I have been a part of Helping Hands Ending Hunger since it began in my school. Since middle school I have been a volunteer involved in rescuing food from our cafeteria, packing milk and food bags and distributing food to students and their families on Fridays. Because of my work with Helping Hands, it came to my attention that some of the same students who were getting food were also on my sports teams. I noticed when we went to away games and tournaments those students didn’t have food or money to buy food. My parents sent extra money to buy food for my teammates in need, but that was only helping a small fraction of student athletes. Students were expected to compete all day with little to no food. That was a big problem!
That is when I came up with the idea for Snackletics. I helped develop this program as an off-shoot of Helping Hands Ending Hunger to send snacks to away games, events and functions for high school sports teams, bands and clubs. Coaches also make use of milks that may not be distributed through Helping Hands to nourish their athletes with essential protein, ensuring nothing is wasted.
I work at my school in the summers as assistant to our technology administrator. I teach Children’s Church to children ages 5-10 at Harvest Worship Center and I volunteer in the sound booth with community youth theater. The opportunity to serve as a docent for a Smithsonian exhibit was a wonderful experience. I was inducted by National Society of High School Scholars and was nominated by College Board for national recognition. My goal is to attend Virginia Tech as a cadet and major in engineering. Following college, I plan to commission in the Army where I will use my degree in the field of combat engineering.