From growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, to my recent years spent at Chapel Hill High School in North Carolina, I have always been excited by the beauty of our planet. I have also found great personal satisfaction in serving my local community.
During high school I kept myself busy as the captain of the mountain biking team, the founder of the Chapel Hill High School Ski Team, and Co-founder of the CHHS Stock Exchange Club. In addition to my school clubs, I was an active Boy Scout for twelve years. My Scouting activities culminated in my Eagle Scout award in 2016. Through Scouting, I have enjoyed many high adventure trips and learned a lot about the great outdoors. I created and lead a hike in the 100 Mile Wilderness in Maine to the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. About 10 miles into this hike, I fractured a bone in my foot. I managed to successfully hike the final 90 miles at the young age of 15, using sheer will power (and ibuprofen). The next summer I planned and lead a hike from the base of Mount Adams in Washington state, 100 miles south to the top of Mount Hood in Oregon at age 16. Last summer, I helped plan and lead an unsupported cycling trip along the entire Blue Ridge Parkway’s 510 miles. Just after the Blue Ridge trip, I traded my bike for an English teaching position in Ciego de Avila, Cuba. While in Cuba, I helped renovate a community center and taught Cuban families English for four weeks. During these summers I also enjoyed being a five year veteran of an entirely student run, live television broadcast of Durham Bulls baseball. I learned how to operate TV cameras, direct broadcasts, run replays, and even coordinate the entire sound system for the game! All of my experiences have given me new perspectives and further fueled my passion for environmental sustainability and technology!
My passion for serving and helping others is also important to me. When I moved to Chapel Hill, I decided that I needed to give back to the community. I joined PORCH, an all-volunteer hunger relief organization in our community and have helped SKAJAJA, an organization that awards scholarships to underprivileged youth to pursue interscholastic and extracurricular activities. These activities have helped me realize that so many people in our world need help, and that service can be both fun and meaningful.
I decided to attend Appalachian State University because I have genuinely never felt more at home at a place that was not actually my home. The overwhelming sense of Mountaineer pride and community can be seen on the face of every student on campus. The atmosphere is so overwhelmingly comfortable and optimistic; I could easily picture myself fitting in as a part of the Appalachian community!
I consider myself a mountain person. I love what western North Carolina offers: top notch skiing, world class biking and hiking, wild beauty and the community’s respect for the environment.
Being accepted as a Wilson Scholar has been my greatest honor. The award has strengthened my thirst for academic excellence and motivated me beyond my prior expectations. I plan to take this new found motivation, drive, and passion into my daily endeavors on campus and create positive change on App’s campus, in the Boone community, and around the world!
I sincerely want to thank everyone who has had a hand in helping create who I am today. Without you, I would not have been capable of achieving much of what I have done in the past few years! I also thank Appalachian State and Mr. and Mrs. Wilson for believing in me.