Maryland Young Leaders Awardee Sara
Maryland Young Women Leaders Honoree
12th Grade, Northern Garrett High School
Nominated by Kaitlin Shirko, School Counselor, Northern Garrett High School
Sara is a senior at Northern Garrett High School, where she has been President of the Class of 2022 for the last four years. She serves on the executive board of the Maryland Association of Student Councils as the Divisional Liaison representing the western region of the state. As President of the Garrett County Association of Student Councils, she is responsible for organizing county student council events. She participates in her school’s mock trial team and is currently co-captain and a lead attorney. Sara is amember of the Bittinger 4-H Club and is an active participant in the Garrett County Agricultural and Maryland State Fairs, where she has won numerous ribbons.
Sara has participated in FIRST robotics for seven years and is currently a member of FIRST Tech Challenge Team (FTC) 2818 G- FORCE, where she serves as lead electrician and editor of the engineering portfolio. She was named an EngineerGirl Ambassador by the National Academy of Engineering in 2019 and in 2021 and was named an FTC Dean’s List Winner in recognition of her leadership and dedication to FIRST’s mission. Living in a small, rural community with limited access to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), Sara is dedicated to exposing youth to opportunities in science and engineering. She is currently coaching a FIRST LEGO League Explore team and volunteers countless hours to bring STEM activities to local youth, as well as volunteering at local and state robotics events.
With a passion for volunteering, Sara has over 600 service hours documented with the school system. She believes in the importance of serving local organizations and making an impact in her community. She volunteers with local service organizations, such as the Kitzmiller Lions Club, the Garrett County Farm Bureau, Hospice of Garrett County, and local churches, as well as other organizations.
Sara plans to attend West Virginia University to study criminology and psychology. She intends to continue serving others and working to improve her community.
A leader knows the importance of giving back to her community. A good leader knows how a small action can have a great impact.
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