Scotch Plains, NJ, USA
Activities & Involvement:
I have enjoyed being involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities during my high school years. I was a Leadership Counsellor for the Annual Leadership Training conference for my community’s Educational Enrichment Foundation. I have been a Student Advocacy and Awareness Ambassador for Ava’s Voice; an organization aimed at empowering youth with Usher syndrome and I am a Snapshots D/HH Mentor for the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network. For more career related activities I have been involved in the Financial Literacy Through Investing and the Future Business Leaders of America clubs in my high school. This year I qualified to attend the state conference for the Future Business Leaders of America club and was a finalist in the International Business category. Sports have also been an important part of my high school life. I will remember the Scotch Plains Ski Club trips, playing recreational soccer, and being on the high freshman volleyball team, a member of the cross country team for 3 years, and a varsity swimmer for all 4 years in high school. Swimming for the FSPY club swim and being a Paralympic sports club have given me incredible opportunities to travel in my state and around the country participating in paralympic swim meets.
Honors & Achievements:
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School National Honor Society member
2021 NJ Youth Soccer Brett Fenster Memorial Scholarship recipient
RIT’s Disability Leadership and Scholarship Program
U.S. Paralympics Swimming Short Course Yards American record holder in 100 Back
I will be studying Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I hope to continue to positively impact the disability community by speaking and raising awareness about having a disability. I certainly hope to have gained business leadership skills and use that knowledge to contribute to Ava’s Voice, the non-profit organization I have been involved in. And then within the business community, I hope to raise awareness about the Americans with disabilities act and help remove the fear of hiring someone with a disability.
I am most proud of how I was raised. I do not hide the fact that I am disabled and that I need help in certain situations. It is important for me to be confident in myself when I am doing anything in life.