SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: $1,000
Cape Hatteras Secondary – Hatteras, NC
Two years ago, in the spring of my sophomore year in high school, I began hearing about Going Purple. After hearing about this movement, I decided to do some research to find out more about what Going Purple was all about….I then proceeded to present the idea of starting this group to one of my teachers who agreed that it was needed and would be a wonderful addition to our school. This was a major achievement for me, but I did not want it to stop there.
At the beginning of my senior year, I was determined that our Going Purple club would host an event each quarter at my school. The first event of the year was a dodge ball tournament which had teams of middle school students, high school students, and teachers. This was a resounding success and seemed to embed what Going Purple means into the culture of our school. The second event we hosted was a powder puff football game. Community members came in support and local businesses donated prizes. It was an event that compared with any varsity football game and let our community know about our Going Purple club.
Seeing my peers get so excited is one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever experienced and I believe my part in establishing our Going Purple club is my biggest accomplishment. What is remarkable is that impressing some teenagers with a group that stands against substance abuse is a real struggle. We are planning more events for the future, such as a color run and a two-on-two basketball tournament. I have been inspired by many role models and I hope that others have seen me as an inspiration as well.