By Joseph Kenny | email@example.com | twitter: @josephkenny2
Polite, bright, confident and articulate.
Those qualities stand out as a first impression of Visitation Academy students Caroline Gaughan, Theresa Fister and Bella Moak. But there's more — much more to their talents and outlook. Achievement-oriented and concerned about their community, their work demonstrates that they could outsmart your average college graduate.
High school seniors? Nope. Juniors? Nope. Two sophomores — Theresa and Bella — and an eighth-grader, Caroline.
By Jennifer Brinker | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
Registering to vote was a routine matter for Audrey Strifler, but when she approaches the voting booth next month for the first time, it will be anything but that.
The senior at St. Joseph's Academy registered about a month ago, when she renewed her driver's license on her 18th birthday.
"I'm looking forward to being able to voice my opinion," she said. "I feel like it's a right denied to a lot of people (in other countries). People don't think that their individual voices matter and they can't make an impact, but when everybody comes together they can."
The 12 rising juniors and two teachers from Ursuline Academy had no experience using power tools. However, this didn't stop them from traveling June 9-13 to Joplin, Mo., to help build a house for an elderly woman whose home was destroyed in the 2011 tornado.
The biggest challenge of the week, said Caroline Adams, a student at Ursuline Academy who spent the week putting siding on the house, was "to overcome" her fear of making mistakes, "to finish tasks I didn't know I could do."