SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: $1,000
Westford Academy – Westford, MA
We all have a path to follow; something that motivates us every day. I didn’t know what mine was until the first year high school. “Ask me why I’m Purple!” I had seen the phrase plastered on the back of a female student’s purple shirt during the Freshman Activity Fair. It was at this time that I was first acquainted with the club Project Purple. A club about making good decisions, being a positive role model, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle free from drugs and alcohol. I was immediately interested, and decided to sign up that very day. My own commitment to sobriety, in addition to my family’s loss of my mother’s older brother, who suffered from opioid addiction, and was tragically lost to an overdose before I could meet him, propelled me to join. What I didn’t know at that time was that this club would become one that changed my life.
Since I was elected president, the drive to better the club that has become my passion has only grown, and I am truly proud of the progress that has taken place. To start, membership has risen as a result of campaigns around the school. We’ve also held and participated in many events, such as a “Be You” day promoting positive self-image and numerous volunteer-based teen centers at the middle schools. We have developed plans for the rest of the year, including a semi-formal fundraising dance and a mock accident warning senior of the results of drunk driving. I even had the privilege of serving on the National Go Purple Advisory Board…Once a shy yet curious freshman, I had no idea where this club would bring me. I recognized my desire for helping others and dissatisfaction with abuse of drugs and alcohol, but never expected to learn a worthwhile lesson. There are no limits on what each of us can do, as long as we find a passion worth the fight.