas. I saw him, his acne-covered face shrouded by long locks of brown hair. He told me about his isolation in the mountains, his years spent rehabilitating with other teens, some of whom had worse situations than his own. Then the heartbreaking news: St. Mark’s wouldn’t let him come back, and he had to move to a school in another part of the city. He had to move on.
Observing Brandon’s journey, I have learned the powers of decision making. I think about my experiences losing my relationship with my best friend through drug and alcohol abuse whenever I am faced with the opportunity to partake on those activities. I made a promise to myself to honor the relationships I have with others and myself and steer clear of the pervasive effects excessive drug and alcohol use can bring about. All in all, I realize and recognize that as with anything we consume, moderation is king.
But on the other hand, I can’t bring myself to drink or do drugs when I know my best friend’s descent began with one shot of vodka, one half-empty bottle of Tylenol painkillers.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: ReMarker, School Newspaper / 9th-12th grade / 12 hrs. per week / Life Editor 11, Managing Editor 12
Discipline Council / 11th-12th grade / 3 hrs. per week / Councilmember 11, 12
Chinese Club / 9th-12th grade / 2 hrs. per week / Vice President 12
Football / 9th-12th grade / 10 hrs. per week / Captain 12
Track and Field / 9th-12th grade / Captain 12
Political Forum / 9th-12th grade / Vice President 12

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: It was Wednesday of design week, the midway mark in The ReMarker’s hectic February cycle – I was Life Editor and oversaw 11 pages and the completion of stories and designs. A sophomore "rookie" in my section asked for a suggestion for his page design – he didn’t know where to place one of our ads. I reminded him: “Unless the ad takes up half a page, bottom right’s the place to be.” He laughed and continued working. My goal as Life Editor was to adopt a “you before me” mentality – my section editors did that for me when I was a "rookie," and I wanted to do the same. And now, as Managing Editor of The ReMarker, I oversee the completion of all sections, ensure overall story accuracy and quality, and spearhead the cover story. And I take good care of the "rookies." That’s all that matters.

Volunteer Activities: The Called Fellowship Baptist Church Youth Ministry / 3 hrs. per week / 9th-12th grade / Youth Outreach and Initiatives Leader
Genesis Women's Shelter / 4 hrs. per week / 10th-12th grade
Redbird Raiders Football Organization / 8 hrs. per week / 9th-12th grade / Assistant coach and administrative assistant
Dallas Elite Basketball Organization / 8 hrs. per week / 9th-12th grade / Assistant coach and administrative assistant

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 all the men and women of our 23-member church congregation at The Called Fellowship Baptist Church would proclaim, “We have a call to serve.”
Our church’s motto speaks to the foundation of our community’s existence; situated in the middle of the Oak Cliff area in Dallas, the church functions in an area facing high levels of crime daily. And beyond our religious obligations, our pastor -- who also happens to be my great uncle -- encourages us all to echo that “call to serve” in our community outreach.
I have worked directly with our youth leader, Rodney, to help lead the church’s youth outings and initiatives. Rodney, who has had past experiences with drugs and alcohol, and I have held many different outings weekly for the youth in the church, not only to spread the messages of the love and determination, but also to keep the kids busy in order to best avoid the negative outside influences of drugs and alcohol that may be present in the area.
Although our congregation is small, leading to an even smaller youth population, we have gone to various youth revivals, Christian hip-hop concerts, and Baptist youth seminars, whose messages all speak to the importance of guided decision making and positive outlooks on life.
Working with my church on this matter has been greatly fulfilling, and it is through this avenue, among others, that I have found my “call to serve.”

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: Everyone goes through tough times throughout their lives. Some of these situations are faced and handled very appropriately, some of these problems are ignored, or even at times problems are handled in destructive manners. It is extremely dangerous when people try to ignore their problems and then end up in a destructive cycle to handle them when they can no longer ignore them. Growing up in a family of seven, both my parents had to work their minds and bodies tirelessly day in and day out to provide for us. Now that I look back at it, I can understand why my parents would be stressed out when things did not go their way or one of us got sick. These situations meant that they would be taking time off work, and have to spend money we sometimes did not even have. However, one of my parents had a way to deal with their stress, in a destructive way that heavily impacted my life and the way I look at drugs and alcohol. That person, being my dad and his use of alcohol as a coping mechanism.
This situation started while I was in elementary school, when my family and I were “forced” to move out of our apartment right after my little brother was born. We moved to a house, were my family believed it would be the best place for us to grow up. However, moving into the house also meant that my parents had to sacrifice a lot more to maintain and sustain the house and all the bills it included. Needless to say, this led my parents to work much harder and longer than before, especially my dad. However, little by little, my dad adapted a heavy drinking problem that he believed helped him cope with the stress brought on by the responsibilities of a homeowner. At that time we all seemed to avoid or not really pay much attention to his growing addiction. However, over the course of the years, his problem became worse and worse. His mood changed. His attitude towards life changed. He would start coming home very late, and we would rarely see him sober or even at all. He was either working or drinking. His drinking problem brought out the worst in him. The days he would come home late, he and my mom would argue all through the night, causing the whole house to be fully awake at any time during the night, even on school days. And sometimes, for no apparent reason, he would come into my room and just start telling me a lot of hurtful things that at that age, haunted me. My father still has this problem and while my experiences and perspective with his drinking have changed it is still something I deal with every day.
His addiction and my experiences with him affected my childhood in a negative way, but ultimately helped shape me into the person I am today. I may have not had the perfect childhood, as I was prevented from doing so from my dad’s harsh and ever-lasting words of discouragement, but my childhood showed me first-hand the negative toll that alcohol abuse can have in your life and your family’s lives. Half of my life has already been affected by alcohol abuse, so I have made myself a promise to never use those things, no matter what is going on with my life is that they do not affect the rest of my life I have to live. As much as my experiences with my father affected me, I thank him, because the things that I have had to face, I can honestly say, have helped me mature enough to take action whenever I see this happening, and it is through this that I am helping my dad get through his addiction and am prepared to help others as well.

Meaningful Activities: JV Soccer Team// Grades 10-11//7 hours
Jv Cross Country// Grade 11// 10 hours
Varsity Cross Country// Grade 12// 8 hours
Varsity Soccer Team// Grade 12//7 hours

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Soccer is the most meaningful activity that I have been involved with. I earned the title of Captain of the Varsity Soccer team. Having to hold this position is one of my greatest achievements because it shows that my how hard work and dedication pay off. At a young age, I have always dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player one day. And, even though being Vasrsity Captain is not the same, I take great pride in my leadrship role. This role has shown me that I am able to impprove myself as a leader. I am fortuntate to surround myself with many others teammates that have similar mentalities just like mine. We motivate and push each other to be our greatest.

Volunteer Activities:

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 22

Essay Option 1: During the inspection for the program, all students of that class were in the auditorium preparing to be inspected. They were sitting in groups depending on the time they had that particular class. I was there preparing my equipment / class with your uniform, making sure you have not forgotten their tie, socks, belts, shaving, hair, no earrings and much more. After a few minutes my team told me ... "Maribel, here it smells like marijuana" and I got shocked because, it can not be possible that on such an important day for the program this kind of thing is happening. Then, I asked them. "How do you know?" and they answer me saying, "here it smells" and I told them, "I do not smell anything", but they insisted. And I said to a classmate, and she says,
"yes Maribel,it does smells like marijuana," I said, "but I do not smell anything," and she said, "Oh Maribel, how innocent you are, but come help me see who is by smelling each one of our team . " I really felt bad because I could not help her. But I learned that one realizes the drug through the influence of each one of us. However, I learned a horror thing that day ... it was the horrible and strong smell of that drug so suffocating that for the first time I smelled in that situation. Consequently, that day i didn't help finding the responsible, but help in reporting the problem to the school authorities.

Meaningful Activities: Color Guard Team// Grades 10-12// 2 Hours per week// Team Captain
Physical Training// Grades 10-11// 3 Hours per week// Team Member
Drill Team// Grades 12// 1-2 Hours per week// Team Member

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: In the color guard team I have learned too plan and learned to become a great leader for this team.In this activity team we do a lot of competitiveness with different schools. For instance, I learned to listen to my team for advice and making all members collaborate so they increase their responsibility and discipline as well as I do. In other words, I learned to get more responsible by leading, practicing, and dates getting together while organizing my schedule and duties for day after day.

Volunteer Activities: JROTC Program // Grades 9-12 // 2 Hours per week // Color Guard Team Captain
National Honor Society // Grades 11-12 // 5 hours per month // President and Treasurer
Junior World Affair Council // Grade 12 // 4 Hours per month // Secretary
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Choir // Grades 9-12 // 4 Hours per week// Choir member (sing)

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.: In JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps) Program, I've participated an event called "Orienteering" , my professor wanted me to be the leader of the group. However, I had my group and I've assigned every member of the team a responsibility so then all will collaborate to win in the competition.

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: I am lucky to say I haven’t had much experience with drinking and drugs. My family drinks a little when they go out but, that is it. However, I have had one harrowing experience that changed the way I thought about drinking and drugs forever.
My grandmother died this past summer. It was a severe form of cancer and it went bad very quickly. We had been expecting the cancer to do that so it did not come as a big shock. But, the shocking thing about having an immediate family member die is the pain it causes to the rest of the family. The sadness the death caused my family was almost unbearable. I was out of town when my beloved grandmother died and getting a call from my dad explaining what happened was heartbreaking. It was not only her death but the sadness I heard in my father. Until that day, I had never heard my dad cry. For 17 years, I looked up to him as a strong and important figure and when I heard his voice break, I was in shock. This is not to say just my father was affected, everyone in the family was in total depression.
The big epiphany I had about alcohol and drug consumption came when I called my widowed grandfather a week after the funeral. Just like my dad, my grandfather was a wise and strong figure in my life. When I called him, he was day drinking. He was drunk at noon on a weekday. That tore me up inside. His wife’s death caused him so much pain that he needed to wash it away with alcohol. Seeing him at such a weak point saddened me so much that I knew I couldn’t cause that pain to others. After hanging up, I decided two things. I will never use drugs and I will love and forgive everyone because you never know the last day that you will see them. I could never give my family the feeling that I and others received when my grandmother died. Drugs and alcohol can cause that. My grandmother died naturally and it caused incredible pain. If I threw my life away for a few hours of fun, that would be absolutely deplorable. It would be disgusting and cruel to everyone I know.
In conclusion, I cannot use drugs. I love all of my friends and family and I don’t ever want to hurt them. They are too important to me.

Meaningful Activities: Wrestling Team/ Grades 9-12/ 25 hours a week/Team Captain and MVP and 2x state placer
SOS Lifeguard/ Grade 12/ 4 hours a week/Taught a class helping Freshman integrate into highschool
Peer Mediator/ Grade 12/ 5 hours a week/Mediate Conflicts between students at Pearce
Teacher's assistant at my Temple/ Grades 9-12/ 4 Hours a week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Being a part of the wrestling team has been the most meaningful to me. I have gotten to know so many people of different cultures and creeds and it has been wonderful. I have learned so much about my inner strength through facing adversity. This sport has turned into a lifestyle. I eat healthily, get better grades, and have become more confident all due to the sport. It has made me a better person and connected me with my best friends today. I will forever be thankful.

Volunteer Activities: Peer Helper/Grade 11/5 hours a week/ Went to Elementary Schools 3x a week to help troubled children
North Dallas Food Bank/ Grade 9/ 10 hours/ Bagged food for people in need
Jewish Family Services/ 5 hours delivered food for people in need/ 5 hours

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 member of SOS Lifeguards, I interact with my freshman about the dangers of alcohol and drug use. We talk and collaborate on ideas to make the world a safer place.

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 2: Last summer, I identified an alcohol problem with one of my family members. My dad and I went to visit family members for the break. My dad and I stayed over at one of my uncle's house and he had consumed a couple of beers. After midnight, I went outside and saw my uncle was still drinking and at that moment I began to realize that this had not been a one-time incident; however, I went back to sleep. A few minutes later, I heard a gunshot and immediately went to wake up my dad. We went outside and found my uncle shooting a gun many times and my dad talked him into letting the gun go. He grabbed the gun and we went inside to avoid getting into any trouble. My dad and I went to take him to his couch and he fell asleep. Afterward, I talked to my dad and told him that if we did not help my uncle, he could get in more trouble or create a tragedy. My dad and I agreed that we would convince him to sign up for rehab to help him with his alcohol problem. The next afternoon we insisted him to go shower and look presentable. He went to shower and thought that we were going out to eat. Later after he got ready, we told him that he was going him to sign up for rehab. He was in denial and insisted that he was not an alcoholic but a "person who enjoys spending a good time." My dad reminded him of what happened the previous night and told him that he could have made a greater deal of damage had he not stopped him. My uncle said that he would not try to stop us from taking him to rehab because he did not want to hurt himself or someone else unintentionally under the influence of alcohol. He signed up and after a few weeks of going back and forth from our house, we noticed progress in him. He did not go out as much and he had no beers lying around. He told us about his recovery experience and I even met some of his peers at the rehab center. We check up on him from time to time to make sure that he is keeping his promise and going to rehab to avoid falling into the abyss of alcoholism. Thinking back, I am glad we were in the right place at the right time.
From this experience, I learned that people should be careful when they consume alcohol and know their limits. Too much alcohol can cause tragedies. They can be prevented if people become more informed about the effects alcohol. When I go out with my friends, I avoid drinking because I know the damage it can cause. I have warned them that alcohol cannot lead up to any good and what can happen if one drinks too much. I am glad I have learned about what alcohol can do because I can inform family and peers about why alcohol is never a good thing and why it is important to avoid alcohol. I have done my research and have seen the demographics of people who drink alcohol. The many accidents that people under the influence of alcohol have caused are devastating and I do not want to be a part of that. I want the people I care to be safe from alcohol and from people who drink too much alcohol.

Meaningful Activities: Indoor Soccer Team // Grade 9 // 10 hours per week // Team Goalie
National Honor Society // Grade 10-12 // 3 hours per week // Member
Phi Theta Kappa // Grade 10-12 // 2 hours per week // Member
GCA DISD Teen School Board // Grade 11-12 // 4 hours per month // Senior Representative
Math UIL // Grade 11 // 3 hours per week // Team Captain
Class of 2018 Student Council // Grade 11-12 // 3 hours per week // Junior and Senior President

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity would definitely my role as class President. As President, I have the opportunity to get my class together and serve as their voice. People come to me for help and advice and I am always happy to help. Being the leader of my class, I have a lot of influence and I can help send messages and work with others to solve issues that we share.

Volunteer Activities: Day of the Dead Celebration at Church // Grade 9-12 // 5 hours per year // Service Member
Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum // Grade 10 // 8 hours per week // Volunteer
Gilliam Mentor Leader // Grade 11-12 // 60 hours per year // Mentor
North Texas Food Bank // Grade 10-12 // 15 hours per year // Service Member
Oak Cliff Earth Day // Grade 9-11 // 10 hours per year // Volunteer

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.: A few months back, I served as an advocate for preventing the abuse of alcohol for my friends. I spoke them and warned them about what are the signs of when enough is enough. I gave them pamphlets on where they can receive help if they or someone they know needs help. I talked to some people that I know that drink alcohol and I warned them about the precautions and alternatives that they can take.

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 25

Essay Option 1: She took a small bag of marijuana out of her purse. She smirked and lifted her eyebrows at me in a playful, almost teasing way. I was shocked, never having actually seen any type of drug outside of movies or television shows, which are what initially got me curious about them. At the time, I felt like everyone my age had tried some type of drug before except for me. This made me feel boring and like I was missing out on an essential part of being eighteen; as if getting drunk and high was a rite of passage. After all, it seems like media targeted to teenage audiences try to sell the idea that not being completely conscience of thoughts and actions at a random house party can be fun.

When I did not say anything, she took my silence as a sign of approval and continued to pull out rolling paper. “Do you want me to roll it or do you want to try?” she asked me. It was at this point that I realized what I was getting myself into. My parents had always been protective of me and warned me about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. If I were to go through with my original plan of smoking marijuana, I knew that I could make decisions I would later regret. I knew that if I were to get caught, I could face legal consequences. I knew that there was a possibility that I could have a negative reaction and no one would be able to help me. Suddenly, I became angry because I put myself in a risky position and chose to expose myself to that type of danger. I thought back to every chance I had to get out of this position, and I took none. In fact, I actively worked to put myself here, as I was the one who found someone who would sell me marijuana, I lied to my parents about where I was going. I even brought things with me to help hide the fact that I was planning on getting high, like perfume to mask the overwhelming scent and drops to make sure my bloodshot eyes did not give away my secret.

After noticing my silence and reading the apprehension from my face, she simply laughed. “What happened to not wanting to be boring? Don’t you want to try new things and actually experience life?” Her mocking tone just made me more upset, but her last question really stuck to me. I do want to try new things and experience the beauty that life has to offer. But how would I truly be able to enjoy these things if I were under the influence of drugs or alcohol? My senses would be impaired, which would mean I would not be able to take in everything going on around me. My memories could be altered, rendering my new experiences inaccurate and insignificant.

I would say this day changed my outlook on drugs and alcohol. What once appeared fun and to a certain extent, glamourous, to me now seemed so pointless. I learned that I did not need to be under the influence to have fun. In fact, I was never looking specifically to get high and put myself in danger, but rather to try new things that I could talk about later and look back on with fond memories. After this realization, I stopped referring to myself as boring for taking my personal decisions and health into consideration about staying away from harmful substances. Life is full of wonderful things, and all it takes to see this is to open your eyes and mind to take in the small things. In order to appreciate all that life has to offer, I pledge to remain drug and alcohol free.

Meaningful Activities: League of United Latin American Citizens // grades 9-12 // 2 hours per week // District III Secretary for Youth, Texas State Secretary for Youth

Yearbook // grades 10, 12 // 3 hours per week // staff member, photographer

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America // grade 11 // 1 hour per week // member

University Interscholastic League // grade 11 // 1 hour per week // Ready Writing team member

Theater technical crew // grades 11-12 // 5 hours per week // props master, stage manager

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has allowed me to become an active member in my community and grow as a leader who is unafraid to stand up for the rights of others. Most importantly, LULAC has allowed me to become comfortable in my own skin and truly appreciate my cultural background.

Volunteer Activities: League of United Latin American Citizens // grades 9-12 // 2 hours per week // help where needed

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church // grade 9 // 1 hour per week // help where needed

Dallas Public Library // grade 10 // 3 hours per week // Book Buddy

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 26

Essay Option 1: I had a tough time at home with an alcoholic grandpa and father. Even my uncle was already in jail for abusing drugs. There were unnecessary fights at home between my grandparents, my parents and my uncle with my grandma. We had to economically struggle more whenever the male figures had relapsed. There was a ton of money being spent on the alcohol, the cigarettes, or the drugs;it just should have been spent on groceries, house payments and bills. The house had reeked of weed or beer. My mom was always avoiding my dad, and the same goes for my grandparents at their house. Even at a young age, I was always aware that I was different from other kids. I couldn’t be in extracurricular activities because of the fact that there was just no money. My mother would cry from working so much, being more and more in debt. My grandma had taken me away from home until things worked out, that was 7th grade. Up until 7th grade, I thought that every family was made up of the same kind of people.
When I was away from the house, my grandma was identifying the issues the family had. At the time, my mom finally put my dad and my grandpa into a rehab center so that they could straighten those things out. However I learned a lot from being apart from my dad. I always knew that everyone economically struggling. It just never occurred to me that alcohol or drugs was hurting the family more than just on a health aspect. I was being fully educated on how to approach drugs. When I finally started High School, I was fully aware of the fact that I was not going to do any drugs or drink any alcohol. Anything that involves smoking, just kills you instantly and faster. Starting off with alcohol at a young age, it just creates substance abuse and impairing the person. When I had researched more about substance abuse, it had dawned upon me that people who abuse drugs are people who are emotionally damaged individuals that don’t know how to properly handle their emotional damage. Even though people see drugs and alcohol as a method of “having fun,” there is no way to have fun with killing brain cells and multiple organs. There have been multiple times when drugs and alcohol were available around me, it never sparks an interest in me though. The friends that started to use the substances, they were cut off from my life. I just know the mistakes from others when they misused substances, therefore I would like to avoid the problems that can destroy my future.

Essay Option 2: Entering High School was hard enough with all the difficult classes and work overload. The way I would manage stress though would be me sleeping and walking around the block. I never thought once to resort to alcohol use or drug use. However I was not ready enough for kids my own age to start popping pills and smoking. There were some friends of who fell into drugs, sadly enough they started to slip away from their academic habits. As a result I started to push those friends away as they had started to offer me drugs and alcohol. I had to push them away at first in order to identify a way to handle the situations properly. I had read numerous articles and books to identify ways to be emotionally stable. Therefore I took action to help my friends.
I had to identify to my friends that falling into those things would ruin their lives. I had talked with them about their problems at home, their insecurities and the self loath they have for themselves.
For the friends that actually wanted to stop misusing drugs, they allowed me to enter their darkest thoughts. I kept people busy by hanging out with them at the mall, doing homework and going out for food. Not to mention that I would talk out their emotions and feelings with my friends who wanted help. I learned though that not everyone can be saved from misusing horrible substances. I also learned that the people that can be saved from substance abuse will go through phases of sadness and stress, but they need a little help to head towards the right direction. Talking about emotions and being accepting of the emotions from others makes everyone very comfortable. By bottling up emotions leaves no good remark on anyone as it can leave to self medication with alcohol abuse or drug abuse. However I know that the way a person feels towards themselves or the things they experienced can affect the way to take out the negative emotions they have.

Meaningful Activities: National Spanish Honor Society//10th grade-12th grade//4 hours per week//President
Class of 2018 officer//10th grade-12th grade//4 hours per week/Secretary
Youth and Government//11th grade-12th grade//2 hours per week/member
Travel Club/9th grade-12th grade//1 hour/Vice President
Model UN//12th grade//2 hours per week/member
A Capella//10th grade-12th grade//3 hours per week//class officer
AVID//9th grade-12th grade//3 hours per week/President

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.:

Volunteer Activities: Northplace Church//9th grade-12th grade//6 hours per week//tutoring kids at church
Perot Museum//11th grade-12th grade//5 hours per month//be a tour guide at the museum
First Presbyterian Church//10th grade-12th grade//4 hours per month//feeding the homeless
Garland Animal Shelter//11th grade-12th grade//2 hours per week//walking the dogs and feeding the dogs

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 had always guided my friends away from drug abuse and alcohol abuse whenever they felt too stressed or too hateful towards themselves.

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: Throughout my life, it seems like drugs and alcohol was a best friend to my two older brothers and father. it always seemed like they needed it all the time or just needed to take the edge off for no apparent reason. It all affected me to see all of this as a young child because even I knew this was not something my mom liked. My mother already had many problems trying to control our father and it was hard for her to keep up with my two older bothers. To kind of thing, I never thought I would see the two fall apart from the horrible life of alcohol and drugs. My oldest brother Andrew was the one that suffered the most from his addictions. There were times when my older brother Andrew acted very aggressive to my other older brother Angel and they were both intoxicated.Andrew was also sick for quite awhile due to the fact he was very addicted to heroin. Heroin was was his main drug whenever I was in middle school. That drug became so addictive to him to the point he would get sick if he did not take that drug once a day. It was a memorable scene to watch him rush to the restroom to deal with his sickness feeling. Not only did my older brother Andrew deal with some complications with those habits, but so did my father. My very own father was not even around the house so much because right after he got off of work, he would go hang out with his friends and drink and smoke. it was pretty tuff growing up without seeing our father that much because I knew how much he meant to our family for financial reasons. He needed up getting deported back to Mexico because he got arrested for drinking and driving. When it came to my second oldest brother angel, he just smoked a lot in our house and had so many dealers and friends that smoked and drank come over to our house and disturb us. There were times when he would yell for no reason and frightened my two younger brothers and I. My mom got very upset and angry when he was very intoxicated and crashed her car because she did not even give him permission to take the car and because she knew she almost would lose one of her sons if the car accident was worse. It has taken a big tole to witness the much separation with my older brothers and my father. It has shown me to not following into the same pathway these people have faced because I really want to be with my family in the future and show my mother I am better than that. When I have kids, I want to be there for them and give them an amazing role model and let them know that they do have a father they can depend on for the future to stick with them through thick and thin. I will stay on the correct path and reach my academic and financial goals.

Meaningful Activities: Robotics Club / 25 to 30 hours a week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My meaningful activity would be robotics. It is the best activity I have ever heard of and I love the wonderful different people you meet as well as all the wonderful hands-on training you learn from so many types of tools as well as the machines in the workshop. The teamwork is amazing and it is the best program to be involved with if you love hands-on work.

Volunteer Activities: Debate competition // 10 hours in 2 days

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 28

Essay Option 1: It was homecoming of my sophomore year of high school year . On this night I became very aware of my stance and how I will construct myself as I will go through high school about drugs. We had just finished the homecoming dance and were headed to the traditional after party to someone’s house who was hosting it. As the party went on you found out who had or is who drinking alcohol, because people would be acting foolish or embarrassing themselves or even throwing up on the lawn. Kids would be on the toilet throwing up or knocked out because they consumed too much alcohol. As I walked through the house that night I was disgusted and embarrassed for people that I knew very well or people I didn’t know. Leaving that house I became more and more aware that I will never embarrass myself using drugs or alcohol and that I will be drug free while also inspiring others to do the same. There is no question to that night being a staple point of my decision from being abstinence of drug

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Varsity Football // 10-12th // 20 Hours per week // Defensive and Team Captain
Varsity Baseball // 9th-12th // 20 Hours per Week // Team Captain
National Honor Society // 10th-12th // 2 Hours per week // Participated
Fellowship Of Christian Athletes // 10-12th // 1 Hour per week // Participated
Business Leader Advisor // 9-12th // 1 Hour per Week // Marketing Relations

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: For me my most meaningful activity was getting a chance to play varsity football. I found so much passion and courage in the sport. The sport demands strength, commitment, and Moral character. The game of football was something I found so much enjoyment in. Football has been a good teacher on how to handle adversity and rise above it.

Volunteer Activities: Northridge Presbyterian Youth // 9-12th // 1 Hour per week // Participated
Meals on Wheels // 10-12th // 1 Hours per week // Participated
Stewpot // 9-12th // 2 Hours per week // participated
Vacation Bible school // 9th // 5 hours per week // youth leader

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 been a leader among my friends to be abstinence of alcohol and drugs. I have made my peer group well aware of my stance on being drug free and trying to lead them in a positive direction. I have discussed the issues of drugs in Church youth group and fellowship of Christian athletes.

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: I had a friend who was involved in all the same things that I was involved in, which included anything that had to do with music. He played the cello and I play the violin. We were in opera orchestra, varsity orchestra and symphony orchestra together, so our friendship quickly grew as our love and knowledge of music started to expand. He was kind-hearted, compassionate, driven, talented, and smart beyond belief. However, one bad decision took his life and changed his family and friends’ lives forever. His death was due to a drug related incident, which caused him to take his life only hours after he took the drug. A little while afterwards, one of my other friends called to let me know what had taken place. This was the moment that I realized how important it is to spread awareness about the impact that drugs cannot only have on your life, but countless others.
The picture that the media paints on drugs is that it is bad and something teenagers should not engage in for obvious reasons. From the moment we step into elementary school, we are plastered with the slogans, “hugs not drugs” or “Be the best you can be- be drug free.” However, with peer-pressure, these slogans can easily be forgotten because somehow, we teens have tried make doing drugs “cool” by popularizing it in everything we do. The experience that I had by attending my friend’-s funeral and also playing with numerous others for his service is something I would not anyone else to got through. As a teenager, we think that the death of one of our friend is beyond our reach because we’re too young to die right? It’s important for us to know that we are not above the consequences that follow the use of drugs. It is vital that we carry on the idea that drugs place a vital impact on the lives taken from the use of these individuals. My friend was going to graduate in the class of 2018 alongside me and many other of my friends. There is no doubt in my mind that he would have gotten accepted into some the best conservatories in the United States. Drugs disgust me now more than ever in my life. I feel that I should play a part in stopping anyone I see who finds an interest in doing drugs because I know that I can't handle attending another one of my friend's funerals. The time is now to take action against drugs and encourage awareness against the issue because it only takes one time for a life to be taken away.

Meaningful Activities: 2013-Present Perform music for senior citizens at nursing facilities
2014- Present Represent “The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s” Teen Council & Young Strings
Program at the DSO Gala for three consecutive years
2016-Present Appointed to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Teen Council Program
(Ambassador 2016/17, Counselor & Secretary 2017/18)
2015-Present Selected for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Young Strings Program
2014-2015 Booker T. Washington HSPVA Novice Debate Team

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: I have been a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Young Strings Program for four years. The mission behind Young String’s is to increase diversity of American orchestras. When I was accepted into this program, I was assigned Sho-Mei Pelletier (assistant-principal 2nd violinist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra) as my private teacher. Since then, I have been afforded numerous opportunities to share my talents. The opportunities range from playing for hundreds of homeless people during the “Empty Bowls” event, to representing The Dallas Symphony Orchestra at a Dallas City Council meeting. There, I lobbied for additional funding. Because of my experiences with this organization, music has transcended into my everyday life.

Volunteer Activities: Youth Advisor, Hamilton Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX
Assisted students with summer art projects.
Student Assistant, Royal Lane Baptist Church, Dallas, TX,
Assisted students with summer art projects.
Teen Council Ambassador, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas, TX,
Worked in the instrument petting zoo to expose young children to a variety of instruments
Volunteer, Royal Lane Baptist Church
Assisted with the renovation of the church cottage (house)

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 30

Essay Option 2: It was a memorable two days − moving my sister into her first college dorm room, meeting her fellow schoolmates, and experiencing the excitement of the college campus. I was unaware of how it would eventually lead me to pursue a deliberate path in life: helping others cope with school-related stress.
This journey was set in motion two years ago when I received a call from my sister, at the time a sophomore in college. A mutual friend, who was struggling to manage his stress, had turned to drinking until one night he was brought to the Emergency Room in critical condition. While his friends condemned his behavior, I remembered Mark as the only one to jump in and help move my sister’s things into her dorm room. I remembered him as the caring student who walked across campus to bring my sister chicken soup when she had the flu and as the “budding entrepreneur” with so much ambition. While others were judging his behavior, I kept thinking of the “human” behind this tragedy. When Mark decided to take a ‘gap year’ to get his life back in order, I remembered feeling sad for his loss and I wanted to understand what might have guided Mark toward a different outcome.
After a discussion with Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, Director of the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center, I learned there was no simple answer to an issue that was prevalent with many students across many campuses. I embarked on an extensive research effort, with one contact connecting to another until I had sought advice from 20 university professors, 10 nonprofit organizations, 6 college counseling teams, 4 school districts, and 6 private schools. Equipped with a greater understanding of the relationship between stress and alcohol usage among students, I created a program at my school, “Hearts On Campus,” to help teens develop stress-coping mechanisms and become more resilient before they enter college. Using a “club” concept, I introduced “relaxation tables,” and inspirational posters during times of high stress such as exams and college application deadlines. I later read about the social-emotional learning initiative at the Dallas Independent School District and met with administrators to recommend expanding my program to local high schools. Success ensued when the administration accepted my proposal and selected the first “pilot” school!
I’ve been fortunate to gain additional knowledge of the impact of stress on alcohol and drug use among teens and young adults by interning with Dr. Trivedi’s team at UT Southwestern to conduct a survey to determine the efficacy of stress-relief mobile apps. I’ve also been able to conduct technology research for a Wellness Technology Online Marketplace with an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Vice Provost for University Life. My goal is to use these experiences to enhance my high school program and continue to expand it to other school districts.
I would have never guessed that moving my sister into college would have brought me to a place where I focus on stress reduction. But I’m convinced this is a critical need; social media and the internet seem to buzz almost daily with stories of teen angst. And, far too often, the consequences of unrelenting stress are leading to the unimaginable – for those who are experiencing it as well as their family and friends.
While I founded “Hearts On Campus” with the hope of helping others, I’m mindful of how this experience has strengthened my self-awareness. I have gained a greater appreciation of my individuality. I understand the power of compassionate and non-judgmental listening and witnessed the impact of consciously engaging this skill in reaching out to others. I’m proud of my personal growth and look forward to helping others become more self-aware and confident in sharing their authenticity with the world and in avoiding the lure of drugs and alcohol.

Meaningful Activities: UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care // Grade 12 // 1 hour per week // Student Intern

University of Pennsylvania, Division of Vice Provost for University Life // Grades 12 // 1 hour per week // Research Manager

Hockaday Hearts On Campus Club // Grades 11-12 // 2 hours per week // President

Hockaday Neuroscience Club // Grades 9-12 // 2 hours per month // Member (9th), Executive Board (10th), Vice President (11th-12th)

Vibrato – Hockaday Literary Magazine // Grades 10-12 // 3-4 hours per week // Staff Member (10th), Assistant Photography Editor (11th), Co-Editor in Chief (12th)

Hockaday Career Mentoring Board // Grades 9-12 // 1 hour per week // Member (9th), Historian (10th), Co-President (11th), President (12th)

Hockaday Model United Nations (Model UN) // Grades 9-12 // 1 hour per week // Member (9th-10th), Secretary General (11th-12th)

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity is Hearts On Campus. In addition to the thoughts outlined in my essay, working on this program has allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and to understand more about myself while I learn how to help others cope with the challenges of day-to-day life. They say we do not change as we get older, we just become more clearly ourselves. In my case, I’ve found that statement to be both enlightening and true. I know that the success of the Hearts On Campus program is dependent on my ability to reach out to both other students as well as supporting organizations and, through this program, I’ve learned how to utilize my own communication style and empathy to convey an urgent need, connect with others, and push for change. My hope is to continue to work with high schools to better equip students to make smart choices regarding drugs and alcohol and, as a student at the University of Pennsylvania, to work with the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life to apply my learnings and passion to help my fellow students adjust to college life in a healthy manner.

Volunteer Activities: Hockaday Community Service Board // Grades 10-12 // 1 hour per week // Member (10th), Executive Board: Head of Communications (11th-12th)

Ronald McDonald House // Grades 9-12 // 3 hours per month // Member (9th), Executive Committee (10th-11th), Co-Communications/Marketing Chair (12th)

UTD Center for Brain Health SMART Camp // Grades 9-10 // 30 hours per week for 4 weeks // Teacher Assistant

Chinese Language Class for Beginners: Audelia Branch Public Library // Grade 11 // 2 hours per week for 4 weeks // Volunteer Teacher

Chinese Language Class for Beginners: Wesley-Rankin Community Center // Grade 12 // 2 hours per week for 10 weeks // Volunteer Teacher

University of Texas at Dallas Gong Fu Summer Chinese Camp // Grade 10 // 40 hours per week for 2 weeks // Teacher Assistant

China Service Trips // Grades 10 & 12 // 20 hours per summer // Orphanage & Eco-Farming Volunteer

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.: Although I didn’t hold an official title, I believe I acted as a leader by convincing my school’s administration to support my club, recruiting a club “board,” and coordinating the stress-reduction activities throughout the school year. I branched out to the community by working with DISD to introduce the Hearts On Campus concept to a pilot high school and by initiating the mobile app survey with UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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: It was a Friday night and I knew that I didn't want to be at home . I scrolled on social media to see if anything was going on that night. I came across a post that said it would be a party tonight. The only bad thing was that it said there would be no age limit and alcohol allowed. I knew my mom wasn't going to allow me to go. I decided to sneak out the house that night and called a few friends . I arrived to the party and it was not what I expected. I could barely see any one due to all of the smoke in the air. I instantly began to cough and my eyes watered. I seen other people that I knew yet they were years older than I. The atmosphere did not feel like a party. It felt like a place I was not suppose to be at full of alcohol, older people , and drugs. I was very uncomfortable and could not believe I snuck out of the house to go. The few friends that were there with me were outgoing and I usually didnt go places with them because they were trouble makers. My friends looked as if they had always gone to parties like the one we were at. They walked to the bar and of course I followed them . I was a bit confused because we were only 16 at the time. My friends then took a drink from the bar and asked if I wanted any. I quickly said no. I could not believe my friends were actually drinking. I reached in my pocket and seen 3 missed calls from my mom. I knew that it was time for me to leave at that point. I left without even telling my friends because by that time they were already drunk. I called an uber and arrived home later than I expected. It was 2 a.m. My mom was sitting on my bed when i entered the house. She knew that I had been somewhere I was not suppose to due to the alcohol smell on my clothes. I told her that I only snuck out because I knew she would not let me go. She snatched my phone out of my hand and grounded me. I felt so bad because I didnt know what urged me to even sneak out. The next day I heard on the news that my friends had got into a car accident . They were in the hospital for a few weeks. Now I am 18. I realized that I was young and wanted to fit in. Luckily I was smart enough to not drink or be pressured to but just going through the situation taught me alot. My mom knew that me sneaking out and going to a party would be a lesson for me because she did the same thing before.I am so thankful for going through that minor experience because it taught me several things . It taught me to hang with people that have a positive influence on you, dont do things to try to fit it, and most of all to know your worth.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Track & Field// 9th-12th //10 hours//Team Captain every year

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.:

Volunteer Activities: National Honors Society//10th-12th grade//5 hours// giving back to the community, passing out toys for tots, and food can drives.

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 , due to the fact that I am in National Honors Society. We have occasionally made posters that displays how to students should refrain from doing drugs or not be pressured to do so. We always had a no drug week where we gave out wrist bans that said "stay drug free". This helped my peers and I prove our leadership abilities .

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:

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities:

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.:

Volunteer Activities:

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.: growing up with my group of friends we would always talk about never getting ourselves into any kind of drugs so we all kept a close eye on each other about it especially me I would constantly remind them on how my older two brothers ended up from getting themselves into narcotics and how my oldest brother ended up getting sick for trying to stop his addiction.

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 have drank alcohol but it would only be for special occasions not on a daily basis. its never been a problem or an addiction to me drinking alcohol.

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

 

Applicant 33

Essay Option 2: “Overcoming obstacles may be challenging, but one who endures those challenges, learns from them, and prospers” is a quote I have came up and l live by.\During this school year, my friends and I had a friend die becuase he overdosed on drugs. This really opened up everyones eyes that one simple choice can effect not just the person but a large amount of people. It really effected me becuase, most of my family grew up using drugs and that is not the lifestyle I want for my future. I faced this problem by creating an event to gain awreness for drugd
In October of this year, I was given the task of creating a drug awareness program in our school, and through TLF (Texas Leadership Forum) a program for our community. As a leader, I had the responsibility of creating a game plan to ensure TLF would be the most successful organization in collecting unwanted prescription drugs in the Dallas area. With the help of the DEA, Drug Take Back Day aimed at a method to safely dispose of unused drugs, while creating awareness about the potential for abuse and medications.. I wanted to make it clear that this is a major concern in today's society. My plan was to promote, initiate, and execute. My group sponsor asked me what would be the most effective way to create drug awareness in our community? Stumbling through many ideas, I thought it would be best to hang up posters around local areas. Along with hanging up posters, I also promoted it through student council and our DASH (drug alcohol support help) committee. Exposure was one thing, but I knew I could not do the event all by myself. I recruited members of TLF and student council for the day of the event, then followed with a signup sheet. We had more than 17 volunteers combined from Texas Leadership Forum, and Woodrow Wilson High School. The volunteer’s task was to come up to individuals that were bringing drugs and tell them why we were there. We explained to the individuals that by coming and bringing their drugs, they are taking them out of other’s hands. October 28, was the day of the event, and it was time to execute all the planning prior to the event. My leadership and planning came together, and the event turned out to be a huge success. At our station we were able to collect 182 pounds of drugs, the second most in the Dallas Area. It was not just a mark of my leadership and organizational skills, but it was a benefit the community.
What I have learned through that experience is that leaders take action in what needs to be done, to help prevent these types of situations. Drug abuse is a problem that is quickly growing, and If i could help in this fight, then I will do what I can. Knowing that my team and I were able to save peoples lives is heart warming, not only to us but their families. I also have learned that once you take action, people are more likely to follow.

Meaningful Activities: student government executive President 2017-2018- 2 hrs per week
I let everyone's voice be heard and do as many changes as I can in my school.
Student government executive Treasurer 2016-2017- 2 hrs per week
Texas Leadership Forum Member-2 hrs monthly
The TLF group is composed of 2 seniors from each DISD school were are picked off of leadership in out school as well as academic record.
Member of Dallas Youth Lawyers Program- 3 hrs per month- work to tackle problems with immigration/community
Club/ High School soccer - 6 hrs weekly
DISD Teen School Board- 4 hrs per month
DISD TSB is very a group composed of 2 students from each group picked from leadership, and academic record. We come together to talk about problems we face in our district and school, and create solutions as a whole.
Global Harts Leaders Forum Attendee
Interact Club- 30 bi-weekly- Volunteer group
Psychology Club- 30 min monthly- studies psychological studies

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My most meaningful activity is student council. I love being able to tackle problems in our school before it spreads to our community. Our drugs and alcohol committee does a very excellent job on demonstrating to the school the consequences. We do a experiment called Shattered Dreams, right before prom. This shows students how drugs and alcohol can effect ones life as well as people around them, Being able to be a part of this movement in our school, as a student council, and having our student body participate shows how much we are leaning towards a better society.

Volunteer Activities: Family compass volunteer- 2 hrs weekly summer- I interacted with kids that were undergoing family situations, the location was kept private due to safety reasons. Most of the kids I get to do activities with are usually refugees with a very interesting background which makes me love to volunteer.
Football athletic trainer- 16 hr per week- I helped alongside athletic trainer at games and practice, I dedicated about 3-4 hours of practice a week and 3 hour long game days on Fridays. I was taught different was to wrap ankles, fingers, and wrists.
Habitat for Humanity,Lake Pointe Church- 7 hrs- I helped paint walls of a house, the house was already constructed by the previous group.
Woodrow Wilson- Peace Pantry-1 hr week 36 weeks- I help bring in and organize food at our school for kids that don't know where their next meal is coming from, the peace pantry focuses on the low family income students.
North Texas Food Bank- 4 hrs- I helped organize food into different bins such as , cereals, soups, and pastas.
St. Paul de Vincent- 5 hrs- I helped put tags and organize clothes by category.
Lake Pointe hygiene packages- 4 hrs- I helped make hygiene package for the homeless. The homeless would come in and identify themselves and then were given a hygiene package and were able to take a shower, and get a hot meal.
Stonewall Jackson Carnival 16’,17’-2 hrs- I helped run game booth at our feeder school carnival.
Non-profit- Emanuel Community Center- 45 min from 1/8/18-2/16/18- I help create a website for the nonprofit organization.
https://amarizpuerta99.wixsite.com/emmanuelcommunity
Here is the link!
Drug Take Back Day- 5 hrs- In my essay I talked about what happens, but we collected 182 pounds of drugs, the drugs were taken by the DEA and were disposed properly instead of going into others hands.

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.: Texas Leadership Forum is a group of people that tackle problems in our community/society. I served as the coordinator of our Drug Take Back Day at my high school, Woodrow Wilson. We gave out flyers to everyone who stopped and brought there unused drugs, as a reward.I promoted the event, which turned out very successful collecting 180 pounds of drugs ranked in the top 3 high schools that participated in this event.. I brought to the attention in our community, that we are facing these types of problems day by day. If young people take a stand we are creating a better society for the future.

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 2: Today I’m going to be speaking on a subject that goes unnoticed everyday. My name is Savannah Phillips I am a senior at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center in the Rosie Sorrells School of education and social Services, but enough about me, my subject today is teen peer pressure.
So i’m going to break peer pressure into 2 points first image and identity and then social media. I did a little research on my own and found out that the australian raising children network defines peer pressure as “when [someone] choose to do something you wouldn’t otherwise do” because you want to feel accepted and valued by your friends. It isn’t just or always about doing something against your will, it’s basically the effect that your friends have on you causing you to do bad things.
Often times peer pressure happens at school, because you are surrounded by kids who have different backgrounds and different parental guidance. I can’t speak for anybody else but growing up I had parents who drilled me with rights and wrongs constantly , they always kept me in church basically showing me that just because your friends are out doing it does not mean that it’s right. Along with my parents I also had church members who love to give children a better outlook at life. one of the benefits of growing up with such a support system is raising a child who understands their boundaries , has independence , and a child who is responsible according to the lighthouse christian school network.
As kids become older peer pressure only becomes more serious and revolves around things like drugs and sex. I’ve had friends who thought that having sex was cool, because their peers told them so, and now are pregnant in High School MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS, i have friends that are addicted to drugs or behind bars because they were trying to fit in. It’s crazy but I’ve sat through funerals where the child has committed suicide do to being bullied from social media. Because of peer pressure their image and identity is ruined because their not thinking about themselves their thinking about how others will see them if they don’t do certain things. Not only does peer pressure affect teens, but it also can be very demoralizing for the parents. i say this because most times kids are not blamed for their wrong doings it's always the parents who the fingers get pointed at. the parent is not to blame when the child has negative influences surrounding them because 9 times out of ten the parents have tried their best to lead them in the right way
Further, majority of teens haven’t developed the ability to distinguish what’s right and wrong at my age. My next point “Social Media” now if you guys didn’t know social media will really drain the life out of someone. I say that because we can access it 24/7 causing this to an source where all the Gossip & Drama starts. Often times youth don’t realize what they are doing while their tweeting,snapchatting, and posting rude things on Instagram. It really bothers me how apps that were created to connect you with family and friends could possibly end someone's life behind bullying them or having them to do things that we all know are not right. Did you know that a poll conducted by Statista Portal says that 68% experienced drama among their friends on social media 42% had someone post things about them that they cannot control 39% pressure to post content that will be popular and get multiple likes and comments. i’m really mind blown because this all relates to my first point Image & Identity.
Since we have explored what peer pressure is, it’s important that we discuss how to fix it. I believe that problem can be solved right at home with the parents.Even the bible says in proverb 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it” When parents raise a child right they know how to stay independent and strong willed , which is the ultimate remedy against peer pressure. In addition, when one friend decides to speak up it may encourage other friends to have the same independent attitude as them. (it takes a village to raise a child, how if we see an adult being a good example we will likely follow)
In conclusion, peer pressure affects teens lives in a negative way , but when there someone to guide them the negative cycle breaks.

Meaningful Activities:

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.:

Volunteer Activities:

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 35

Essay Option 1: In all honesty, I’ve never been to a place where there were drugs. I don’t do any drugs at all because I want to go far in life, but if I would see some drugs being used, I would go to my counselor and tell her what I see and let her handle it from there. It’s not a topic to be messing around with. Most of the people I talk to are not into those things and so I’m not introduced to this subject very well. But I will help that person do their best and try to get them off it. Thank you for your time, sorry for not having anything to write about.

Meaningful Activities: basketball //9-10// 18 hours// member
mu alpha theta //11-12// 2 hours// member
color guard //9-12// 6 hours // captain
best buddies club //11// 4 hours// member
Latin club //9-10//2 hours// member
Percussion //12// 3 hours// member

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: best buddies

Volunteer Activities: alter serving // 1 hour // leader of them at Saint Bernard/ started in 2008
Head Start // 2 hours //

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: There were times when my uncle wouldn't make the best decisions and he would drink and smoke right in front of me, to him it was a way for him to relieve stress. I would just watch him do all of this while I just sat there knowing that what he was doing was wrong and it was slowly killing him on the inside. I would usually think that just because I was a kid that no one would listen to anything I had to say or what I thought about the situation. Though one day I mustered all of my courage and walked up to my uncle and told him that what he was putting into his body was hurting him, he might not see it because it's not the outside but as he got older he would see the consequences in the end. He just starred at me and nodded then left, the next month I heard my mom talking to her brother congratulating him on having stopped his drinking and smoking. On that day I saw that no matter what age you are you can still make a difference in people's lives.

Meaningful Activities: NHS (11-12th grade) went for 10 hrs. per week
Nurses of America (10-11th grade) went for 5 hrs per week
Keeping Townview Beautiful (9-12th grade) went 7 hrs per week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.:

Volunteer Activities: Matachine// 9th-12th grade// 20 hrs a week
Usher// 10-12th grade// 15 hrs per week
Library Assistant // 9-12th// 10 hrs per week

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 been fortunate enough to grow up in a family where no one fell victim to substance abuse. However, I have witnessed countless people my age make poor decisions regarding drugs and alcohol. One example stands out vividly. Junior year, one of my friends and teammates began to go to parties and drink. I was not close with her, however I began to notice she was becoming very unhappy and reclusive. I became worried because she was usually so outgoing and lively. I tried to talk to her without pushing her to disclose to me because I figured if she wanted to open up to someone, it would be a friend she was closer with. One night, she called me sobbing. I had no idea what was happening and I frantically asked her if she was alright. She asked if she could come over to my house to talk and I readily agreed. She showed up a few minutes later looking exhausted and like she was about to crumble into a pile right there on my doorstep. We went into my bedroom where she vented to me for hours. Come to find out, all of the close friends I thought she had been confiding in, were actually stabbing her in the back. She had been friends with the same people since Pre-K but now her “friends” were drinking, partying and doing drugs. She did not want to participate in those activities but the more she said no, the more these people shunned her. So she caved. She started acting like her “friends” so they wouldn’t abandon her and leave her completely alone. However, acting like these other people made her hate herself. She couldn't stand to look at herself in the mirror because she couldn’t recognize the person looking back at her. She came to me even though we weren’t the closest of friends, and confided in me. She respected the decisions I was making to avoid alcohol and drugs. Of course I told her that these so-called “friends” were not worth the torture she was putting herself through. If they were her real friends, she wouldn’t be inclined to compromise her morals and integrity for them. She greatly appreciated my advice and my willingness to be a shoulder for her to cry on. She didn’t realize that she had helped me equally as much as I had helped her that night. I had been contemplating giving into the temptations that were all around me and I figured if everyone else was doing it, so could I. After that night, those thoughts stopped crossing my mind. I was determined to help my friend overcome these demons, and I was not going to be a hypocrite while doing so. Throughout the following weeks, I became very close with the girl mentioned above. I did not realize how hard it would be for her to cut ties, not only with alcohol, but with the “friends” she had been so close with. It frustrated her to see them having fun without her and there were times she slipped up, but I was there to straighten her up and remind her she wasn’t alone. Now she is one of my best friends and one of the most positive influences on my life. I don’t make the continuous decision to abstain from drinking or drugs because of her. I do it for myself. I have seen how broken a person can become by participating in those harmful activities. I have seen it ruin relationships and opportunities. I want to be the one controlling my life, not a foreign substance. I don’t want to be a hypocrite or another statistic. I want my best friend to know she trusted the right person and at the end of the day, she can be just as proud of me, as I am of myself.

Meaningful Activities: Girls Basketball: Grades 9-12// 16 hours per week// Unity/Leadership Council, Team Captain
SOS- freshman mentoring program: Grade 12// 4 hours per week
Track and Field: Grades 10-12// 12 hours per week// Team Captain
Super SAC- Superintendent Student Advisory Council: Grades 12// 2 hours per week
NHS- National Honor Society: Grades 11-12// 1 hour per week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: Super Sac or Superintendent Student Advisory Council, has been the most meaningful activity I participated in during high school. Super SAC is a committee of students (3 from each high school in the district) that meet with the superintendent to discuss issues within the schools and come up with solutions to those issues. We are considered to be the voice of the 39,000 students in our school district, and it is a great honor to have been selected to be on this committee.

Volunteer Activities: Pioneer Ridge Gracious Retirement Living- Senior citizen home: Grades 9-12// 1 hour per week// Activity volunteer
Tutor: Grade 12// 2 hours per week// 3rd grade tutor for child with learning disability

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 part of a freshman mentoring program at my school called SOS. I help give lessons to a freshman class once a week throughout the whole school year. Many of these lessons pertain to making good choices, especially regarding drugs and alcohol. My job is not only to set a good example for the freshman, but also be their friend and a sounding board for them. The freshman are able to look up to me because I make responsible decisions and I can provide them with advice they can relate to, more so than an adult mentor.

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: My entire high school career has been littered with opportunities to go out with friends and probably come in contact with drugs or alcohol. Bring your own beer and weed posters are a commonality if you are in the know. So and so maybe having a party and nine out of ten times if the cops show up, someone is getting arrested for illegal possession of marijuana or some other inane drug that so and so got from his cousin. If there was ever a sketchy scene, it is the high school substance use scene.
I made a promise to myself that I would never attempt to “enjoy” alcohol or drugs with my friends from school because there are more dimensions to those situations than getting a little buzzed and having a ”good time”. Both my parents struggle with drugs and alcohol addictions, and there is a good chance if I were to persistently indulge in getting a little buzzed with my friends on the weekends, I would experience the emotional and physical trauma of addiction just like they have.
My parents initially got divorced because of my father’s crazed addiction to marijuana and alcohol, coming home profusely drunk and high nearly every night, and waking up at ungodly hours to go to work. I barely saw my father when I was around 10 years old, and after their divorce my communications with him were few and far between—I couldn’t imagine what that was like for him. Soon after my mother fell into a spiral of life crippling depression and assumed an old habit from her 20’s where she would get plastered drunk to pull her away from consciousness.
Life for both of them became so hard. My mother would take narcotics nonstop to repress the constant pain of a back injury from 2001. She went 10 years and all of the sudden crippling pain kept her in bed day and night. She was constantly sick and she hated seeing family, friends and even me. She has been to rehab twice already. It was only when she realized that everyday would have to be a fight that her life became more survivable—being bared piece by piece. My father has suffered from multiple head injuries from his drunken stupors, so much so that his personality has permanently changed and he has lost his sense of taste.
The symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse have turned people I cherished into people I didn’t recognize. I had to learn who they were again, and it will forever be one of the most devastating experiences I’ve ever had with people; because my family isn’t just my family, they are people. They have consciousness and ambition just like I do, but they chose to flee from it. Alcohol and drugs stole their time, crippled them and their relationships all at the same time, and to witness it was a great denouncement of who I knew to be the people I loved more than anything.
This is why I don’t drink or smoke with friends. It’s not that I believe me or my friends will abuse the act, but I don’t ever want to witness people I respect throw their consciousness away, throw their continuity away. One is different when they become desensitized to the world. I don’t want to breed that culture or influence my mind to justify it; I know what it can do.

Essay Option 2:

Meaningful Activities: Captain of Track and Cross Country//9-11//17 hrs/wk 15 wks/yr, Lacrosse//10//10 hr/wk 10 wks/yr, Mock trial Head Lawyer//10-11, 8 hrs/wk 12 wks/yr, Politics Club, Biomedical Research Lab President//9-12// 8 hrs/wk 30 wks/yr, Robotics Club Project Manager//11-12//4 hrs/wk 32 wks/yr, National Honor Society President//11-12//8 hrs/wk 36 wks/yr, Environmental League Project Manager//12//4 hrs/wk 36 wks/yr, AdCap Venture Capital Grant Recipiant Academy of Engineering Senior Scholar//9-12//4 hrs/wk 36 wks/yr, and Intern at UT Southwestern Medical Center//10-12//20 hrs/wk 12 wks/yr

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: I never imagine my ‘first’ ever work experience would be so ideal. Over the last two summers of 2016-2017 I’ve worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Department of Neurology and Neurotherapy under Dr. Richard Dewey in accordance with his Parkinson’s Biomarker study--being published later this coming year, in 2018. My time there was inspiring, working closely with research coordinators, who would soon become friends, and established Post-doctorates and professionals in the field of Neurology--specifically neurodegenerative disorders. I was an intern there for 144 days, 20 hours a week, for two summers, and the trust endowed in me by the end of my work experience was priceless.

Volunteer Activities: Swedish Women's Education Association//9-12//Participated in various service opportunities for Swedish cultural events// Aggregated 50 hrs
North Dallas Food Bank//9-12// Sorting food// Aggregated 30hrs
El Refugio Refuge Center// Helped with projects on facility// Aggregated 80 hrs
Mission Road// Assisted with activities for disabled children// Aggregated 40 hrs
NHS Service//Different service campaigns across campus and with partners of the organization//Aggregated 123 hrs

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.: I have never used drugs, but I have consumed alcohol on one occasion. It was a deplorable experience, and in retrospect, I was glad to be surrounded by family and close friends at the time; I don't believe I would have been safe otherwise. It was an eye-opening experience to how depleting alcohol is to your feelings and composition of your personality. It taught me how drinking doesn't fix anything. I felt spaced from life as I knew it, and in that moment my potential was drowned.

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

 

Applicant 39

Essay Option 1: I am an artist.
I know that without God, this thing I call my talent, would be long disintegrated. As a person, I am constantly re-creating to make better. This passion, this talent, this versatility, has evolved from rudimentary performances to, what I believe, is a vessel that an audience can utilize in order to receive the overall message. Over the years, I, someone whose nickname was once the “drama queen” for being such a flamboyant, exuberant child, now knows and appreciates the process associated with putting forth her best effort, being mentally prepared and confident, and finally, giving up mind , body and soul in the name of being a character. I believe that my journey as a performer will further my understanding of what my purpose is on any type of team.
Being in the performing arts field for years and now attending a top performing arts school in the country, I have learned the importance of support, love, acceptance, and perseverance. Because of these aspects, this culture is so beautiful. It gives people a new space to feel greater than and loved. However, there is a subculture affiliated, that I take great priority to destroy.
On a regular basis I witness the hype and praise about alcohol and drugs. Artist feel that these two things are essential elements of “successful” people in the field. Whenever I meet someone with this mindset, I sternly assure to them, that is not.
My gifts and my talents are a part of my mission on this Earth. I believe that being able to express my feelings and share my ideas is something that I hold in high regard, and I am beyond blessed that I have that ability to affect people. It would be a waste if I didn’t use my abilities to cease the drug problem in the artistic community.
I remember the feeling I had when I received the news. Remembering the instant fear and sadness flow through my veins as I was told that a dear friend of mine died, because of drugs. I had no idea that this moment would began the journey of what would captivate and command the rest of my high school career. I cannot help but to resist any substance that is thrown my way. I am more cautious, I am holding people accountable to keep them safe and I am using my voice to explain the true precautionary. Because this situation hit so close to home, I know and understand the lack of control drugs and alcohol react in your body. I know I have to be a beacon of light to others who truly don’t understand the risk associated with these things. I hate that my school had to experience the most extreme outcome of the nasty substances out there, but I can only hope that people are “woke” about the seriousness. My surroundings have impacted the way I see circumstances and different situations.
Discipline has always benefitted me. This lesson helped me distinguish myself throughout my educational and artistic career from students who chose to skip school, consume alcohol, and let their excuses for failure define them. My decision to stay disciplined positioned me to develop relationships with a lot of people, by simply being a leader. This task was not always easy, but it is a working progress for everyone.

With great determination, I will impact the world with my passion for art and others. I am an Artist, who lives substance free.

Meaningful Activities: Student Council- 9,10,1/ 3 hours a week
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters- 9,10,11- Curtis King/ 2 hours a week
Masters Program- -9,10,11
Thriving Minds- 12/ 2 per week every 3
Congo Street the Musical- 10/ over 80 hours total
Whitney the Musical- 9/ over 80 hours
World Affairs Council- Created the Branch and President -11,12/ 1 hour a week
4;12 Ministry- President- 11/ 2 hours a week
DISD AP Testing Seminars- 9,10,11/ 2 hours a month
Links Incorporated G.E.M.S- 9,10/ 3 hours a month
Competitive Cheerleading- E.C Athletics- 9/ 4 hours a week
Links Incorporated- Growing and Empowering Minds for Success- 9,10/ 2 hours a month
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing And Visual Arts- 9,10,11(over 80 hours for each show, including rehearsal and performance)
A Rhyme Deffered-9
Malveuxs Parish- 9
Hair the Musical- House Crew-10
The Gamble- Stage Manager-11
Oklahoma the Musical-Aunt Eller-11
In The Heights- Daniela- 12
Dallas Theater Center- Joel Ferrell, Christ Vela- Oklahoma- 11/ 2 hours a week
Jack and Jill Beautillion- Belle- 11,12/ 3 hours a week
SMU W.I.S.E Summer Classes- 9/ 3 hours a week
Embody Love Club- 9,10,11/ 2 hours a month
A.D.O.R.A- 10,11/ 2 hours a month
Denton County Raiders- Basketball. Coach Deana Hewitt- 9/ 3 hours a week
Dallas 24 Hour Film Race- 9,10/ 3 hours a week
St.Luke United Methodist Church- 9,10,11( church activities 6 hours a week)
Mime Ministry-9,10,11
Youth Sacred Dancers- 9,10,11
Youth Choir- 9,10,11
Youth Representative for the Finance and New Building Committee 11,12/ 1 hour a week
UIL Shalloween- 9/ 2 hours a week
Private voice lessons:- Teacher, Andrea Willis. 9/ 1 hour every two weeks
Jacob Peugh- Summer Dance- 11/ 8 hours a week
John Robert Powers- Acting, Marketing- 9,10/ 2 hours a week

Please comment on your most meaningful activity.: My parents, my mentors and my churches’ lessons have significantly impacted my life for the better. Growing up in St.Luke Community United Methodist Church, has instilled important principles that have been engraved in me from the start. these lessons help me grow and live a positive life. My most meaningful activity would be the ones that take place in my church. Youth Council President- Mime Ministry- Youth Sacred Dancers- ADORA- Youth Choir-and Youth Representative for the Finance and New Building Committee. each of these programs and ministries have made me a stronger, wiser, and better person. I serve my community, and I'm always surrounded by inspiring people.

Volunteer Activities: Meals On Wheels- 11 hours total (2 hours/monthly/year)
Boys and Girls Club- 12 hours total( 2 hours/monthly)
Junior Wolrd Affairs Council- Created the branch at my school (4 hours/month/year)
Loathes and Fishes- 6 hours total (1 day/monthly)
North Texas Food Bank- Organizer- (40 hours)
Timberglen Recreational Center- Summer Volunteer- 42 hours (6 hrs/weekly/2 months)
Where Are You Outreach- 3 hours (1 day event)
Boys and Girls Club- 10 hours (2hours/monthly)
Susan Coleman Breast Cancer Walk- 9

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 an active member on senior class council. I express the importance before school functions, to not come on drugs or with alcohol. I have helped input precautionary measures to make sure students are not in any way enhanced with the use of substance.

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