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Keeping up with your goals

Keeping up with your goals

WARREN – Alysa Pinkerton, 17, is a senior at Warren High School.

Pinkerton is, and has been involved in many activities throughout her high school career.

Since her freshman year she has been a member of the student council, having served multiple titled positions; a member of the varsity soccer team, where she is currently team captain; was homecoming chair and on prom committee; and has continuously volunteered with many community activities.

Pinkerton said she has been playing soccer since she was 3 years old, and involved with student council since middle school.

“I have a busy schedule, but I enjoy being a part of these activities,” said Pinkerton.

She said being part of a team (student council and soccer) has taught her grit and resilience.

“Being in these activities will better prepare me for the future by trying to not only better myself, but to also better my community,” she said.

Pinkerton said soccer has taught her how to push herself both physically and mentally.

“Games are often very competitive, where we have to overcome adversity as a team,” she said. “I have gained a great amount of friends by playing this game, not only through Warren, but also through my years playing with Club Ohio.”

Pinkerton has had the chance to travel to many places with soccer.

“One of my favorite memories was playing in the Disney Showcase with my teammates,” she said.

In the student council, where she serves as the senior class president and executive treasurer, they often come up with activities to help others. Pinkerton said the student council really focuses on helping the local community and creating and organizing activities for Warren High School.

“One of our most recent activities was helping a local high school student who is battling cancer,” she said. “Our principal (Ryan Lemley) approached our executive officers and asked if we would like to help raise money for the family … the problem was we only had two days!”

Pinkerton, along with other members spread the word and made an order form for a t-shirt fundraiser, then went around during their Personalized Learning Periods to collect money for shirts and additional donations.

They were able to collect over $1,000 for the family.

“I am very proud of them. I think it speaks a lot to the character of our entire student body and their families that we were able to organize this and raise so much so quickly,” she said.

Their principal was also very proud of the students.

“This would not have happened without the efforts of the student council, their officers and particularly Alysa,” said Lemley.

“I wanted to step up and help, because I think it is important to help others,” said Pinkerton. “It is hard enough to be a high school student without being sick.”

On top of staying busy through activities, Pinkerton has also maintained a summer job for the past three years and is taking some courses online through Washington State Community College.

“In the future I want to attend Shawnee State University and become an occupational therapist and work with kids,” she said.

Pinkerton said she was inspired to become a pediatric occupational therapist because she likes working with kids.

“When I was younger, I worked with an occupational therapist who was able to teach me a lot,” she said. “She made her profession seem very exciting, and seemed very passionate about helping young kids.”

Pinkerton said this experience has always stuck with her, and she wants to have the opportunity to pay it forward to others.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at

mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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