What Sets a DeSales First-Year Student Apart?

by Tom McNamara | Aug 21, 2012

Welcome class of 2016 

We asked the incoming freshman what they accomplished in high school. Below are their answers. The accomplishments include, but are not limited to:

I took the role of a captain of the lacrosse team and lead them to some victories.

I’m writing a book.

I finished writing a novel.

I have earned 11 varsity letters and maintained over a 4.0 GPA.

I met Bill Cosby.

Distal Media Student of the Year 2012 at High School

Secretary of National Honor Society

Winning the Brian A. Clymer award for athletic ability

Through dance, I’ve done a lot of charitable work and helped raise thousands of dollars to help the community. Also started the LCHS dance team, did all choreography and did benefit performances.

Outstanding Senior at my high school

LCHS Class of 2012 Highest Grade in Economics II

Making 100 subs at Subway in 5 hours

Winning District title for wrestling team

On a physics team that is in the top third in the state

I have been to Germany 6 times.

I canoed over 50 miles in Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.

I was V.P. of Senior High drama club.

Two career grand slam

I was media student of the year at my school as a senior.

Student Body Government

Track & Field Team Captain 3 years in a row

I own my own business, which is why I am going to school, to make it legitimate.

I was the youngest producer of our TV station at school.

Scoring the tying basket to put my basketball team in overtime during the playoffs

A successful transition from homeschool to high school

I am in the National Business Honor Society.

I’m an Eagle Scout. I’ve earned 3 Eagle Palms beyond that.

I’ve built PC’s since I was little.

Everything I’ve achieved with student council and AP scholar award.

I was the senior teen president of Jack & Jill of America New Castle County 2011-12.

I’m a preventive medicine specialist in the Army National Guard.

Lead actress in the Shakespeare play

I achieved a first black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

I am the first to go to college in my family.

My softball team made it 5th in Nationals over the summer.

Completed medical careers class (class at hospital) I’ve shadowed in almost every unit in hospital including a surgical team

Kairos Group Leader

I acted in a joint training exercise with SWAT.

Track State Medalist

Italian Honor Society for all years of High School

A letter wrote to Sports Illustrated was published in an issue.

Receiving 2 Freddy Award Nominations

I was Vice President for the Freehold FFA (a leadership organization).

Getting Most Improved Player for soccer

I have learned to go through life without a father.

I am a leader in the Pro-Life Club.

I made the sports’ wall at Christopher Dock for bowling.

I directed my 6 other siblings in a summer play that we performed for many friends and family.

I received academic honors and the patriotism award at my high school graduation.

Being cast as Eponine in Les Miserables at my high school

Being able to speak during my high school graduation this year

3rd Degree Black Belt

I am CPR/1st aid certified.

I performed with a select group of high schools in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Living in 6 states

I won best dancer at my high school.

Participated in 3 sports, worked and kept a 4.0 GPA

I completed my Girl Scout Silver Award.

I got into the DeSales Nursing Scholars Program.

I won an excellence in science award.

When I went undefeated in my 2007 cross country season

I had the opportunity to go to Tanzania on a mission trip in the summer of 2010.

Student directing my high school’s musical

I took classes here at DeSales as a University Scholar during high school.

I’m a black belt in Karate.

I am a cancer survivor.

Excessive community and school involvement due to participation in events requiring sound and audio equipment

Winning an award at my school art show

I made a documentary for the school’s musical.

Getting back into school after taking a year off and doing it by myself

Hiking across the Grand Canyon

EMT certification

I was chosen as a New Jersey Girls State Delegate.

No matter what stands in my way like the birth of my daughter I never give up.

Being able to volunteer at the Bancroft School for Autism

I was accepted to volunteer in Ecuador with the Hershey Medical Center.

I won the PA State astronomy award in 8th grade at Penn State.

Part of the 2012 Lacrosse Passic County Champs

I have raised over $10,000 for pediatric cancer.

Hosting a Peruvian dinner to raise money for the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s mission in Chimbote, Peru

Winning gold at states & county’s for crew (rowing)

Being deaf and getting this far

Invited to join the National Committee of High School Scholars

Going to Washington D.C. for a leadership conference

I was a member of a church choir that placed #1 in the nation in 2008.

I won a Christmas card contest for the Newark Bears Baseball team and got many awards and recognitions.

Named all-league in baseball & captain on my summer travel team

Being invited to the Jr. National Young Leadership Conference (Jr. NYLC)

Technology awards for Best Documentary award

I am a senior project student and I planned an entire even this year to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association: Raised 2,014.15

Always being on varsity tennis and making first team 3 years straight.

Bilingual in Arabic and English.

Dancing at Monsters weekend for 11 hours straight.

I raised my own money to pay for an overseas trip to Greece.

Class President

My athletic achievements

I led a project to help beautify and participated in the memorial at the Garden of Reflection

Starting varsity softball 4 years

Volleyball MVP

Played sports after playing ACL

High school tutor

I got straight A’s through High School

Graduating top 15% of my class

Marching band in a wheel chair

Film award winner

National Honor Society Member

Lived in Europe for 6 years

Intern at 2 animal hospitals in 1 year

Crew Medal winner

Drama prize award winner

Wrote a 3 page essay on garbage bags

Taught grandmother the English language at the age of 3

5th in the nation at National History Day

People to people student ambassador

Attended workshop with Wicked crew in New York City

Played Chova in Fiddler on the Roof

Organized and ran a donation drive for operation gratitude

Played in Lions all-star game for soccer

Had short stories published in an online magazine


Been to the 5 of the 7 continents

I was in the inaugural theater group of the Philadelphia Thanksgiving day parade

Maintaining All A’s and holding 4 officer positions in orchestra

Performed at the Kennedy center in Washington DC

Won 2 national championships with marching band

Dual Enrollment

Prom Queen

Did service work for a week in Cincinnati

Won Saint Timothy award in her Parish

International science fair award winner

Participated in Cats

MVP of high school basketball team

Broke track records in high school

Stood for 24 hours during mini-thon for cancer

Jumping 4 feet on my horse while in Ireland

Recovering from major jaw surgery

Was the youngest member in the Nation’s Day of Prayer choir for 7 years. Acted at the Sight and Sound Theater

Won an award for an essay about her faith and how it affected her.

Placed 7th in an international Irish dance competition in Dublin, Ireland

12 years of perfect attendance

Overcoming heart surgery and type 1 diabetes

Opened up a soup kitchen

Moved from Philippines to U.S

Emerging Health Professionals program Graduate

Started girls golf program at high school

Junior EMT member

Female junior Martial Artist of the year 2006. Inducted in to the world karate union hall of fame.

I can sign and speak Chinese

ESPN Rise Magazine as Top 40 soccer player in CT in 2010

Saved someone’s life while lifeguarding

I taught myself to play guitar, drums and piano and wrote songs for my band.

Published in a book

Taught myself Japanese

I ate The Volcano at the Inside Scoop

Went to Oxford University to take a class in Quantum Physics for fun

Certified volunteer firefighter

Earned a Presidential scholarship

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Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications

610.282.1100 x1219

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