Eastside High senior among top volunteers in Florida
Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 6:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 6:02 p.m.
During four years of high school, a typical student might join an academic club or two, lend a hand for a charity event or toss around ideas on the prom committee.
But Eastside High School senior Hannah Rogers did all of the above, and much more, racking up about 1,100 hours of service to her school and community in the last year alone.
Rogers was honored by the Florida Department of Education this week as one of five statewide Youth School Volunteers of the Year.
“I was really honored,” Rogers said Monday.
She won the district award for service earlier in the school year, but didn’t realize she was still in the running for the state award.
“When I didn’t hear back from them for a while, I didn’t think I had gotten it,” she said.
The 17-year-old, whose teachers describe her as “delightful,” is the student body president at Eastside, where she is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program.
Rogers was the president of the junior class last year. She is also a member of the Political Awareness and Debate Club, the Migrant Children’s Book Club, the English Honors Society and Gainesville Chain Reaction, a youth chapter of the March of Dimes.
She’s helped organize events like prom and homecoming, as well as open houses and freshman orientation.
Rogers said she plans to pursue a career in educational policy.
In one of her favorite projects this year, the student government organized an event for National Compliment Day, in which anyone at the school could write anonymous compliments to anyone else. Rogers and other members of the student government delivered them to “pretty much everyone.”
“It was just a fun way for everyone to say something nice,” she said.
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