This student is deserving of being the next student community leader because she is a big help to everyone around her. She has excellent grades and excelled in her sport of choice soccer. She has entered and been asked to play in all of the soccer events she can! She is the example of hard work and dedication, she has the big responsibility at home of being the eldest sibling and taking care of two younger siblings whenever they need her. Everyone knows her as a funny, confident, compassionate young lady. She is the perfect example of a student leader you won’t regret choosing Rowan Blodgett.
My name is Ella Wilson, and I am an overcomer! I was diagnosed with dyslexia in early elementary school. This caused lots of struggles through middle school and early high school. I was 3-4 grades behind in comprehension for a number of years. It was amazing parents, teachers, coaches, and tutors who walked with me to get me to be the person I am today. I have always been determined to overcome obstacles that are put in front of me. Some may call it being stubborn, I call it perseverance to succeed. As I write this essay, I carry a 3.9 GPA in high school and am currently ranked #44 in my class. Not bad for someone who started middle school with a 2nd-grade reading level. My dream is to help those who have struggled like me. I am pursuing a degree in Education with an emphasis on Special Education. I had many teachers and tutors walk with me to help me overcome my setback of dyslexia. If I can come alongside, as a teacher, who helps others overcome that would be my dream. I volunteer for the Special Olympics and am starting to build relationships with those who struggle with learning disabilities. My time as a volunteer for the Special Olympics has brought me much joy. If I could change the world, or even start in my community, it would be by helping come alongside those who have disadvantages in learning. It requires patience, determination, kindness, and gentleness, to succeed in this field. This is something that I think I offer to everyone I come in contact with. Most of the time, these leaders in our community are underpaid and unseen, but I see this as an opportunity to help someone else overcome and use my gifts to help others. These would be my dreams and hopes for the future. One thing that makes my heart beat is soccer. I found out a week before my Senior year, I would not be able to play due to an injury causing me to have surgery. This was heartbreaking, but also an opportunity to lead my team from the sidelines. It also gave me an opportunity to have a comeback from a setback. Through constant training and practice, sometimes 10 hours a week, I have been offered the opportunity to play in college. This has been one of the many goals I set for myself as a child. I’m excited to see where soccer takes me and put into practice lots of the lessons I learned from playing on teams and being a teammate. Thank you for considering me as a candidate for this scholarship. I hope to return to the Flathead Valley in years to come and teach for the same school district that helped me become a leader, a successful student, and an overcomer. Thank you, Ella Wilson Glacier High School Class of 2023
Dedication, hard work and discipline comprise a superficial list of extremely important values that are incorporated in my day-to-day life. Being a part of a family of 11, a strict structured schedule and exceptional time management skills are developed at a young age. Almost all my siblings are adopted from different backgrounds making my family dynamics tremendously diverse. My two moms have devoted their life to adopting kids in need and by adopting them it opens a world of opportunities that every imaginable to them. Coming from a big family, finical aid is necessary for me to attend college. I am not adopted but I accept all my siblings as if they were related to me. My parents strive for me to have the best options available, so they encourage that I participate in extracurricular activities. Throughout my high school journey, I have participated in multiple different activities including football, cross-country, basketball, wrestling, track and field, the national honor society, the climbing club, a weightlifting club, band, and pep-band. Other interests that I engage in outside of school are boy scouts, the Mine Yard Dogs wrestling club, and Silver Bow Youth Leaders. Over my 17 years of life, I have also acquired some hobbies that I like to take part in during my free time. Some hobbies of mine include bowling, solving Rubik’s cubes, performing magic card tricks, reading books, and volunteering my time to give back to the community. I have a part time job that includes cleaning my mom’s private practice building every weekend and, in the summer, I split wood for people. As a student, I try to take the most rigorous classes available to expand my knowledge and to challenge myself. During my academic exploration, I have taken many AP level classes as well as a plethora of honor classes. My grade point average is a 3.7, and the reason for that is because when challenged with difficult materials and subjects I continue with the course. I could have dropped the difficult courses and went into easier classes to achieve a 4.0 grade point average, but my values have always steered me towards difficult tasks to expose me to failure. I believe that one grows as an extremely faster rate and becomes more knowledgeable when they fail because it forces them to learn.
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