Analiese Wagner: Spirit of Gainesville nominee

Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.

I nominate Analiese Wagner for the Spirit of Gainesville award in the youth division. Analiese is a senior at GHS in the Cambridge program, two time president of National Honor Society, maintains a 4.0 grade point average, and has volunteered countless hours to the Girls Place as a volleyball coach and athletic assistant.


Analiese Wagner


Category: Youth

About Analiese Wagner

Occupation: Student

Years in Gainesville: 17

Analiese is devoted to and responsible for service in a number of ways. As the president of National Honor Society she is responsible for leading the club members in service activities that benefit the school and the community as a whole. Projects that she spearheaded last year include taking donations for our school's ESOL closet, which benefits our students and their families that are often new to this country and may need some basic necessities. She also organized our stuffed animal drive, which were donated to Gainesville Police Dept. to be used for children in crisis by patrolling police officers. And currently Analiese has organized a school supplies drive which will be given to teachers so that may be given to students who cannot afford basic school supplies.

Another area of contribution that Analiese has made to the community is her involvement in the Dance Marathon at GHS to support Children's Miracle Network. In the inaugural year, GHS raised $5,000 that was donated to the UF dance marathon. She was involved in the initial development, membership drive, sponsorship recruitment, and individual fundraising for this event. Analiese has already begun work for this year's dance marathon with the hope of raising $10,000 in 2014.

And finally, Analiese has donated hundreds of hours to the Girls Place as a volleyball coach and athletic assistant. Girls Place is a nonprofit organization in Gainesville which serves as a passageway from childhood to womanhood for many girls in the Gainesville community. The young women of today learn to become tomorrow’s future by living and developing in a continuously changing world. In 2011 she was named the Girls Place coach of the year due to her hard work and dedication to the program.

I have been a teacher in Alachua County for 21 years and Analiese is the most amazing student I have had the privilege to know and work with. She is bright, articulate, curious and most importantly passionate about leading and assisting others who most need help and support. It has been my pleasure to work with her in National Honor Society and I can't wait to see what she will do in the future.

Nominated by Toni Armeda

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