I went to Kyra’s Bakeshop, a wonderful gluten-free bakery by my home. I’ve known the owner, Kyra, for two years now, as we met while we were both fundraising with The Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Kyra is an absolutely wonderful woman. She puts sparkly tinsel in her hair, she wears bright colors, and she truly bring a warm and welcoming presence to her bakeshop. I went in to Kyra’s today to get a cupcake and a grilled cheese – I’m not gluten free, but their food is so tasty you don’t have to be. While there I interviewed the waitress: a graduate of my high school, her name was Bailey. I asked Bailey what role trust played to Kyra’s Bakeshop, and how important trust was between them and us, the customers. She told me that transparency was key: they were transparent with their ingredients, with their business practices. They also were contributors, Bailey told me. I knew this firsthand. Kyra had donated cupcakes to my school before, had donated her time and energy in many ways. Trust is at the foreground of their business: trust is what keeps people like me, and all the people in Lake Oswego, coming back. Bailey also talked to me about how with trust their must be consistency. She framed it as so: “I went to this restaurant I love last week. I had been there a hundred times, and had great food every time. But last time, the same order was terrible. Now I don’t want to go back there anymore. That is why, consistency is key.” She makes a great point. The BBB and Trust help ensure that consistency is present, along with the other key business practices that Kyra’s is known for and proud of. The BBB works with businesses to help make my life, and fellow consumers lives, better. The BBB and Trust helps to provide that transparency that is so integral to forming a positive relationship between businesses like Kyra’s, and people, just like me.

Tell us a little about yourself
I moved from Arizona to Oregon in 2004. One minivan filled with two children, two dogs, one cat, one fish, and one mother made the drive to start a new life in a new state. Being a single mom, my mother is the strongest person I know, and you cannot know about me without knowing how much I love and look up to her. Family is an integral facet of who I am, and why I do all that I do. I love high school. But I am ready to move forward and face a new challenge and environment. My favorite part of high school has been my experience with the Associated Student Body (ASB). I was inducted into ASB my sophomore year, and my life has never been the same. I have grown as a person through learning to work with others and with the world around me. I pride myself on leading by example, leading with passion, and leading with purpose. I would say my biggest strength in my leadership is my empathy, but it can also complicate things. I love connecting with people, not merely sympathizing with them but truly feeling for them – however, at times, I can lose sight of myself, which can lead to hardships and problems. Still, I would not trade my empathetic nature for anything, for it led me to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS), an incredible organization I have worked with for the past three years. LLS works to find cures to blood cancers and improve life for those suffering and their families. Through working with LLS I have raised over $11,000 dollars for their efforts, but more than that I have been able to meet survivors and hear their stories, and help those who are going through those hardships today.
List and explain any awards received related to academic achievement
I have been on honor roll every semester of high school, and have received Student of the Quarter awards in over ten classes since I began going to Lakeridge my Freshman Year. Lakeridge is an academically challenging school, with rigorous course loads but interesting classes and teachers. I feel academically challenged and invigorated to always try my hardest and strive to learn. I came to Lakeridge High School completely new, and my 8th-grade class had 16 people in it in total. I knew no one, and I had no idea what public high school would be like. It took a lot of growth and adjustment, but I have now grown socially as well as academically, and I cannot wait to see what academic challenges await.
Describe at least three school-related extra-curricular activities
I participate in Model United Nations (MUN), and have gone to the conference every year of high school. This year I will be a Committee Chair, which means that I will get to help run the delegation and the debates that occur. I love MUN, and it has been a great experience to learn professionalism, debate skills, and how to meet and interact with new people from all around the state. 

Associated Student Body (ASB) is another extra-curricular activity I participate in. It is my third year in ASB, and through ASB I have planned two school dances, multiple community events, fundraisers, and more. I have gained both clerical skills and people skills, and I will remember ASB as my favorite part of high school years into the future. 

I am an EXCEL tutor at my school, taking the time after school to tutor underclassmen in multiple subjects. I love it because I get to meet and connect with underclassmen, getting to know them as more than just faces I pass in the hallway. I most often tutor in biology and Spanish, both subjects I am passionate about and enjoy helping others learn more about.
Explain at least one leadership role that you have held
This year, I was elected as Associated Student Body (ASB) President at my high school. Being ASB President has been one of the most incredible, gratifying, and growth-filled experiences. I have learned how to bring people together, how to unite among a common goal despite our differences, how to serve others, and how to “recolor the wheel”. That is what my Leadership class teacher, Mr. Abbott always says: “We need to learn not how to reinvent the wheel, but how to recolor it”. That’s something that has stuck with me throughout my entire leadership experience at Lakeridge. ASB has prepared me for the world beyond high school in so many ways, and this notion of recoloring the wheel is a large part of that. Wherever I go in the future, and whatever I am doing, I will be working to build off of tradition and the past, recoloring it with my ideas and innovations. 

Another aspect of being ASB President that I love is getting to lead my school in the pledge of allegiance at assemblies. Getting to address my school, my peers, and be someone who can lead by example connect with people, is something I am truly fortunate for. This coming June, when I graduate, I get the honor of getting to stand on stage and shake hands (or hug) every single one of my classmates. While I am so nervous for the impending graduation, the start of my post-highschool life, I cannot wait to be a leader for my class and school up on that stage, with the people I have grown up beside for four years.