Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Student of the Year Candidate: Hayley Gross

The 2nd Annual North Texas Student of the Year program boasts a strong class of high school candidates this year.  These students are currently competing in a six-week fundraising campaign to raise funds for and awareness of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  Lewisville senior Hayley Gross is one of the candidates and introduced herself and discusses why she chose to compete in this campaign this year.

What interested you about the Student of the Year Program?
I was interested in applying for Student of the Year because it was a great opportunity to raise money for those with cancer and to step up and be a leader in my community. 

What organizations are you currently involved in?
In addition to volunteering with LLS, I am also a member of Lewisville High School's National Honor Society, Interact Rotary Club, and Student Council. I am also the Community Service Officer for the 2016-2017 LHS HOSA (Future Healthcare Workers) Chapter. I volunteer once a week with Aspen Hospice to visit hospice patients in my community, and I volunteer one Sunday a month with my church to teach the pre-K classes.

What are you hoping to achieve through your Student of the Year experience?
While participating in this campaign, I hope to achieve my goal of $8,000, but more importantly, I hope to make an impact in the lives of children and adults living with cancer with all the money and awareness I raise. 

What are you plans for next year?
I am attending Stephen F. Austin next year in Nacogdoches, Texas. I will be majoring in Nursing, and once I graduate, I hope to work in the ICU for a few years before I go back to school to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. 

What is your favorite quote?"Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."  - Joshua 1:9

The Student of the Year campaign is a six week program where high school juniors and seniors compete for scholarships and the title of North Texas Student of the Year.  The campaign will end with a Grand Finale on Friday, April 7th.  We wish all the candidates the best of luck!

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